April 2023 Year of the Rabbit Bamboo Shoots Writing Contest Prompts

Happy April. The cruelest month, or so I’ve heard some people moan about. I say the month is what you make of it. This month we’ll write between 100 and 500 words. And because Misty is on a roll, we’re going to use another one of her ideas.

The goal this month is to write your piece first in the present tense, and then in the past tense. So, your entry will look something like this:

My Dog Has Fleas (present tense)

Sparky, my dog, has fleas.  He scratches all the time. . . .  blah blah blah

My Dog Had Fleas (past tense)

Sparky, my dog, had fleas.  He scratched all the time. . . . blahed blahed blahed

So that’s two pieces in your entry, 100 to 500 words, first part in present tense, second part same story/poem/whatever you like in past tense.

Here now here are the prompts for April. Remember, you can use ‘um, or you can skip ‘um and write about whatever you want to write about.

April showers
April Fool’s Day
Color TV
Climbing trees
Climbing ladders
Climbing mountains
Falling down
Falling in love
Spring break
Springing into action
Springing a leak
Springing for dinner

Okay. 100 to 500 words. First part of the post is piece in present tense. Second part of the post is the same piece but in past tense.

Oh, and before I forget, go check to see if you were a March winner: https://www.bambooridge.org/bambooshoots-news/bambooshoots-winners/march-2023-year-of-the-rabbit-bamboo-shoots-writing-contest-winners/

And remember that any piece you post for the monthly contest might be selected by the editors for future publication in the Bamboo Ridge Journal.

Let’s write.


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