The Great BR Year of the Dragon Contest wraps up in January : )

Happy last week of 2012. Hope you’re having a great holiday season. Guess what? January’s word limit is 400 words. That’s right. 400 words.

The six triggers for January are:

#1. “Childhood,” by M. Suzuki
#2. “Letting Go,” by Lorna Hershinow
#3. “Secrets,” by Lee Kyselka
#4. “Pretend,” by Mavis Hara
#5, “There Is no Hiding,” by John Vieria
#6. “Name Me Is,” by Lois-Ann Yamanaka

Use one of the six prompts to trigger your 400-word piece.

Contest Rules


1. You can submit one entry per month. All entries must be posted on the Bamboo Shoots page of the BRP site between January 1 and January 31 at 2:00 p.m. HST.

2. Entries can be prose (including super short stories, nonfiction essay-lets, or whatever you write), poetry, or playlets -- or any type of hybrid writing you dream up, and entries MUST be 400 words OR LESS.

Remember -- no joke -- if you want to do paragraph indentations to make it easier for the judges to read your piece : ), put the            tag -- no spaces -- in front of the line you want to indent five spaces.

And no joke plus, don't forget to click the "Year of the Dragon Contest" button for your entry.

3. Every entry must have a title, and the title does NOT count against the word total.

4. In the section below the title where it says:

A blurb about your piece or a good quote from your piece:

You MUST -- REALLY NOT KIDDING -- include your word count.

Your entry should look like this:

Title: Burn the House Down

A blurb about your piece or a good quote from your piece: 382 words


We all know that smoking kills. Blah . . . blah . . . blah. The official word was an electrical short, but he and I knew it was our cigarettes.

5. Winners will be announced with all possible BR speed after 2:00 p.m. HST, January 31st, and they'll win Bamboo Bucks credit to spend in the BRP online bookstore. WOOOOOHOOOOO!!!

6. Don't forget that 29 entries from July 2010 through June 2011 were selected for publication in the landmark 100th issue of BAMBOO RIDGE. So you never know. Your piece might be published in a future issue of BAMBOO RIDGE : )

Good luck to you, and write like you're going to set the world on fire : )

This prompt is closed for submissions.

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