Creative Nonfiction Prompt #43

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Creative Nonfiction in The Ink Well Prompt #43


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.

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

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  • 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.
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  • We expect everyone who posts in The Ink Well to read and comment on at least two other stories for each one published.
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Last Week's Creative Nonfiction Winners

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

Last week's participants


Honorable Mentions of the Week

Unrequited Love

I got dressed in my khaki pants and a black top, just when I was looking for my sweater as I needed to be properly covered because of the air conditioners in the cinema, in the process of looking for it, I heard a knock on my door, my sister walked in and she was smiling, the kind of smile she usually wears whenever she’s about to ask me for money or borrow my stuff, before she could utter a word I beat her to her game.

House hunting walk-a-thon

We were both newly appointed interns with the goal of getting a house for six months only. Most importantly, two bedroom flats - my friend in one room and my sweet self in the other room, with close distance to the workplace, running water, and good power supply.

Little Objects

And so, I devised a means. I had to have an object with me. A bag, a book, anything at all. When I walked, I’d adjust my bag on my shoulders, I’d run my fingers through the pages of my book, I’d twirl the pen in my hands and everything would be alright. No stumble. No stutter. Easy smile. Easy life.

Where's My Wallet?

One morning I was hustling round the house on the way to work meetings and to visit Liz at the hospital. I couldn't find my wallet. My laptop was in my bag, I had my keys, various documents for work were accounted for. My wallet? Gone. It wasn't by my bed, or in my coat, or the car, or anywhere.

Third Place: Wins 2 Hive

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

A Mysterious Object


I opened the gift, it was the skateboard that I had asked for. In the letter that I had written to Baby Jesus, I immediately said, "Grandma, this gift, Baby Jesus didn't bring it to me, it was Aunt Yuli, who brought it".

Second Place: Wins 3 Hive

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

Water Globe Memories


I sat on one of the armchairs in our sitting room, pulled my legs to my chest and curled my hands around my knees. I wished the ground would open up so I could hide until my parents stopped talking. My siblings had vanished to their rooms.

First Place: Wins 5 Hive

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

On Remembering The Desert

Source Own

Later, we step out together, eat tagine and chargrilled brochettes in the smoking marketplace, and joke with the sellers whose comedy both entertains and sells. It does not take long to slip into a kind of pigeon banter - a sprinkling of French peppering our English with an Arabic greeting connects us quickly to the people who appreciate our attempts. Later we will be in a transport hub waiting for our bus to leave to take us over the Atlas mountains, and we watch their physical humour - the tap of a friend on the opposite shoulder, tripping people up and catching them make them laugh. We laugh with them. Later I'll trick our guide, Iache, by pretending there is something on his shirt, and when he looks down, I tap his nose. He finds it hilarious, and later, after we have gone to bed, we hear the desert men laughing hilariously. The next day, I see them tap chests and noses with guffaws of laughter.


This Week's Prompt #43:


Let's delve into the rich, vivid images that the word 'feast' imparts. Write a creative personal story that reads like fiction using words related to 'feast'.

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

  • Reflect on a celebration where the excessive feasting left you with a nasty aftertaste.
  • Pursue your feelings and emotions when you realized that a potential friend was feasting their ‘eyes’ far more covetously on your belongings than your scintillating person.
  • Perhaps a feast marked a new chapter in your journey through life, and things were never quite the same for you thereafter.
  • Maybe you met someone while celebrating a feast who changed your perspective on life and impressed you with their outlook and knowledge. Perhaps you formed a lasting relationship with this interesting person.

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.

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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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Congrats to @riverflows , @Kemmyb and @inessita . You have akk done extremely great. Welldone to the honorable mentions.

My link below

Congratulations 🎊
@inessita,@riverflows,@kemmyb, and all honorable mentions you guys did well!

I'm so grateful for this recognition. Thank you very much, The Ink Well, for your kind feedbacks and support.

Congrats @riverflows, @inessita and all honourable mentions!

Congratulations to all the winners. Here is my entry:

Congratulations to @inessita @kemmby and @riverflows for the win. keep it up guys

here is my entry for this week prompt

i supported @kilvnrex and @kinganny

My participation this week. May God multiply the luck among all of us. Greetings:

Here is my entry for this week's contest. Good luck, everyone! This is my entry for the creative nonfiction #43
And I commented on @george-dee and @edystringz post.

Congratulations to the winners
Here's my entry for the week.

Hello everyone this is the link to my story, with respect to this prompt.