Rules and themes for the February writing contest : )

Okay, it’s a new month and a new chance to publish your great work. Remember, you never know. One of your pieces may get published in a future issue of Bamboo Ridge. I’m sure you’re very familiar with the rules for our contest, but here they are again.

You can write

a haiku


a piece that is EXACTLY 100 words


a piece that is EXACTLY 1000 words.

Here are the themes for February:

Black History Month

The shortest month of the year

Having a February 29th birthday

Groundhog Day

Bill Murray


Life insurance

Playing a musical instrument



Three-day weekends



Break time

Nursery rhymes

Organized crime




Utter dismay


Nuclear warnings

Chaotic mornings

Edward Snowden

‘Kay, we go den

Okay, we’re all still here, thankfully. And we shall endure, hopefully, to write more and more and more. So, let’s write.


By participating in the Bamboo Shoots community, you agree to the following rules:
  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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