Works of fiction and poetry by friends of Bamboo Ridge Press.


I am born. . . . If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

The Great BR Year of the Snake Contest begins : )

Published by BAMBOO BUCKAROO | Thursday, February 28, 2013 6:17 PM

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 Kaua`i 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 : )


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 [sp5 ] 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 : )


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tamasuda - Monday, March 04, 2013 10:32 AM.

Title: She Wanted to Turn Back to Help

The "someone" that everyone wanted to be: 131 words

A silent girl of few words
so badly
to be someone,
someone that everyone admired,
the "someone" that everyone wanted to be.
one day,
incomplete homework
the next day. Finally noticed by
the "someone" that everyone wanted to be.
Skipping practice for house parties,
bottle after bottle
shot after shot
of what
the "someone" that everyone wanted to be
Coming home past
the darkest time of night:
Wasting away her days,
and texting
the "someone" that everyone wanted to be.
Her parents constantly angry
at her new self:
the "someone" that everyone wanted to be.
Yet it was not what
she wanted.
Not what she
She wanted to turn back to help
But she was
the "someone" that everyone wanted to be