June 2024 Year of the Dragon Bamboo Shoots Writing Contest Prompts

Boom. And just like that, June is busting out all over. And weddings, right? Tis the season. So let’s celebrate with pieces that are between 100 and 1000 words. You can write fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction essays, or any hybrid combination experimental genre you choose.

We welcome pieces written in the language of your choice. No translation is required, although you may reach a wider audience if you provide one.

Remember. These prompts are only suggestions. You can use them, or you can write about anything you choose. So here we go:

The plane ride to top all plane rides
Living on a shoestring
What the sun can do
Living in the big city
Parents: Is that good advice, or is it just nagging?
Significant signatures
In the cave
So you thought you’d seen it all
The stray cats
What was that dish called again?
The best mango
That place is gone now

Okay, so use the prompts to inspire you, or just write what you like. Here we go. Let’s write.



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