The Ink Well Fiction Prompt #123 - Plus Weekly Challenge and Prize Announcement

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Weekly Challenge and Prize Announcement

Time for the prize announcement and new challenge!

Last week's prompt was: "scuttlebutt". And the skill challenge was to demonstrate proper use of dialogue.

Stories From the Previous Week

Thank you to everyone who posted a story for last week's prompt!

Honorable Mentions

Our honorable mentions of the week are:

The Winners!

All of these authors wrote fantastic stories using the prompt, and did an excellent job with the skill of the week: demonstrating proper use of dialogue!

Third Place: Wins 2 Hive

In the small coastal town of Windhaven, scuttlebutt flowed like ocean tides. The locals couldn't resist the temptation to indulge in gossip, and the juicier the rumour, the faster it spread. Every morning, the townsfolk would gather at the local café, their eager voices rising above the clatter of coffee cups and spoons.

One particularly sunny day, as the aroma of freshly brewed coffee filled the air, Martha, the café owner, overheard an intriguing piece of scuttlebutt from her regular patrons.

"Did you hear? A treasure chest was found washed ashore last night!" whispered Sarah, her eyes sparkling with excitement. "A treasure chest? How extraordinary!" exclaimed Jack, his bushy eyebrows shooting up. "Who found it?"

Second Place: Wins 3 Hive

Captain Brazer's eyes widened as he looked at the rapidly approaching village. "Get them sails lowered, we're gettin' close to the dock. Ye lookin' to hit it?"

A sailor leaned on an ancient mop, and looked at him. "Aye, Captain! Er, I mean no, Captain."

The captain shook his head, then went to following his own orders. "If I waited for Quickwits to do it, we'd not come to a stop before we reached the pub. Then he'd jump overboard before we could even set out the plank..."

Predictably, once they were ashore, Quickwits was the first to find the pub. He was also the last to leave it.

First Place: Wins 5 Hive

I couldn't help but notice the crew members gathering around a wooden cask in the middle of the ship as I walked the decks. The scuttlebutt, as it was called, held fresh water for the sailors, but it seemed to serve another purpose as well—a gathering place for clandestine conversations. The crew would hush as I approached, casting glances at one another before dispersing like startled seabirds.

Intrigued by this mysterious behavior, I approached the scuttlebutt one day, hoping to catch a glimpse of the hidden world that unfolded within its whispers. As I drew near, two crew members, Samuel and Marcus, stood there, deep in conversation.

"Samuel, have you heard the latest scuttlebutt?" Marcus asked, a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

"Aye, I have," Samuel replied, his voice low. "Rumor has it that the captain discovered a hidden map in his cabin—a map leading to a fabled treasure."

Congratulations to @alexlight, @wrestlingdesires and @mhizrutty!

This Week’s Prompt

Be sure to submit your entries before the countdown ends.

You must submit before the end of the countdown to be considered for the prizes and honorable mentions.

Please observe the timer below this post. If it's purple, and the COUNTDOWN time is in the future, you can submit and be eligible for prizes and honorable mentions.



If the countdown is gray, and the timer has expired, you can submit, but your story will not be eligible for prizes or honorable mentions.



When the timer expires, we get busy reviewing all the stories, and no further submissions are considered.

Prompt of the week!

WAIT! Did you read the information above about the countdown timer? Okay, proceed!

This week's prompt is: "recall." Our skill challenge is to create a great main character.

What to do with this prompt? Well, this is one of our "multiple meaning" prompt words. Here are some ideas to get your creativity going:

  • To "recall" something means to remember it. Your character could suddenly recall an important detail, a childhood experience, or perhaps a deep dark secret.
  • A product can be subject to "recall" which means its manufacturer puts out a notice to everyone who purchased it to return it, or — in the case of a vehicle — to take it into a shop to have the faulty part repaired or replaced. Baby products, food items and many different mechanical products have been recalled. One could imagine that there would be opportunities for corruption and bribery in these scenarios. What if a business or a secret agent somehow forced a recall of a competitor's product, for example?
  • One could think of some very interesting story lines in the sci-fi genre with AIs, robots, embedded chips in human brains, etc. Remember the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Total Recall? There's some interesting inspiration for you! (But of course you must come up with a story that is unique and completely your own, as always.)

