The Ink Well Fiction Prompt #129 - 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: "terrified". 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

Funmi didn't hesitate to put yam on fire while she picked the two eggs and broke them into a plate in preparation for the egg sauce.

I was busy with my work when I saw a giant dog run past. Whenever such happened, it's always an indication that a herdsman, the owner of the dog, was around with his cows.

I continued the weeding but after a few minutes, Funmi screamed from the kitchen.

Second Place: Wins 3 Hive

Emily takes flight on the descent and immediately becomes alert to cross safely. Melisa, on the other hand, is excitedly enjoying the view and as she crosses the corner, she is surprised by the drop in the road. Her bike hurtles off and she tries to slow down. Due to the potholes, she loses control, and making a great effort, she leans towards the inner edge of the cliff, but, the uncontrolled bike, makes her hit hard, and falls into the void amidst a terrified scream.

First Place: Wins 5 Hive

One winter night, Leo was coming home from the cinema when he saw the painted glasses of Mr. Oliver. Leo was curious to see what was painted on those glasses and went into Mr. Oliver’s property because he wanted to take a closer look at them.

There were three painted glasses alongside each other, leaned to the wall and they didn't have a frame. One of them was a beautiful painting of a historical figure whom he did not recognize. He was not particularly sharp in history.

He wanted to see all of them. So, he was tempted to touch one of them to take a closer look, but when he did that, the glass was so sharp that it cut his finger. It fell on the ground, breaking down into pieces.

Congratulations to @lenaspiritual, @fragozar01 and @lightpen!

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!

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This week's prompt is: "Dance."

What to do with this prompt?

Dancing is universal — an art form, a mode of expression, and a way to release energy. Everyone in the world has enjoyed experiencing or watching dance in some form A "dance" can also refer to the experience between two people who have a strained relationship, or cannot communicate well, or perhaps become entangled whenever they try to have a conversation.

Tell us a story that involves a physical or figurative dance.

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 use 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; #128 Terrified

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Big Congratulations to you wonderful writers @lenaspiritual, @fragozar01 and @lightpen . You guys did amazing with the prompt.

Thank you dear.

Congratulations to the winners.

Here is my entry

I engaged on @lara-bee, @marynn and @kinganny posts

Thank you @theinkwell for the motivation. Congratulations to the other winners and honorable mentioned.

Congratulations guys! Great stories. The mind can create pretty much everything huh? Thank you @theinkwell for making this space posible to develop some writing muscle!

Thank you @theinkwell love this
Congratulations to the honoured members

Immensely grateful for the award. Very proud just like my colleagues and everyone who makes this community the best. Thank you so much.

Thank you so much for choosing my story.
Much love ❤️
Congratulations to other winners and honorable mentions.

Congratulations to the featured writers. Good job

Congratulations to all the winners and I am happy as well.

I supported @ayokunlehenry @kemmyb

Congratulations to the winners @lenaspiritual, @fragozart01, @lightpen and honorable mentions.

Thank you.

Thank you very much ❤️

congratulation to the winner and thanks to inkwell

Hi, congrats to winners and honorable mentions
here is the link to my story
I engaged with two writers

Congratulations to all the winners. Here is my entry:

Congratulations to all the winners

I engaged with @kinganny and @iskawrites

Here is my entry for this week's prompt

Congratulations to all featured writers, good job.

Congratulations to the winners... For the "Dance" prompt, here is my entry.

I enjoyed reading @edystringz @cool08 stories.

Congratulations to the new winners @lenaspiritual , @fragozar01 and @lightpen fair winners of the weekly contest, thanks for giving us away his beautiful works.

Poetic Corner leaves you your participation for the contest of the week, I hope you like the story.

A hugs to team @theinkwell

Congratulations to all the winners! Here I leave my participation for this new challenge:

Hello, The Ink Well. Here's my story for this prompt--


Hello everyone 🤭 congrats to everyone mentioned here, my entry

Commented on @rinconpoetico7 and @jjmusa2004

Hello! Here again with a new post. I comented two of another friends before.

Hello everyone here's the link to my have a blissful day!!

A big congratulations to the winners on the previous prompt.

Another week and here's my entry link