Creative Nonfiction Prompt #36

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Creative Nonfiction in The Ink Well Prompt #36


Welcome to The Ink Well's weekly creative nonfiction contest!

In this post, we'll announce the winners from last week's contest and provide the prompt for the coming week.

Before You Write Your Creative Nonfiction Post...

We ask that you read our Creative Nonfiction Tips post to learn about the creative nonfiction genre and review our guidelines.

Important notes:

  • Creative nonfiction stories are based on your real-life experiences.
  • We are looking for real short stories! Not advice columns, reports on crime or corruption in your city, observations on nature, recipes, religion, politics, or any other nonfiction content. Just real-life short stories.
  • Ideal story length is between 750 and 1500 words, but your story must be at least 350 words, at a minimum to be curated.
  • Please focus on quality content. Read and edit for errors! Use a grammar checker before you post your story.
  • We expect everyone who posts in The Ink Well to read and comment on at least two other stories for each one published.
  • Do not post stories featuring physical abuse, graphic violence, erotica or NSFW content.


Last Week's Creative Nonfiction Winners

Thank you to all who participated in last week's prompt Guilt

Last week's participants


Honorable Mentions of the Week

A Strong Choice

That left me in a dizzying limbo of confusion, as I didn't know at the time if my father's advice was the right one to follow through with. Maybe I didn't explain myself well and that's why he only granted me that bland conclusion, or maybe he was right and I should just keep quiet and not say the erratic things my co-worker was doing.

Pleading Guilty

A month later he was at it again. The light was green and then yellow. This time he was on his way to work on a rainy afternoon. The vehicle coming from the other side was going through the intersection at the same time. Because of the rain she couldn't stop and she collided righted into his new car.

The weight of guilt

Youth was a time when my friends and I thought we were invincible, the masters of the world. We felt we were above many and that superiority made us look conceited, unfriendly and hateful. Very few people could stand us, and the antipathy we aroused, rather than worrying us, fed our ego.

A week from hell

A week from hell|We got out of that death area with the help of other colleagues who pulled us to the burned zone with their rakes. There I fell to the completely black and lifeless ground, laughing at how close I was to death, while Adam cried for having narrowly escaped. I didn't stay there waiting to think about how close I had been to dying; I went in search of Lugo and the others who had moved to the safe zone but could still be in danger by not being in a secure area..


When it got to a stage where about 8 dozen breakable plates were reduced to like 2 dozen, she knew she had to devise other means to make me reduce the way I break the plates, it's not like she brings everything out at once. She only replaces them two at a time whenever I break them. She knew she can't tell me to stop washing as I am the only one amongst my siblings who is old enough to do house chores and another reason is that I will use that as an avenue to stop washing plates. When she noticed I was keen on breaking them, she gave me a final warning that the next plate I will break she will use it to draw on my face the type of tribal mark I always see on my aunt's and uncle's faces.

Third Place: Wins 2 Hive

Our third place winner is @alexlight, with the story:

A Tale Of Guilt And Growth


I woke up to the familiar sounds of Lagos—the cacophony of car horns, the distant chatter of street vendors, and the rhythmic beat of drums from a nearby celebration. The air was heavy with the scent of fried plantains and jollof rice, mingling with the earthy aroma of the red soil that seemed to coat every inch of this bustling city. Nigeria, my home, a vibrant tapestry of colors, sounds, and contradictions.

Second Place: Wins 3 Hive

Our second place winner is @vivaebony, with the story:

The Burden of Guilt


My heart pierced in regret, and my mind shattered into pieces. From the bottom of my heart, I didn't intend for things to turn out that way. I was naive, and I felt getting her father involved was only going to attract cautionary responses, I never intended to shatter her heart.

First Place: Wins 5 Hive

Our first place winner is @kemmyb, with the story:

A Tale Of My Secret Pages


She placed her finger on her lips, gesturing to me to lower my voice still. I glanced around, no one was paying attention. I sat down beside her and she introduced me to Mills & Boons. She partly removed the newspaper and I was captivated by the cover illustration of a man holding a woman, their lips almost touching in a lovely background. It was a historical romance.


This Week's Prompt #36:


The word storm has many meanings. You could take the word literally or figuratively, which means that this week's prompt is open to wide creative possibilities.

This week we ask you to write a creative personal story that reads like fiction using words related to a storm.

For this topic, there are several possible approaches. For example:

  • Tell us how notice of an impending storm made you act rashly or in an uncharacteristic manner because of your fear.
  • Maybe you discovered that a parent's or friend's disagreeable attitude toward you was merely a storm in a teacup.
  • Perhaps you did something that caused a tempestuous emotional storm to rage through the heart of an associate, friend, or family member.
  • If you survived a dreadful storm, offer a creative narrative about your actions that altered the outcome for others involved in the scenario.

Tell us about it!

Have fun and good luck! We look forward to reading your stories.


Contest Rules

  • You have 6 days to write your story from the date of this prompt post. Be sure to check the deadline countdown.
  • Write a real-life story with the creative elements of fiction, like characters, dialogue, scene setting and a story conflict.
  • Post your story in The Ink Well Community.
  • Please use the tags #creativenonfiction and #inkwellprompt on these posts. Other possible tags: #writing #inkwellprompt #nonfiction
  • Stories must be written in English. If you've translated the post, it's best to add the original version below the translation. Do not write mixed language paragraphs.
  • Read and comment on at least two stories in the community. Add a link to your story as a comment on this post.

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Prizes are only for stories written for this week's prompt

  • First place : 5 Hive.
  • Second place : 3 Hive.
  • Third place : 2 Hive.

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Thanks for the mention and congratulations to all the winners.

Big congratulations to all the winners and honourable mentions. You all did amazingly well with the prompt. Well-done guy, it's a win well deserved.

Congratulations to all the winners and very proud for the special mention my text received. Thank you very much, friends

Thank you so much for organising this contest and giving us an avenue to tell our stories. I'm honoured.

Congrats to @vivaebony, @alexlight and all honourable mentions! 🙂

Thank you so much. Congratulations to you too.

Thank you very much, I feel so elated. Congratulations to @kemmyb, @alexlight, and all participants. Thanks for the opportunity @theinkwell.

Congratulations to all winners.
Here's a link to my entry. Even in the storm

Congrats to everyone who entered this past week... and especially to all the winners!!! 🙌💗!PIZZA


$PIZZA slices delivered:
@samsmith1971(2/15) tipped @theinkwell

With much love and hoping you like it, I leave here my symbolic participation in this week's contest. Superman cries

Congratulations to all the winners. My entry;

Hello, @theinkwell. Here's my story--

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Here's my entry:

Congratulations to the winners. Good job