The Ink Well Fiction Prompt #127 - 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: "seagull, market, box". 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

"David? Is your bag packed? Remember to help out with your sister’s box also." My dad spoke from his room. His wife, my mom, had died during Beatrice’s childbirth, and ever since, my dad has played the role of both parents. My dad has an average income, and even though he could not afford to have us admitted into schools, he certainly ensured he enrolled us in one of the best public schools. My sister, he said, reminds him of his late wife, and I equally ensured I played the role of guardian and friend to her.

Second Place: Wins 3 Hive

"What am I to do with this?"

"Wear it. It will protect you from the dangers on those mountains. Good luck."

"But…I…" I stuttered and watched in mild shock as the old man, lips thinned, retreated inside his stall without giving me a second look. I wanted one of the decorative boxes for my sister when I returned home.

First Place: Wins 5 Hive

Their hands shivered at the sight of the huge bulky man with a long sky-blue beard. His torn moss-green floral blouse swayed with the soft gust of the wind. The troll wore a pair of slashed trousers, muddy because of scampering away from the wet fields. Its hair was so messy, it appeared like a nest to a giant bird.

Congratulations to @idlemind, @kemmyb and @jjmusa2004!

This Week’s Prompt

FIRST: A COUNTDOWN NOTE
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.


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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.

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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: "window."

What to do with this prompt?

Windows have many symbolic interpretations, of course. Your character may have a window to the world on a trip to another continent. A conversation could provide a window to another person's deepest hopes or regrets.

And then, of course, a window can be simply a window. If your character is looking through a window from the inside, are the shades drawn? Is the view to the outside beautiful or frightening?

If your character is looking in from the outside, what do they see? A beautiful necklace? A bicycle that is way out of budget? A magical moving electronic Santa?

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(s) 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; #125 Beacon; #126 Seagull, Market, Box

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Congratulations to the winners @kemmyb and the rest. It was great reading your stories..

Thanks to theinkwell also. One love

Thank you so much, @fashtioluwa. 🙂

Congratulations @idlemind and @kemmyb and to all participants, it's always a beautiful moment reading scripts from here. I get awed and inspired often 🤗

Its a great honour to be considered as a winner, im most grateful

Thanks a lot. And congrats to you too. 🙂

@jjmusa2004 thank you so much and congratulations too. :)

Congratulations to the winners.

Thank you ^_^

Congratulations @idlemind @kemmyb and @jjmusa2004. Those were such awesome stories.

Thank you! ☺️ You are an excellent writer.

Thank you so much

Thank you, and congratulations too 😊

I'm honoured! Thank you so much, The Ink Well for the prize. 😊

Congrats to winners and honourable mentions. Keep writing!

hehehe. I am waiting for others to drop their entry so i can read before writing mine or is it ok to write first and read others later

@theinkwell thank you so much for considering my story. You guys have always been supportive and appreciative of the stories I write. This kind of recognition keeps me going despite being caged in self-doubt and helps me to always recover from writer's block.

I express my gratitude, as well, to those who read and voted on my entry. 😊
Congratulations to all winners and honorable mentions, too.

One more week ends and new winners shine, congratulations to @idlemind , @kemmyb y @jjmusa2004, Beautiful stories that made our imagination fly.

A hugs to team @theinkwell
Good day!

Thank you very much

Hey guys! I am new here. Eager to develop my story telling skills. Here I got my contribution to the prompt:

https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@selftheist/sanctum-of-the-moon

Congratulations @idlemind, @kemmyb and @jjmusa2004 and the all honorable mentions, this was a great challenge.
Saludos

Thank you dear friend

@popurri thank you so much! ^_^

Thanks so much for the honourable mention, I'm grateful. Big congratulations to our amazing writers @jjmusa2004
@kemmyb and @idlemind.

Thank you dear friend

Thank you ^_^

Thank you for the opportunity to participate, here's my entry

https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@jjmusa2004/the-new-girl-chima-fiction

Hello group.
I leave you the post of Rincón Poético in the weekly contest.

Goodnight!

https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@rinconpoetico7/fiction-the-window-la-ventana-enes

Congratulations to the winners and I am happy "Amelia's vision" made the list of honourable mentions.

I supported @nkemakonam89 @jazclassic

https://ecency.com/hive-170798/@george-dee/tamuna-s-freedom

Above is my link for this week's prompt; window.

Congratulations to the winners.

I engaged on @caroolina, @lightpen and @jjmusa2004

Here is my entry

https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@lizizoo/love-by-the-window