And that brings us to the skill of the week: a great main character. Readers latch onto the main character, or "MC," if that character has interesting characteristics. They want a character to read about that is well drawn, has a relatable problem or hard-to-obtain goal, and has characteristics that help us to "see" that person.

For example, a person named "Bruce" is not inherently interesting. But if Bruce has a head of shaggy black hair, a tattoo of a rose on his bicep and always looks up to the sky when he's trying to think of an answer to a question, suddenly Bruce becomes rather intriguing. If Bruce is desperately trying to find a job before the rent is due, he's got an interesting problem and the reader becomes even more invested in this character.

Be sure to read the article, Writing Character Descriptions, and the article Developing Memorable Characters in our catalog of fiction writing tips to learn more about this important fiction writing skill.

To be eligible for prizes, you must write a story based on the prompt, and demonstrate the skill of the week. (And be sure to use the prompt word in your story!)

Ready, set go!

A week from now, we will select winning stories that demonstrate the skills and utilize the prompt. Of course, we will also be looking for overall quality in the winning stories. Good luck! Be sure to read the contest rules below.

If you don't feel inspired by this prompt or the featured image, feel free to peruse any of our past prompts or our collection of idea-generators:

Weekly Prompt Rules:

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Here are the past prompts if you would like to use them or refer back to them:
#1: Heart and Soul; #2: The moment when...; #3: Beauty with a twist; #4: The Way Home; #5: A Matter of Time; #6 50 Story Ideas; #7 The Library; #8 All the way to tomorrow; #9 Legend; #10 Three Words; #11 World Building; #12 Childhood Summers; #13 50 Imagination Ticklers; #14 Railroad; #15 Cats - 750 words; #16 Your Birthday; #17 Action, Dialog and Narrative; #18 Change; #19 Tea Time or Tee Time?; #20 Summer Camp; #21 Main Street; #22 Fireworks; #23 Picnic; #24 Run; #25 A word of advice; #26 Winding road; #27 Mirror; #28 Shipwreck; #29 School Notes; #30 Three Words: Scooter, River, Midnight; #31 Flash Fiction Contest; #32 A Fork in the Road; #33 Shadows; #34 Three Words: Island, Witch, Cake; #35 Full Moon; #36 Graveyard; #37 Jack-o-Lantern; #38 Family Ties; #39 Longing; #40 Feast; #41 Gift; #42 Season of Light; #43 Believe; #44 Elf; #45 Holiday; #46 New Year; #47 Unlikely Hero; #48 Inheritance; #49 Under the Light of the Moon; #50 Three Words: Shoes, Mood, Adventure; #51 They're Here; #52 Artist; #53 Headlights; #54 Tomorrow; #55 Lense; #56 Perfection; #57 Making and Breaking Rules; #58 A Reckoning; #59 Blossom; #60 Temptation; #61 Happiness; #62 Footprint; #63 Frequency; #64 Sailing; #65 Fortune; #66 Worry; #67 Adventure; #68 Shadow; #69 Motor; #70 Embarrass; #71 Proud; #72 Guide; #73 Impression; #74 Lost; #75 Wonder; #76 Tear; #77 Splash; #78 Brilliant; #79 Sinkhole; #80 Exhaust; #81 Roll; #82 Wishbone; #83 Chatterbox; #84 Foil; #85 I can't believe you said that; #86 Boo; #87 Midnight; #88 Hunger; #89 Light; #90 Spirit; #91 Fire; #92 Tend/Tender; #93 Cheer; #94 Appearance; #95 Ambition; #96 Trust; #97 Fly; #98 Comfort; #99 Fate; #100 To Create; #101 Vision; #102 Sympathy; #103 A Special Time; #104 Suspense; #105 Bride, stairs, illusion; #106 Reality TV; #107 Things the Go Bump in the Night; #108 First line: Two strange things happened that day; #109 What if that loose floorboard was actually a hidden passageway?; #110 Footsteps; #111 Mess; #112 Cards; #113 Elephant; #114 Crystal; #115 Phone call; #116 Date; #117 Chocolate; #118 Three words: wish, button, sky; #119 RSVP; #120 Objets d'art; #121 Soul; #122 Scuttlebutt

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Congratulations @alexlight, @wrestlingdesires and @mhizrutty...and well done all writers!!

