The Ink Well Fiction Prompt #125 - 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: "doorway". And we encouraged authors to integrate all of the storytelling skills that make stories compelling and readable.

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 fiction using the prompt, and did an excellent job with the storytelling skills we look for in the best-told stories!

Third Place: Wins 2 Hive

I began to fall ill at the age of six, and I was diagnosed with leukemia and it was aggressive. I have been fighting it for the past six years. Six years of chemotherapy, never going home, and sleeping on the same hospital bed in the same ward. My parents always took shifts to take care of me, except on Saturday nights when they both spent the night. My favorite time with them was when they both read stories to me every night before I went to bed. I really loved the stories about Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Second Place: Wins 3 Hive

We ran into our savior wearing a hat and red polo shirt. “Where’s the exit?” we asked desperately. She remained completely composed, while chewing her gum with her mouth open, and used her radio antenna to point to her left. After more commotion, bickering, and running into a few walls, we saw the rhinestone lights on the Ferris wheel twinkling in the sunlight; the movement of the Ali Baba rotating into sight occasionally. All this was framed by the circle of a cosmic tunnel we had to walk through on our way out.

First Place: Wins 5 Hive

Judith's anguished cry pierced the air, pain and terror coursing through her. Her grip on control slipped away, her body aching and every bone protesting against further movement. Collapsed on the floor, she accepted the inevitable, aware that death loomed. Tears streamed down her face until her weary eyes surrendered, willingly embracing the darkness.

“Get up, Judith. You have to save your mother,” a voice called out urgently. Judith looked up and saw her father standing before her.

Congratulations to @lizizoo, @littlepiggies and @smc.arike.oba!

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: "beacon."

What to do with this prompt?

A beacon is a light in the darkness — a call to those who are lost, or a warning to avoid danger. Lighthouses have beacons, positioned to warn sailors of dangerous outcroppings. Airfields have beacons to guide or warn pilots.

Whether by land or by sea — a beacon can be beautiful, ominous or even joyful. Imagine being lost at sea in a deep fog, and suddenly seeing a beacon flashing from the shore. But like many words that have a tangible place in the real world, a beacon can also be something figurative — a sign or a warning of something about to happen, or a relationship in which danger looms.

Let's see where your imagination takes you!

Use Your Storytelling Skills

For many months we have asked our community members to focus on a skill each week, such as character development or dialogue. Going forward, we are looking for all of these skills as we identify winners and honorable mentions:

  • Great first lines.
  • Good settings.
  • Well-developed characters.
  • Integration of action, dialogue and narrative.
  • A conflict that intrigues the reader.
  • A "story arc" which results in the resolution of the conflict and brings the story to a satisfying conclusion.
  • And of course, we are looking for well-edited stories that are not littered with typos or grammatical errors.

To be eligible for prizes, you must write a story based on the prompt (be sure to use the prompt word in your story), and demonstrate the fiction writing skills we have been encouraging everyone to practice. Be sure to turn to our catalog of fiction writing tips for guidance!

Ready, set go!

A week from now, we will select winning stories that demonstrate these qualities and utilize the prompt. Good luck! Be sure to read the contest rules and reminders 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:

  1. Deadline: You have SIX DAYS to write for the prompt, and you must submit your story before the end of the countdown to be considered for prizes and honorable mentions. You can find the countdown timer at the bottom of the prompt post on The Ink Well home page.
  2. Story link: Post your story in The Ink Well community, and post a link to your story in a comment on this post.
  3. Hashtags: Please use these hashtags: #fiction #writing #inkwellprompt #theinkwell — as well as #dreemport, if you are also posting your story to the DreemPort site.
  4. COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Visit the work of at least two other community members and comment on their work.
  5. Title: The title is up to you. You can come up with any title you wish. You do not need to name it after the prompt. But please do you the prompt word(s) within the story.
  6. Images: Please only use images from license free and creative commons sites, like Pixabay, Unsplash and Pexels. Images you find on the Internet are copyright protected and cannot be used. Be sure to provide all image source links.
  7. Length: We request that story word counts are a maximum of 1,500 words in length and a *minimum of 350 (ideally 750-1000 words). This is just a guideline. Longer stories are okay too, but they tend to get fewer readers. Additionally, The Ink Well admins appreciate keeping to that maximum story length for our time management. Thank you!

Reminders: Be sure to also read our community rules. As always, please avoid violent, gory, bloody, brutal, sexist or racist themes and language, NSFW (not safe for work) stories like erotica, stories with a political or religious agenda, and stories featuring abuse of any kind. (We have a complete article about The Ink Well stance on violence and brutality for more information.)

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; #123 Recall; #124 Doorway

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Thanks for the honourable mention and Congratulations @lizizoo, @littlepiggies and @smc.arike.oba . You guys did a great job.

Congrats on your honorable mention, @marynn!

Thank you very much.

Honestly, congratulations to the winners. They deserved it. We would do our best in the next one.

Thanks @theinkwell for the opportunity too.. One love

Your enthusiasm is wonderful, @fashtioluwa!

Thank you so much ˶ᵔ ᵕ ᵔ˶

Wow. Congratulations to me and others ( @littlepiggies and @smc.arike.oba)

This is my first time winning here, and I feel honored. Well, I've been learning all those while.

Thanks @theinkwell

Congratulations, @lizizoo!

Congrats to you too😊 and thank you 😊

Thank you😊 @theinkwell
Congratulations to the winners😊 @lizizoo and @littlepiggies

Congratulations to all honorable mentions😊

It's my first time participating in the ink well prompt, let's see how it goes... Here's my entry

Supported @mrenglish and @cool08

Supported @mrenglish

Congratulations 🎉 to all the winners 🏆

Congratulations to @lizizoo , @littlepiggies y @smc.arike.oba. Righteous winners of the weekly challenge.

Rincón Póetico shares the link of their participation in the weekly call.

This is my entry @radenkusumo666/light-in-the-middle-of

Support Comment: @seki1, @iamboring, @sadfish, and @rinconpoetico7

Congratulations to last week winners.
This is my entry for this week's prompt

I supported @rinconpoetico7 and @jjmusa2004

Wow, just came across this prompt, it's indeed a beautiful story prompt and with the way it is explained, something came to my mind, but I don't know if I can write a story with it, never one to write a story how much more a fictional one.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Here is my link, supported a few others. I can't remember their names I would have tag them. A lot of beautiful stories.. @kingsleyy I haven't seen yours

It's my first time participating in a prompt story. Here is my entry

@mrenglish, and @rinconpoetico7

This is my entry: @luna1999/lighthouse-resident-ghost-fiction-story

Congratulations to all winners.⚘
Here my entry
I supported