Year of the Horse Writing Contest: May Prompts

As in the past few months, this month there is no word limit for your entries. HOWEVER, we are also looking for haiku entries, if you are so inclined. The triggers for this month are lines taken from the following two texts:

  1. you dare go against me?
  2. like Papa used to say
  3. I’m sorry, really sorry
  4. all went well at the wedding
  5. he had quite a reputation
  6. no, no, no, no!
  7. Daddy would never hear of it
  8. he had already forgiven her
  9. From “Koi Pond”:

Even during his illness, Seijiro Kikuta said to his wife, Kame, “Land is everything. Hold on to it if you can.” The land would save them. It always gave back what you put into it. “The land is for the children,” he said. “They’ll come back to it, you’ll see.”

But the children didn’t want the land. They hated the place. In the first place they couldn’t wait to get away, go to college and look for jobs elsewhere. Now, they were all professionals, living in big cities. “What can we do with the land?” the children said. “We don’t want it, sell it. Come and live with us in Honolulu.” Or “Come and live with us in L.A.”

Disheartened by his children’s audacity — for hadn’t he worked hard for their sakes? — Seijiro decided to live out his life in the only place he knew. Children, he thought to himself, were thankless in the end.

Original price was: $15.00.Current price is: $10.05.
  1. Hurricane Iwa had struck during my senior year in high school and Iniki had been much stronger.
    From “Beautiful Kawai,” by Danelle Cheng
  2. take root and blossom forth in native soil
    From “Press Down,” by Keith Kalani Akana
  3. familial protection
    From “Of Chestnut Kings and Faerie Queens,” by Margo Berdeshevsky
  4. talk about a Kodak moment
    From “Over the Falls,” by John Clark
  5. your order of raw fish, I hate to correct you, is really “sashimi,” not “sushi”
    From “Eratta,” by R. Zamora Linmark
  6. it feels like I am always dreaming of your coming and going
    From “How Memory Enters,” by Jennifer Santos Madriaga
  7. all the mangoes and papayas you could eat
    From “Beautiful Ilocano,” by Noel Abubo Mateo
  8. see but don’t touch
    From “Tomoe Ame,” by Mavis Hara
  9. From “Toyo Theater Samurai,” by Nealson Sato:

For Hiro and me, Saturdays were magical reprieves from the universe of Miss Fujikami, Mrs. Silva, and the other 40-year DPI (later DOE) veterans at Kalihi Waena Elementary. No spelling tests were given on Saturdays, no Weekly Reader discussed, No Science in Action reviewed. No one had detention in Mr. Robello’s office and no one got beat up by Yolanda Ah Sing.

Instead, on these Saturdays, we would go over to each other’s house. I preferred going over to his house because his family was rich. His father worked at Pearl Harbor and, according to my mother, he must have made a lot of money because Hiro’s mom didn’t have to work. Whenever I went over to Hiro’s, she was always cleaning the house, sewing, or making something good for us to eat and giving us Double Cola or Dairyman’s ice cream sandwiches, the kind that my sister would buy after school at Yama’s Market if we had money. My father and mother would both be working on Saturdays, and at my house we were lucky if we had Exchange orangeade or ice cake made from Kool-Aid and Jell-O. Even at Halloween, while my house gave out bubble gum, butterscotch, or the tiny box of Chiclets that had two pieces in it, Hiro’s mom handed out real-sized Baby Ruth or Snickers. All the kids made sure they trick-or-treated at Hiro’s house.

Use one of the prompts to trigger your piece AND if you use one of the lines in your piece, your mojo is strong : )

Good luck to you, and write like there’s no tomorrow : )

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 May 1 and May 31 at 2:00 p.m. HST.
2. 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.
*Don't forget to click the "Year of the Horse Contest" button for your entry.
3. Every entry must have a title -- unless you choose to enter a haiku, in which case you should simply enter the word haiku in the title section -- unless you do 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: I Don't Get It / or just Haiku
A blurb about your piece or a good quote from your piece: 20 words
He got out of his car, came to my window, asked me to roll it down -- which I foolishly did -- and punched me in the face. . . . blah blah blah . . . Compared to me he was pretty bloody by the time we finished fighting for no reason I could figure out.
5. Winners will be announced with all possible BR speed after 2:00 p.m. HST, May 31, and they'll win Bamboo Bucks credit to spend in the BRP online bookstore. WOOOOOHOOOOO!!! And may you'll be published in a future issue of Bamboo Ridge : )
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 : )

This prompt is closed for submissions.

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