October 2022 News, Updates and New Contest from The Ink Well

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Hello Beautiful Community!

First, a word of appreciation for all in the community who have been posting stories, providing feedback on one another's posts, and helping our community to grow and thrive! Thank you!

Okay, onto the news. Here are the topics in this newsletter:

  • Please take our survey!
  • Winner from the September Contest!
  • October 2022 Contest — 10-Hive Prize + 2nd and 3rd Place Prizes
  • Find Us on Discord
  • Delegate to The Ink Well / Follow Our Curation Trail
  • Rules, Guidelines, Posting Frequency, etc.
  • Creative Inspiration

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Please take our survey!

There are many great communities on Hive, and of course we want to be one of the best communities, with committed community members who love to be here, and love being involved. We'd like your feedback to hear how we're doing and what ideas our community members may have to continue improving and growing!

Please take a few minutes to fill out our very short anonymous survey:

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Winner from the September Contest!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our September contest, with stories and comments. As always, we received some great stories!

The contest rules involved writing one story in The Ink Well during the month of September inspired by the prompt ancient.

Thank you to all participants!


Here are our three winners for the September, 2022 contest:

And the rest of the participants in the contest of the month are honorable mentions, for their wonderful stories:

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October Contest!

Get ready to put your creativity to work! For October we will again award a first place price of 10 Hive, second place of 6 HBI, and third place of 4 HBI for the monthly contest.

For the month of October, 2022, the prompt is dare!

It is officially the month in which many people celebrate Halloween. So let's get spooky!

We'd like to see stories in which people are put up to a "dare" to do something scary. What can you do with this prompt? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • One character puts another up to a dare to climb in the window of an abandoned mansion.
  • One character dares another one to spend the night in a haunted house.
  • Or perhaps a character who has always been teased by his friends for being afraid of the dark decides to spend the night in a graveyard.

Feel free to pick one of these ideas or come up with your own!

Here's how to participate:

  • Write one story this month in The Ink Well inspired by something ancient.

  • Post a link to your story in a comment on this post.

At the end of the month, we will choose three winners.

Hint: We are looking for a high-quality story. Don't rush. Use the skills we have been emphasizing in our weekly prompts — great settings, good character building, strong dialog (which is often missing from stories we receive), and a good story arc that resolves well in the end. And finally, we recommend using our tips in the article Help for the Grammatically Challenged to identify errors in your story before posting.

Good luck!

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Find Us on Discord

Our Discord server is a great place to chat with other community members about the craft of writing.

Please pop into our Welcome channel, read our guidelines for conduct, and then feel free to interact with other community members or ask The Ink Well Team a question in the #ask-theinkwell channel.

Discord invitation link: https://discord.gg/Bng7mMsaQj

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Delegate to The Ink Well / Follow Our Curation Trail

Want to support our community, our contests, and our rewards for great quality content? See the table below. We have made it super easy. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We have a goal to continue increasing the support we give to our wonderful, hardworking and dedicated authors!

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Rules, Guidelines, Posting Frequency, etc.


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Update to Our Posting Guidelines

A few months ago we announced a new posting guideline to eliminate spam, content farming and low-quality content from our community, and ensure that we have the resources to curate all the wonderful work that our community members publish.

We would like to just say: Please do not over-post in The Ink Well. As long as you are posting high quality stories, it is not a concern.

Refresher on The Ink Well Community Rules

We add this refresher to all of our monthly newsletters as a reminder.

If you're new, or you're not aware of our rules, please take the time to read them. If you are on a desktop or laptop computer, you can find them at the top of our community home page. You will also see them at the top of your post in The Ink Well if you hover over the blue "Rules" button. Can't see them? You can find the rules here.

The following are some of the rules that we commonly re-explain to unaware members:

  • Do not post violent content. No stabbings, rapes, shootings, murders, brutality of women or children, etc. etc. And do not post anything NSFW (not safe for work). Why? Because we are a community that is open to anyone and everyone. And these topics and images are unpalatable or even traumatizing for some people. We also have no way of preventing children from viewing our community content. Please read our article on violence and brutality where we spell this out in very clear language.
  • Please only post short stories in The Ink Well. That is the sole focus of our community. There are other communities for poetry, essays, freewriting, etc.
  • Please do not post chapter stories or "multi-part" stories. The reason for this rule is so that readers do not need to have read a preceding or future piece in order to read and enjoy the current piece they are reading. Each piece must stand on its own, with a beginning, middle and end.
  • We require images to be non-copyrighted (e.g. from sites like Pixabay, Pexels or Unsplash) and for your story to include a linked source for every image directly to the image itself, not to the image website. If the images are your own, please be sure to make a note of it.
  • Plagiarism and re-posting are not allowed. We only accept 100% unique, original content in The Ink Well that has not appeared elsewhere in any form. (The only exception is the story appearing simultaneously in multiple Hive front ends, like ecency, peakd, etc., which is of course fine.) This is to ensure that The Ink Well community follows the highest standards for content, and that rewards go to those who have developed and shared their own creative work in the community.

