February 2023 Year of the Rabbit Bamboo Shoots Writing Contest Prompts : )

Okie Dokie, Happy February to all you writers out there in, er, writerland. First off, have you checked over under the blogs to see if you won10 Bamboo Bucks for your January writing submission?  Hurry up.  Go take a look:

January 2023 Year of the Tiger Bamboo Shoots Writing Contest Winners : )

Okay, this month we’re going to write between 100 and 1000 words. BRP website godmother, Misty, has contributed the rules for this month, along with some of the suggested prompts. What we want this month is for you to post your story/poem/essay/play/hybid genre, and then post it backward, like so:

Sentence/Line 1
Sentence/Line 2
Sentence/Line 3
Sentence/Line 4
. . .

and then:

. . .
Sentence/Line 4
Sentence/Line 3
Sentence/Line 2
Sentence/Line 1

So the first one is top down, and the second one is bottom up. It’s a very mechanical exercise, but it could be interesting. Amusing. Confusing. Eye-opening. Especially if you’ve never looked at your writing from the bottom up.

The prompts include some of Misty’s, and even though they are some of Misty’s, she will not be offended if you ignore them. You buggah! Nah, just kidding. Feel free to ignore all prompts and write whatever you like, between 100 and 1000 words, post first the top down, and then bottom up versions.

Here are the prompts:

Black History Month
Valentine’s Day
Fat Tuesday
Eat your feelings
Feed your demons
Hungry like the wolf
Nice beads
Cool threads
Fiery temper
Icy looks
Warm feelings
Thank you
High noon

Okay, between 100 and 1000 words, and post both the top down and bottom up versions.

Don’t forget, your post for any monthly contest, may be selected by the editors for publication in a future issue of the Bamboo Ridge Journal. So let’s write already : )



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  1. We reserve the right to remove content that promotes hate or gratuitous violence. Be respectful and courteous to others.
  2. All contest challenge entries must be submitted by the designated
  3. Enter as many times as you like using a trigger/prompt (this page).
  4. Contest Challenge entries can be prose (including short stories, nonfiction essays, or whatever you write), poetry, or plays -- or any type of hybrid writing you dream up.
  5. Every entry must have a title -- unless you choose to enter a haiku, in which case you can simply enter the word haiku in the title section.
  6. All content/entries should be original work. You retain ownership of your entries; however, we may ask to use them elsewhere on the site or on social media to help promote Bamboo Ridge and/or the Bamboo Shoots online writing community.
  7. Winners will be announced with all possible speed after the end of each month. Winners receive 10 Bamboo Bucks credit to spend in the BRP online bookstore. Bamboo Bucks have no monetary value outside of the online store.
  8. Entries may also be selected for publication in the regular Bamboo Ridge Journal. If your piece is chosen, the editors will contact you via the email address on file.
  9. Please note that you need not enter the contest challenge in order to post on Bamboo Shoots. You may post other writing if you choose. We welcome that here:  Click this link to go to Shoot da Breeze.

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