school days, school daze
As students everywhere in the northern hemisphere are headed back to school, we’re open for business here at this rockin’ gin joint of a speakeasy. Last week was our first week back from our summer break and shoot howdy were we glad to see you! Or at least most of you… If you’re missing your bestie from last year, drop ’em a line to remind them that we’re here and pouring whatever you’re drinking.
check your schedule and write down your locker combination somewhere
This week is the last week that the speakeasy is unmoderated. You’re not going to have to serve detention for linking up stuff that may not make the cut next week, but please be a brown-noser and give it the good old college try this week, anyway. Practice for next week, when our delightful diva Rowan will begin moderating your submissions.
stuff to keep in mind:
- The sentence prompt must be used exactly as written. We’re flexible about changing the period to a comma, but you cannot change any of the words or the order in which they are written.
- Grammar and punctuation matter.
- If you’re writing fiction, plot matters.
- Word count matters too. If you go over 750 words, your piece will not be approved, so check your word count before you publish.
- Proofreading can save your life. Or at least earn you more votes.
our weekly schedule:*Please note all times are in the Eastern Time Zone. Like NYC.
- Sunday, 12:00 a.m.: Challenge kicks off and the prompts are announced.
- Tuesday, 12:00 a.m.: Grid opens for submissions.
- Wednesday, 11:59 p.m.: Grid closes to submissions.
- Thursday, 12:00 a.m.: Voting opens.
- Thursday, 10:00 p.m.: Voting closes.
- Friday, noon: Winners are announced.
class, open your notebook…
This week’s sentence prompt, provided by last week’s winner, Nate, must be used as the FIRST line in your piece. And your media prompt this week is a photo, which you will find below.
- Your post must be dated August 31, 2014, or later.
- Submissions must be 750 words or fewer.
- Submissions must be fiction or poetry.
- The following sentence must be the FIRST line in your submission: “He waited for an hour.”
- You must also include a reference to the media prompt.
- Submissions must be written specifically for the grid. Don’t submit an entry if you intend to showcase it to another blog challenge. Such posts are deleted without notice and you’ll find yourself in the principal’s office.
- Don’t post long explanations before your post. We want your writing to be the star of the show. If you need to clarify anything, please do it at the end.
- The badge for your speakeasy #177 post is found in the sidebar. Add the code to the html/text view of your post before publishing.
- Come back on Tuesday and add your link to the Inlinkz grid!
Remember to think outside the box when you write your piece. Exercise those fabulous writer’s muscles! Think about how others might use the prompts, then go in a different direction. Check out our flash fiction guide for more information on what makes a winning story.