Rules Support and Protect Our Community

The goals of The Ink Well are to foster creativity and growth, and to help writers develop their writing skills and earn an income for their work. We want The Ink Well to be a safe and welcoming place for writers and readers. As community admins, we are staunch defenders of truth, honesty, and creative integrity.

Be sure to check out The Ink Well Manifesto, if you have never done so. It provides the mission of The Ink Well, information about rewards and income, and more information on our policies.

Community Involvement

No community is a true community without involvement and engagement! We ask that you read and comment on at least two other writers' work each week, or two for each story you publish in The Ink Well.

And remember that the rewards for Hive posts are split between the writer and the curators! You are paid to read and support other writers, just as you are paid to publish. Your support of others also builds your following.

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Creative Inspiration and Skill Building


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In The Ink Well, we're not just about posting content and getting rewards. We are about building skills that help you earn the best possible rewards because your readers love to read your stuff!

We are here to nudge you to strive for greatness. You know how it feels when someone says, "Wow, just wow! I loved your story!" That's what it's all about. And the good news is that the rewards follow. If people love your work, they give you great upvotes. They seek you out. They want more of your creative content. And curation accounts like Curie, which we utilize and support, will give you the best possible upvotes too.

So what are you waiting for? Use our resources to build your skills and improve your writing. Here are some of the resources we provide:

  1. Creative inspiration
    We encourage and support ideas and creativity by publishing a weekly fiction prompt. Watch for them in The Ink Well on Monday nights. Additionally, we have a nearly inexhaustible list of ideas to spur your writing. And these resources are included in every weekly prompt for reference: 50 Loglines, 50 Story Ideas, and 50 Imagination Ticklers
  2. Skill building opportunities
    We have a great catalog of fiction writing tips that can help any writer learn and grow. You can learn about characters, conflict, scene building, dialog and more. We hope you take advantage of it. And here are some important tips that can help you improve your writing craft:
    -- Draft your content in Google docs, or use Google docs for spell checking and syntax checking. It is very easy to do and it is explained in the post Help for the Grammatically Challenged.
    -- Make sure your story has the key elements of a story, including character development, scene setting, dialog, action, a conflict, and a resolution. We provide resources to help you with all of these important fiction elements in our catalog of fiction writing tips.
    -- Review your work before posting. You will most likely find a missing word, a grammatical error, a misspelling or a sentence that does not start with a capital letter, etc.

Thank you for reading our newsletter! We are here to encourage you and help you on your writing journey.

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Woots! Congratulations to @fantom22 and @mjvdc on your wins.

Thank you @theinkwell and admins for this contest and your support. The prompt for this month is fascinating. Let's see what I can come up with. 😊

Congratulations, @kemmyb! Keep writing!

congratulations to the winners @kemmyb @mjvdc @georgedee and @saintgentle, I am thankful to @theinkwell for selecting me as the 1st runner-up.

Nice work, @fantom22! Keep writing!

Thank @fantom22 for the mention

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Congratulations @kemmyb, @fantom22 and @mjvdc! It's a pleasure to read your stories.

A survey. I love surveys, especially anonymous ones. This should be interesting.

@agmoore Thanks a lot, I need always your humble support.

always grateful. sincerely. your fan.

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Congratulations to all the winners 🏆

Congratulations @kemmyb, @fantom22 , @mjvdc , @georgedee and @saintgentle.

Thank You very much @popurri

Thank you @popurri for the mention.

Thank you @theinkwell for the honorable mention.

Here's my submission ♥️


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@theinkwell Respected / Honorable all admins today I want to make a humble request to all of you that I follow all the rules of The ink well community sincerely, but in this regard, I want to request you that consider all of you the rules for monthly prompt only. Allow the story of this prompt to be published at any time by modifying it, or by changing your rule issue only one instruction that not more than 5 stories will be published every month. Because due to the rule of once in a week, there is no time slot in a month to publish the monthly prompt.
Always grateful
fantom 22

This is my story link.
sorry, I do it late because the story was scheduled for publication on IST 21.00 so I forget to show this link.

Here's my entry for the monthly prompt 😂🎃