June 2022 Year of the Tiger Bamboo Shoots Writing Contest Prompts

I want to say this again, friends.  Submissions to the monthly contest may be written in any language you choose.  I would make the recommendation that you also provide an English language translation so that your work can reach a wider audience, but that is completely up to you.  Feel free to submit a piece without any translation.

Okay, so it’s June, right?  Given the pandemic, I have no idea if June is still the preferred marrying month.  But for the purpose of generating some prompts, let’s say it is.

Also, June is PRIDE month, and June is also the month where we celebrate King Kamehameha and Juneteenth, the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans.  It’s also often observed for celebrating African-American culture in general.

Remember.  These prompts are suggestions only.  Use them as springboards, or ignore them completely and write whatever you want to write.  All forms of writing are welcome, including poems, fiction, essays, plays, or any hybrid genre or experimental writing.

So here we go:

Something old
Something new
Something borrowed
Something blue

Remember, you never know.  Your piece might be selected by the editors for publication in a future issue of Bamboo Ridge, A Journal of Hawai’i Literature and Art.  Would be great to be published right?  Maybe not as great as winning 10 Bamboo Bucks.  Um, well, maybe at least as great.  Okay, yeah, maybe better.  Little bit.  S’all good.

So stop reading and get writing.  Good luck to all of you.  Keep ‘um coming.  Take care, stay well, and love your families.


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  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.
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  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.

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