A big congratulations to @alexlight, @wrestlingdesires, @mhizrutty and all honorable mentions.

A new week and great prompt. Let's get to work guys.

Congrats to the winners and the honorable mentions... You people have done so great..

Big congratulations to all the winners ​@alexlight, @wrestlingdesires, @mhizrutty and all honorable mentions.

Another week to keep our pens dancing.

Thanks so much 🙌


@marynn! You Are Alive so I just staked 0.1 $ALIVE to your account on behalf of @wrestlingdesires. (2/10)

The tip has been paid for by the We Are Alive Tribe through the earnings on, feel free to swing by our daily chat any time you want, plus you can win Hive Power and Alive Power delegations and Ecency Points in our chat every day.

Thanks 😊

Where did the ice cream man get his driver's licence?
Sundae school.

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My heartful congratulations to @alexlight, @wrestlingdesires, @mhizrutty and all honourable mentions.
Now we are looking forward.

Thanks so much, I'm honored :)

Congratulations to all the winners and the Honourable mentions

I can't recall a time Scuttlebutt was used for a prompt, but I do recall some interesting reads here in the ink well community and a very outstanding character from some movie.

Whoa, that's quite a scene, @mineopoly! I definitely have to see the movie.

Wow. I've got five minutes to make an entry. I will pass. Maybe next week. I did have a story in my head, but not every story comes to fruition. The scene with Arnold walking in with a fake head is one of the most interesting scenes in the movie. I think the movie is worth seeing, but I wouldn't sweat it.


$PIZZA slices delivered:
wrestlingdesires tipped mhizrutty
wrestlingdesires tipped theinkwell
@wrestlingdesires(2/15) tipped @alexlight
wrestlingdesires tipped marynn

Thanks so much for the prize, I'm honored that you are enjoying my work :)

And thank you again for helping me to write better stories :)


@theinkwell! You Are Alive so I just staked 0.1 $ALIVE to your account on behalf of @wrestlingdesires. (3/10)

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I was going to tell you a time travel joke...
but you didn't like it.

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Can I use my own images @theinkwell

I use my own images. Just mention at the bottom that you have the right to use these images that belong to you. I'm looking forward to hearing your story.

Yes, that is the right answer. Thank you, @mineopoly and @m-kay.

New winners and wonderful stories shared, congratulations to the winners @alexlight , @wrestlingdesires y @mhizrutty. your stories made our imagination fly, well done, comrades.

A hugs team @theinkwell
A good day!

Congratulations @wrestlingdesires and @alexlight, as well as all the honourable mentions

Thanks so much 🙌


@mhizrutty! You Are Alive so I just staked 0.1 $ALIVE to your account on behalf of @wrestlingdesires. (1/10)

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Why did Stalin only write in lowercase?
Because he hated capitalism.

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Evening everyone. My entry

Congratulations to all winners!

Excellent afternoon, group.
I leave you the participation of Rincón Poético in the weekly call.

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


It's the first time I am participating here. Here is my entry:

I supported and commented two

Here's my entry:


Hi, this is my entry:

I have also commented on the post:

  • jhymi
  • princess-dara
  • amiegeoffrey
  • diebitch

Thanks so much 🙌


@alexlight! You Are Alive so I just staked 0.1 $ALIVE to your account on behalf of @wrestlingdesires. (2/10)

The tip has been paid for by the We Are Alive Tribe through the earnings on, feel free to swing by our daily chat any time you want, plus you can win Hive Power and Alive Power delegations and Ecency Points in our chat every day.

Did you hear about the cartoonist being investigated?
Police on the case say he has a sketchy past.

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