Happy Year of the Dragon to all of you. This is the 411 on the new BAMBOO SHOOTS online writing contest. In honor of the Chinese New Year, we’re calling it:
The Great BR Year of the Dragon Contest
Here are the rules for the contest. Continuing the idea of posting covers and pieces/excerpts from past issues, there are two choices to help stimulate your writing. Here are the two for March 2012:
Unlike The Great BR Fishing & Wishing 100 – 100 Contest, there are no theme choices, and there is no upper or lower word limit. After reading the pieces, YOU decide on your writing theme, and YOU decide whether you want your piece to be 30 words, 300 words, 3000 words — well, you get it, right?
For anyone who may have trouble choosing a writing theme, I’d suggest possibilities such as “missing,” “easy answers,” “a letter,” or “walking late at night.”
1. You can submit one entry per month. All March entries must be posted on the Bamboo Shoots page of the BRP site between March 1 and March 31 at 2:00 p.m. HST.
2. Entries can be prose (including short stories, nonfiction essays, or whatever you come up with), poetry, or plays -- or any type of hybrid writing you come up with : )
Remember if you want to do paragraph indentations, put the -- no spaces -- in front of the line you want to indent five spaces.
And don't forget to click the "Year of the Dragon Contest" button for your entry.
3. Every entry must have a title.
4. In the section below the title where it says
A blurb about your piece or a good quote from your piece:
You MUST include Year of the Dragon Entry to help the judges distinguish between contest entries and all other entries.
Your entry should look like this:
Title: Something Missing
A blurb about your piece or a good quote from your piece: Year of the Dragon Contest
He looked for the keys, everywhere. . . . blah blah blah . . . By the time he finally found them, he'd forgotten where he'd parked his car.
5. Winners will be announced with all possible BR speed after 2:00 p.m. HST, April 1, and they'll win Bamboo Bucks credit to spend in the BRP online bookstore.
6. Don't forget that 29 entries from July 2010 through June 2011 were selected for publication in the upcoming 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 let the contest begin!