The Ink Well Fiction Prompt #128 - 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: "window". 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 watched a sixteen-year-old Valentina Caville, my grandma as she sat on her bed, her hands over her ears as she tried to block out the noise of her parents fighting. I felt her emotions as she cried that her parents were too busy fighting to even remember that it was her birthday. She opened her drawer and picked up the diary. New and beautiful then. And began to write. Writing the words I was reading now. Seated on the recliner I was seated now. Her words were filled with so much sorrow and pain, I took my hand off the window and in a split second I was back.

Second Place: Wins 3 Hive

When the robin landed on the windowsill, he expected it to flit away like the others do, bouncing off the decaying wood in alarm at his presence. This one, however, looked at him intently. 'Tsk' he said. 'Hajda! Off you go!'. It hopped sideways, cocked it's head, and looked at him again. Before long he found himself leaving breadcrumbs for it, and sometimes seeds. Now, in the fifth year, it came through the window in the Spring and landed on his outstretched hand. 'Maleńka!' he said. 'You are kind to visit!'

This tiny bird had reminded him of things he had lost: a lightness of being, sparks of tenderness. Maleńka was also the name he had given his baby sister - she was such a dear little one.

First Place: Wins 5 Hive

"You should go now, people are approaching," she replied and Vickoly didn't understand why she wanted him to leave.

Vickoly checked the road and he saw people very far away but it was impossible for her to see them because of the direction they were coming from. He turned to the window again but she wasn't there anymore.

He looked through the window but couldn't see through it.

Vickoly continued his journey home that day and he was confused.

"She is strange," Vickoly thought as he pedalled his bicycle.

Congratulations to @george-dee, @riverflows and @jhymi!

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: "terrified."

What to do with this prompt?

Everyone feels terrified at some point in life. For example, it can be fear of the unknown, a debilitating fear of heights, or loud noises, a frightening walk through a bad part of town, or of the possibility of something lurking under the bed. Tell us a story of a terrifying experience or moment in time for your character.

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; #127 Window

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I feel excited to be among the winners, congratulations to Jhymi and Riverflow.

A big shout-out to the moderators and members of the community.

Hehe ~ seems to me like it's time to bring some terror into the bag! Let's go! Thank you for the fun opportunity.

BIG congratulations to all winners, honourable mentions and participants as a whole. We're doing great and our stories are usually wonderful to read. Thank you @theinkwell

Hello @jayna @theinkwell

I got 5 hive twice, is that a mistake? This is my first getting the first position and I don't know what the reward is been distributed.

Yes, it was a mistake, @george-dee. I inadvertently paid the contest rewards from my account. Not realizing this had happened, we then paid from The Ink Well account as well. Enjoy! 😄

Oh okay, I thought as much. I just did a refund, thanks for your great work.

Wishing you a great day ma....

Oh, that’s very kind, @george-dee. Thank you. 😍

Congratulations guys. Keep it coming. Another week with terrified options, hehe. We move!

congratulations to @jhymi @riverflows and @george-dee my boss.
more wins to come for you call.

Now, lets go ransack our brain for a good story

🎉🎉🎉 Congratulations to all the winners! 🎉🎉🎉 You have done a great job and deserve this recognition. 🙌🙌🙌 I hope you enjoy your prizes and celebrate your achievements. 🎁🎁🎁 You are an inspiration to us all. 👏👏👏

Congratulations to the winners.
Here is my entry:
I engaged with two writers ❤️

Here's my entry guys! I know it's a little long. But I swear on the old gods and the new I am trying to make em short!

Congratulations to the winners

Congratulations to all the winners. Here is my entry :

Congratulations @george-dee , @riverflows y @jhymi their stories impacted us and filled our eyes with beautiful letters.

Good day!

My link below
I have commented on @kinganny and @fantom22

By the way, congrats to the winners. They have done extremely great.

Big congratulations to @jhymi @riverflows and @george-dee . What a well deserved win @george-dee.

Here I leave my entry for this new prompt:

My support in the publications of @fantom22, @jjmusa2004, @george-dee and @blessworld.

Congratulations to the week's winners.
Here's my link for this prompt
Have a great weekend y'all

Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions!

Also, here's the link to the story I've written:

Here´s my story! I´m back and glad to post in this community again!