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No Fooling. The Great BR Year of the Dragon Contest, Month #2 : )

Published by BAMBOO BUCKAROO | Monday, April 02, 2012 9:14 AM

Happy Year of the Dragon to all of you, and welcome to the April edition of The Great BR Year of the Dragon Contest:

Here are the two trigger pieces for April:

From Issue Number 25, Excerpts from Who da Guy? by Hiroshi Kawakami

From Issue Number 26, an excerpt from "The Ten Rules of Fishing," by Lisa Masumoto, and "Language Barrier," by Lisa Horuchi -- Ho, da plenny Lisas : )

Unlike The Great BR Fishing & Wishing 100 - 100 Contest, there are no theme choices, and there is no upper or lower word limit. After reading the pieces, YOU decide on your writing theme, and YOU decide whether you want your piece to be 10 words, 100 words, 1000 words -- well, you get it, right?

For anyone who may have trouble choosing a writing theme, I'd suggest possibilities such as "animals," "tricks," "patience," "language barriers," or "music."

Da Rulz an Stuffs:

1. You can submit one entry per month. All April entries must be posted on the Bamboo Shoots page of the BRP site between April 1 and April 30 at 2:00 p.m. HST.

2. Entries can be prose (including short stories, nonfiction essays, or whatever you come up with), poetry, or plays -- or any type of hybrid writing you dream up : )

Remember if you want to do paragraph indentations to make it easier for the judges to read your piece : ), put the [sp5 ] tag -- no spaces -- in front of the line you want to indent five spaces.

And don't forget to click the "Year of the Dragon Contest" button for your entry.

3. Every entry must have a title.

4. In the section below the title where it says:

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

You MUST include Year of the Dragon Entry to help the judges distinguish between contest entries and all other entries.

Your entry should look like this:

Title: Some Call It Luck

A blurb about your piece or a good quote from your piece: Year of the Dragon Contest


      From the moment he crawled out of bed, Mr. Chong Min knew his day would be challenging. . . . blah blah blah . . . In total exasperation, Mr. Min threw himself onto his Lay-Z-Boy and moaned, "If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all."

5. Winners will be announced with all possible BR speed after 2:00 p.m. HST, April 30th, and they'll win Bamboo Bucks credit to spend in the BRP online bookstore.

6. Don't forget that 29 entries from July 2010 through June 2011 were selected for publication in the upcoming 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 let's write!


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