Happy New Year! Year of the Ram for January : )

Hope you all choked your way through December 31st. It was really smokey at my house. Which reminded me it was time to post the details about The Great Writing Contest for the Year of the Ram for January. This is the last one, folks, so pile on. February is always the month break to celebrate Chinese New Year. So here it is:

The themes for this month are:

New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year



New Year’s Resolutions

Leap Year (The February 29th babies celebrate : )

Loved ones here and gone

Those were the days, my friend.

Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger. Chips, chips, chips, chips. Pepsi, Pepsi, Pepsi, Pepsi.

Yes, we’re increasing the word limit again. So you can write a piece that is exactly 500 words


A piece that is exactly 100 words


A haiku.

Happy New Year! Here’s to a great 2016 with lots of great writing.


By participating in the Bamboo Shoots community, you agree to the following rules:
  1. We reserve the right to remove content that promotes hate or gratuitous violence. Be respectful and courteous to others.
  2. All contest challenge entries must be submitted by the designated
  3. Enter as many times as you like using a trigger/prompt (this page).
  4. Contest Challenge 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.
  5. Every entry must have a title -- unless you choose to enter a haiku, in which case you can simply enter the word haiku in the title section.
  6. All content/entries should be original work. You retain ownership of your entries; however, we may ask to use them elsewhere on the site or on social media to help promote Bamboo Ridge and/or the Bamboo Shoots online writing community.
  7. Winners will be announced with all possible speed after the end of each month. Winners receive 10 Bamboo Bucks credit to spend in the BRP online bookstore. Bamboo Bucks have no monetary value outside of the online store.
  8. Entries may also be selected for publication in the regular Bamboo Ridge Journal. If your piece is chosen, the editors will contact you via the email address on file.
  9. Please note that you need not enter the contest challenge in order to post on Bamboo Shoots. You may post other writing if you choose. We welcome that here:  Click this link to go to Shoot da Breeze.

This prompt is closed for submissions.

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