April 2024 Year of the Tiger Bamboo Shoots Writing Challenge Prompts

Aloha e. Happy Tax Season to all of you. I hope you get large returns. I got $1 back from the State this year. Score!

Now, here’s what we’re up to this month. Let’s write between 100 and 1000 words. These are some prompts.You know the story. You can use the prompts, or you can write about whatever you want to write about.

The City
Hand Washed
These Days
How To Pick Mangoes
Dawn Moment
Getting an Idea
Choke Flowers
Get Chance
Mom’s Rules
Mixed Aloha
Home Feels Like

Write in any style and any language. No translation required, but you might reach a wider audience if you do provide a translation.

Remember, any piece you enter in the monthly challenge may be selected by the editors for inclusion in a future issue of Bamboo Ridge. Good Luck, and let’s write already : )


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This prompt is closed for submissions.

Talk story

  1. Lanning Lee says:


    As a child he dreamed
    Of being a knight in shining armor
    Slaying dragons and winning
    The fairest maiden in the land
    Benighted by King Arthur
    And assuming his seat at the round table
    But of course
    That was another time
    The days of yore
    Those good old days
    When we are young
    And the world is dubbed
    Full of possibility
    As is his practice every night

    This evening
    In the days of now
    He chews his ham on rye
    Drinks two cups of coffee
    After his shift at the factory
    Dresses up
    His one good suit of wool
    For nothing in particular
    By habit and wonders
    About the couple at the bar
    Would he have been
    Happily married anyway
    Might the woman of his dreams
    Come into the café now
    Flutter down beside him
    And would it be a fairytale
    Love at first sight
    But for this time
    And forever after

    Tonight you sit
    Perched at the counter
    With your solitary self
    Alone again and again and again

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