Creative Nonfiction Prompt #45

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Creative Nonfiction in The Ink Well Prompt #45


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 Camaraderie

Last week's participants

@selftheist @marynn @kinganny
@cool08 @blessworld @jjmusa2004
@lightpen @marriot5464 @timix648
@mrenglish @rare-gem @nancybriti1
@nathy33 @rukkie @inessita
@jhymi @creativeinsight @amiegeoffrey
@fashtioluwa @smc.arike.oba @kemmyb

Honorable Mentions of the Week

The Spirit Of Camaraderie Between Us

The feeling of camaraderie between us grows stronger every day as we always talk from time to time. She got the opportunity to work in a big fashion house and she is doing well for herself. We do visit each other from time to time.

Civil unrest in town

After ascertaining that the hostel was safe for us to go and sleep, we encouraged everyone to enter their rooms and sleep. Whereas the boys were ready to enter their rooms, the girls refused. They said they'd preferred to sleep in the open space than to enter their blocks where an explosive had just been evacuated.

Strangers to Allies

I couldn't believe my ears. Judith was heaven-sent at that moment. Anyone watching us then would assume we were close friends in school. She helped carry my bag while I finished my registration. We walked to the dormitory together and I settled in. It was not a comfortable place but we made the best of the situation.

FOCUS... The game changer

The result of the final-year medical examination came out negative. I had hoped it would be otherwise, even though I knew the chance was slim. However, we had an alternative: a resit of the examination three months after my colleagues had graduated and become medical doctors. Failing that second chance would mean an outright repeat of the final year.

Third Place: Wins 2 Hive

Our third place winner is @smc.arlke.oba, with the story:



Twenty minutes later, everyone was in the party hall, music playing loudly, alcohol being passed around, and the atmosphere started to feel different. The walls of the hall were lined with mirrors from floor to ceiling, and there were lots of dim white, blue, and yellow lights with a disco ball hanging at the centre ceiling of the hall, their reflections dancing on our bodies. It was beautiful.

Second Place: Wins 3 Hive

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



My business instincts kicked in. I remember Wills telling me that programming brings imagination to life. I allowed my thoughts to run wild. I'll later suggest a product to them that can solve real-time problems as well as fetch us good money.

First Place: Wins 5 Hive

Our first place winner is @nancybriti1, with the story:

A river of people shouting: freedom, freedom


Protests overflowed the country. Thousands of people went out to protest every day. The students, all young people, were at the head of the massive marches. They, with their impetuousness and rebelliousness, led with flowers, cardboard shields, violins and slogans. We teachers accompanied them in admiration for the gallantry they showed and how big they grew in the face of the adversary. Among the protesting students was my nephew: my oldest nephew.


This Week's Prompt #45:


Motivation is an elusive force that drives us. The urge to achieve, surpass, and improve.

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

  • Reflect on a eureka moment when you realized that you had the capacity to overcome obstacles in your path.
  • You might've felt inadequate, realizing that you lacked the drive to reach for your dreams.
  • Perhaps an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger redirected your ambition and propelled you forward.
  • Maybe you found a diary from a bygone era written by a family member whose accomplishments inspired and motivated you.

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 the winners and the honorable mention.

Congratulations to all winners and participants alike. Our entries were superb.

Kindly find my entry here

I'm so honored 😊
Thank you @theinkwell

Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions😊😊😊

This award is very special! Thank you. As I was writing, I was crying remembering those events. Writing made me cry, but now it makes me laugh. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Congratulations to all the other winners

Thank you, @theinkwell. This means a lot to me.

Congratulations to the mentioned. Happy New week to everyone 😇

An interesting writing prompt! This got me thinking about my life experiences :)

Here's my entry:

Fascinating. I do have a few tales about such a misterious force!

Congratulations to the winners
They have done well. This is great

@teewhy120 you might want to participate in the inkwell prompt too

Congratulations to all winners and special mentions! Here is my entry for this week:

Congratulations to all the winners
Here is my entry

What an interesting prompt.
Big congrats to our winners and honourable mentions.

Here is my entry for this week nonfiction prompt

i supported @kinganny and @rare-gem
Thanks for reading

I would like to partake in this new prompt, but I have a couple of questions. I understand that every image used must be properly sourced. What about AI generated images, even they are properly sourced in the article, are they allowed or completely banned?
My participation this week. May God multiply the luck among all of us. Greetings

My entry link for this week creativenonfiction prompt.

I have also commented on posts made by other authors

Still busy with my story is short😊
Here is my entry

Congratulations to the winners,I'm sincerely impressed with the amazing entries. I supported @jellyvine and @lightpen

Here's my entry:

Hello! It's a pleasure to be here again participating in these community dynamics, this would be one of my most personal writings, I hope you like it:

Thank you for the mention @theinkwell . I am deeply honored.

Here is my entry for the week ;

I engaged @popurri and @amiegeoffrey