December Year of the Rooster Writing Contest Rules and Regs : )

Yes, it’s that holiday-ze time of year when all hell breaks loose on O’ahu roads. Add rain, and you’ve got a perpetual display of how bad drivers can be on this island. I mean REALLY bad drivers. I mean their driving ability is zero.

But on to happier topics. You know the routine already, but I’ll post the rules as always. This month you can write

a haiku


a piece that is EXACTLY 100 words


a piece that is EXACTLY 2000 words

I encourage all kinds of writing. Anything from fiction, to poetry, to plays to essays, to hybid genres. Anything you can dream up, be it standard fare or super exotic experimentation is acceptable. If you think you want to enter, but you’re afraid to do so because you don’t want your friends to know, you obviously can enter under any name you like. Think you got an idea but can’t get in out on paper, I will help you do it. Just email me your idea at [email protected], and I’ll help you. I mean EVERYONE has a 100 word piece waiting to hit that blank page. Together we can do it. Guaranteed.

So without further ado, here are this month’s writing topics:














Nuclear war

North Korea

South Korea







Turn signals


Cell phones


Okay, I think that’s a pretty full list with many, many options. Ready, set, go crazy, go wild, go write.


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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