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The Great BR Year of the Snake Contest for April : )

Published by BAMBOO BUCKAROO | Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:27 PM



Writers, are you ready to write? Okay, the word limit for this month is 500 words again.

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

Issue Number 57, Winter 1993, New Moon

SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE PAHALA THEATRE, By Lois-Ann Yamanaka

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

Rules:

1. You can submit one entry per month. All 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 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: Leaving the Islands

A blurb about your piece or a good quote from your piece: 489 words

Body:

      I told myself I would never take a job outside of Hawaii . . . blah blah blah . . . Hello, Las Vegas, you better not make me wish I were back in Hawaii.


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. 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'd have to leave Hawaii behind if you didn't write like crazy : )



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Hinaea - Thursday, March 28, 2013 2:35 PM.


Title: Hina

"This would be the last time she would know morning, by tomorrow the stars would steal her away..."

Without the dawn, she was bare and vulnerable
I felt uneasy watching her sleep
Her long, black hair sprawled out like a lace net
fastened to catch darkness instead of light moved as
if some spiritual power had touched it,
forcing waves of it to fall over her shoulders ,
and then onto the tender spot on the inside of her arm
where lay a mark that she belonged somewhere else -
to someone else
This would be the last time she would know morning
By tomorrow, the stars would steal her away
And I begged the moon and evening song to take me instead
Because of all the beauties that make the moon reflect light
Only she promised to save me