Creative Nonfiction Prompt #39

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Creative Nonfiction in The Ink Well Prompt #39

Ketut Subiyanto

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 Time

Last week's participants


Honorable Mentions of the Week

Imperfect Timing

There I was on my little mattress in a corner of my little apartment stretching animatedly at the sound of the morning crow of the cock. Thanks to civilization and its numerous innovations, I paid no heed to the universe's signal of daybreak. Instead, I turned lazily, picked up my wristwatch from the little stool beside my bed and glanced at it with one eye.

Love does not wait

When I arrived home, my mother looked at me and told me that I had something strange, that I looked different. without being able to hide it, I confessed that I had fallen in love, but that it would soon pass, I told her coldly, as if love were a fever that passes with the days. I was young and the pride of youth has no limits.

The Long-awaited Time

From his mouth flowed an overwhelming torrent of honest revelations and apologies, leading me to realize that my immense hatred toward him may have been undeserved. He had experienced his own share of arduous trials, ones that were vast and beyond comprehension. Though it still wasn't okay that he left.

A Day to Remember

If I could go back and pick my family all over again, I would pick my calm father, my aggressive mother, my annoying big brother and my adorable little brother because my family is chaotic, but I wouldn't choose it to be any other way.

Third Place: Wins 2 Hive

Our third place winner is @timix648, with the story:

Time's Test: A Journey to the Competition


Arriving at the scene of the competition, occupied by ambitious coders and mind blowing computers, I couldn't help but reflect on the importance of time in the sphere of information technology. Time was not some transient concept, but rather a foundational component sculpting the digital terrain.

Second Place: Wins 3 Hive

Our second place winner is @ricardo993, with the story:

Overcoming Adversity


Time passed and I repeated subjects like calculus, physics, and chemistry every semester. I didn't change my habits, I just attended classes like a sheep and didn't understand anything. My mind was on swimming, reading, and writing. After class, I would go to swim practice and then spend my time reading countless books.

First Place: Wins 5 Hive

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

Quality time


I can't say that I'm looking for the warmth they give me. Nor that sometimes I am afraid of losing them. Or that I feel guilty for not sharing with them as I used to. Let alone express the affection I have for them. We are not like that. We were not raised that way. Yet, it is enough to see them again to understand that their love is inexhaustible. When I return, they welcome me with the same hospitality as always. Even though I have been gone for several months.


This Week's Prompt #39:


Human beings are social by nature. Belonging is a need that cuts deep. Belonging often defines us and makes us who we are.

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

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

  • Write a letter to your fourteen-year-old self, reflecting on the decisions that shaped your destiny and what you might've done differently based on your current maturity and understanding of belonging.
  • Perhaps you've managed to stay true to yourself and uphold your ideals despite peer pressure to take an alternative path, which would've offered a sense of belonging to the pack.
  • Maybe an event or significant moment altered your perspective, and you discovered a profound sense of emotional belonging.
  • Reflect on your sense of belonging as a factor in your cultural reality. Describe how you've managed to fit in emotionally.

Tell us about it! And remember to integrate storytelling elements like characters, scene setting, dialogue and action to bring your story to life!

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.

And be sure to remember to join The Ink Well community!



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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Congratulations to you @timix648 and @ricardo993 and the other winner..

Time to go again. Thank you @theinkwell also for the opportunity created to share our minds

A great prompt, and a great picture :)

What a pleasant surprise. It is an honor to have won first place. Congratulations to the other winners and special mentions. I enjoyed reading the entries, full of many feelings, stressful and pleasant moments. I am very grateful for the delegation. I will make the most of it. Thank you again. I am glad to be part of this community and to have the support you give. Best regards.

Congratulations to all the winners. 😁❤️💕❤️🙃🙃

Congratulations dear winners.

Immensely grateful for the mention and congratulations to the winners, especially my friend @juniorgomez. Well deserved award. May the successes continue. Best regards

Congratulations to all the winners.
What a wonderful prompt for the week.

Many to all for the mention 🥺🥺 and also congratulations to @timix648 and @juniorgomez for captivating us with their wonderful stories.

Congratulations to the winners and the honorable mentioned.
This week's topic is interesting. It's time to put creativity into action again.

Wow! Such a great community, just making my debut after subscribing to the community for long. I love the activities over here and hope to identify and also be streamlining with folks. Moreover, I've jotted into the curation trail which is an incredible concept by the community.

Nonetheless, I wish to congratulate all the winners in the last contest and hopefully I'll be checking in this time to see how it goes bye.

Congratulations to all the winners.
Here is my entry:

A big congratulations to the winners. Thank you @theinkwell for this week prompt,so excited to be part.

i supported @mrenglish, @kinganny, @ubani and Here's my entry.

Here's my entry

It's been a while @theinkwell community! Hello again everyone!

Here's my entry:

Commented on @marynn and @universoperdido

Hello @theinkwell, thanks for the prompt this week, this is my entry-

I resonated with @amiegeoffrey @gracielaacevedo stories so much and engaged with their posts.

Congratulations to the winners.
This is a wonderful prompt I won't like to miss.
Here is my entry
Supported @amiegeoffrey