Are you up for the #52Essays2017 Challenge?

You hear it all the time: to be a better writer, you have to read and write more. This year, why not commit to this practice by making it a weekly habit?

A challenge for budding writers has been put out that does not only seek to provide means to improve participants’ skills, but also to dare them to be bold. The 52 Essay Challenge basically requires participants to write one personal essay each week. This is the second year that the writing challenge has been put out. It only has been one week since 2017 started, but this year’s challenge is seemingly shaping up to be a success.

The essay can be about anything we want, as long or as short as we want it to be. The writer can choose to post it publicly or keep it in private. It all depends on who writes. After all, the goal is to reflect on personal experiences and dig deep.

Finished outputs do not necessarily have to be polished. As Vanessa explained when she posted her call for participation, “this is about surrendering to process. This is for you, no one else.”

Here is the complete rundown of the rules for the #52essays2017 challenge as written by Vanessa:

  1. This isn’t about producing a polished essay. This is about surrendering to process. This is for you, no one else.
  2. There is no word limit. It can be as short or as long as you like. Just try to dig into the stories. Why is this coming up? What is it you’re not saying? What is it you want to say? Why? Dig!
  3. Create a blog if you don’t already have one (there are tons of options including,, etc.) and post the weekly essay on your blog. You can make it public or you can keep it private. That’s really up to you. The point is to write.
  4. You have to post an essay a week, which isn’t easy. I have missed a week here or there but posted it later, usually not past the following Monday. If you miss a week, okay. Don’t beat yourself up. Just try. Push. Write. Then post it.

Writers who plan to make their work public can join the #52essays2017 community to exchange stories with very encouraging, fellow participants.

Most of the first-week entries are up, but if you’re interested to join, you can definitely catch up!

The creator of this challenge is Miss Vanessa Martir. You can read the post here. Thanks for reaching out to us Vanessa.

  • Katia Ruiz

    Vanessa Mártir put the call out to this challenge.

  • Vanessa Martir

    Hi. Thanks for spreading the news on this but as the person who started this, I think it would be great if my full name was included, Vanessa Mártir, along with a link to the call on my blog, especially since you’re quoting it verbatim:

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    Hey could you link to Ms. Martir’s blog and make sure she gets full credit by posting her full name. It’s super important that we represent on all these websites and give as much credit as we can to each other wherever and whenever we can. I’m super excited you’re putting the challenge out there, it’s an amazing challenge with a lot of wonderful, dynamic people.

  • Ashley Rodriguez

    Thank you for sharing the article but part of quoting is citing the reference which is the author of the article. With out the reference this makes it complete plagiarism. It is important that credit is given to who it deserves. Thank you.

  • its irresponsible and lazy journalism not to cite or credit correctly.

    do better. vanessa mártir.
    link to the posts. to her site.

  • JP Howard

    Please give full credit to essayist Vanessa Mártir who placed this challenge and to her blog where it was first posted: I am one of the hundreds of writers who has taken on this challenge & believe that her full name and blog link needs to be included in your post.

  • Nancy Hightower

    Please correctly cite the author, Vanessa Mártir, and give the appropriate link to her original blog post: It is unethical not to do so.

  • It is wonderful that you highlighted #52essays2017 here, but the author of the original blog post, Vanessa Martir, should have been given credit for the words lifted from her site, along with a link.

  • Tanuja Jagernauth

    Please don’t contribute to the erasure of writers of color who are leaders, mentors, and educators for other writers of color. Vanessa Mártir put the call out, and you should credit her. Please also share a link to her blog:

  • Tamika Thompson

    Elizabeth Ruth Deyro, “Vanessa” is Vanessa Martir. This is the link to her site: Did you cut and paste from there without including her full name and a link?

  • Ola Faleti

    Hey, the writer you’re referring to is actually Vanessa Mártir, you can find her blog here: . Give credit where credit is due

  • Connie Pertuz-Meza

    The writer and teacher’s full name is Vanessa Mártir

  • Crystal Joy

    Please be mindful to credit the full name of the creator/writer of this encouraging and inspiring community: her name is Vanessa Martir and this is the link to her site:

  • GirlGriot

    Using only Ms. Martir’s first name is incorrect and insulting. You’re not chatting with a friend over coffee, but writing to an audience of indeterminate size. You should use the writer’s full name from the start and then refer to her as Ms. Martir afterward. Please model appropriate respect for others’ work for your readers.

    Also, this challenge isn’t for “budding writers,” but for writers, period. There are many established authors participating.