The Great BR Year of the Snake Contest begins : )

Happy Year of the Snake. Ready to write? Okay, the word limit for the first month of The Great Year of the Snake contest is 500 words.

The triggers for this month are lines taken from the following texts. Find them here:

Polihale and Other Kauaʻi Legends, by Frederick B. Wichman

The Watcher of Waipuna and Other Stories, by Gary Pak

Use one of the prompts to trigger your 500-word piece AND if you use one of the lines in the piece, your mojo is strong : )


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 March 1 and March 31 at 2:00 p.m. HST.

2. Entries can be prose (including super short stories, nonfiction essay-lets, or whatever you write), poetry, or playlets -- or any type of hybrid writing you dream up, and entries MUST be 500 words OR LESS.

Remember -- no joke -- if you want to do paragraph indentations to make it easier for the judges to read your piece : ), put the            tag -- no spaces -- in front of the line you want to indent five spaces.

And no joke plus, don't forget to click the "Year of the Snake Contest" button for your entry.

3. Every entry must 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: Very Like a Snake

A blurb about your piece or a good quote from your piece: 429 words


As the old saying goes: Once bitten, twice shy. Blah . . . blah . . . blah. And my new purse looked great.

5. Winners will be announced with all possible BR speed after 2:00 p.m. HST, March 31st, and they'll win Bamboo Bucks credit to spend in the BRP online bookstore. WOOOOOHOOOOO!!!

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 : )

Good luck to you, and write like you're about to be skinned alive if you don't : )

This prompt is closed for submissions.

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