The Ink Well Prompt #103 - 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 sympathy and the skill challenge was to create a memorable character. This community really came through with surprising, amazing stories!

Many of our writers created original, memorable stories in response to the prompt. Our selections of this week's winners and honorable mentions reflect how well writers dealt with this prompt and skill challenge.

Update! We are excited to share that in addition to our first place winner, we are awarding a second and third place. We also will be selecting honorable mentions. For second and third place we are awarding Hive Basic Income (HBI). The third place winner receives 2 HBI and the second place winner receives 3 HBI.

Here are this week's honorable mentions, all of them writing in response to the prompt and skill challenge.

Honorable Mentions

The boy scrunched up his face. "Why are you doing this?"
Mr. Latheson nodded towards his daughter. "Sarah here thinks if we can help children like you to get enough to eat, that you'll stop stealing and become well behaved."
"I just might at that. I'm not lookin' for a beatin', you know."

"Yesterday when my mother brought me to take a tour round the school I saw you sitting all alone eating and I thought maybe you could use a friend".
"A friend?"
"Yes a friend is-"*
"A person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection typically one exclusive of family relations".

Mike had successfully initiated a romantic chat with Sandra, a single lady residing in a city in the US. Sandra, in the previous years wasn't able to get into a successful relationship with anyone within her vicinity. She decided to be active on a chatting platform to see if she could find her missing rib through such a channel.

Private detective Matthew Hernandez, a Mexican by birth, was used to strange cases. He had investigated serial killers, kidnappers and senseless murders. But nothing in his past seemed to have prepared him for the Bristol haunted house case.

Then he remembered today’s schedule. Mrs. Williamson had meant to make cookies for her book club, as all five of them were having a meeting today!
He quickly sat up. “She didn’t make those cookies yet, did she?” he muttered quietly. He hated thinking about waking her up, not when she was getting such well deserved rest.

Third Place: Wins 2 HBI

That year she represented her school in the children's singing contest and was the national leader. At that time her mother fell ill with depression from which she could not recover, lost her speech and went into a state of psychosis. At that time they had to move to another city in that country, residing at her paternal grandmother's house.

Second Place: Wins 3 HBI

I shuddered in panic, not only for my kitty but for the sibylline old man. No one can stare into his eyes for more than three seconds without feeling uncomfortable, for there is a golden peculiarity that emanates from them. They say that when he laughs, the roars of his laughter bounce off the walls like rambunctious spirits.

And the winner of the Sympathy/Create a memorable character challenge is...@riverflows, with the story Sympathy. Congratulations, @riverflows. You will receive 5 Hive!

This is not unusual, but generational - the post millenials are doped up, anaesthetised, jaded, unfeeling pricks, according to the press. They're not wrong. He cannot recall the last time he felt anything at all, but this was not entirely his fault. It is a protective mechanism to not feel in a world entirely ruined.

Okay, let's review fiction entries from last week's prompt and launch a new one.

Stories From the Previous Week


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

This Week’s Prompt

The Ink Well is fortunate to have many members who are eager to write. It would be wise to use talent on the best story you can write so you can receive the optimal curation. Remember, Quality over Quantity.

Please Note: The Inkwell curators read many creative submissions each week. Ideally, we would comment and curate each piece. However, there are physical limitations, which include time. It may be the case that stories are submitted and are not curated. We do try to curate every piece but that may not happen.

At last, the prompt of the week!
This week's prompt is A Special Time. Our skill challenge will be to create a memorable setting for your story. @jayna has written a great essay about creating story settings in the Catalog of Fiction Writing Tips.

**When you write for the prompt, you don't have to use the exact word. Derive inspiration from it. A Special Time opens up almost limitless possibilities as a prompt. Use your imagination and come up with an original interpretation of this prompt.

Here are some ideas about how to use the prompt, A Special Time. You can probably come up with much more interesting ideas of your own.

  1. When I was a child, my favorite holiday was the Fourth of July. In the evening, families would gather together, grill hot dogs, and toast marshmallows
  2. Jocelyn held in her memory the moment her baby sister came home from the hospital for the first time.
  3. The train ride to the big city was the most spectacular event Andrew had ever experienced.
  4. Michelle marveled at the creamy confection she had made with her own two hands.
  5. At the moment wedding vows were spoken, Henry's grandmother burst into tears of happiness.
  6. Bringing home a new puppy from the shelter might have been the most happy experience in Arthur's young life.
  7. As Alicia boarded the airplane to go to college, she looked back at her family and realized she was beginning a new stage of her life.
  8. "Blow out the candles! It is the one and only time you will turn twenty-one," Matthew's mother exclaimed.
  9. The dense jungle opened before them as the first day of their safari was about to begin.
  10. Lucia knew, when she kissed Brian, that this was the man she would marry.
  11. Herbert looked at the trophy with moist eyes. He had worked so hard to win the race. This was a moment he would never forget.
  12. Maria liked to think of Sunday mornings as a special time, a few hours put aside to spend alone with her husband.
  13. Alex rested his head on the seat and listened to the soft hum of the car engine. He was certain he would remember, for the rest of his life, the last vacation he spent at Mariba Bay.

A week from now, we will select a winning story that demonstrates this skill and utilizes the prompt. Of course, we will also be looking for overall quality in the winning story. Good luck!

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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:

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Congratulations to all that won. You all did a nice job.
@theinkwell It feels like my entry the process was not visited but I was mentioned. Please, is there any reason why? Did i go against the rules of the community?

Hi @marriot5464. We attempt to read and curate as many stories as possible. However, as we said in an announcement a few months ago when we removed the restriction on the number of posts authors can publish in The Ink Well weekly, we do not curate every single post.

!LUV it. 😊

Here is my entry for the week. Last week was a bomb. I read a lot of great stories. Looking forward to more this week.

I engaged on the work of @benette and @virgoxsy

Congratulations to the all winners.
Here my entry
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My entry :

I engaged in the following authors' posts

Congratulations @riverflows for doing justice to last week prompt on sympathy. Also, to all the honorable mentions, big congrats to you all.

Congratulations to the winners, every week the community brings us excellent results. Congratulations to all the team, who do a great job and make us feel comfortable.

This week I bring my participation that I would like to share. Greetings and happy day to all: An unexpected and long-awaited turn in life.

Oh goodness, thanks so much! I feel so honored and suprised with the amazing stories I caught this week. Much appreciated xx

Thank you very much for this recognition. It is a real honor to be in your top. Congratulations to @riverflows and @rammargarita for their excellent work as well. Now, we continue this week. Here is my entry:

Another honorable mention in the bag. Thank you @theinkwell for the recognition. My profound congratulations to the winners.

Guys, I've written one but it's long at 1800 words. I don't mind if no one reads it, but I'd sure appreciate some feedback from you awesome curators! I never manage more than 1000 words and was experimenting with an omniscient narrator and a few other devices so it'd be great for someone to read it at least. I'll try to shave it down over the weekend for you. xx

Hi! I'm here again. ere is my entry

I will engage other members' works (Did I write it well? I mean that last sentence ;p)

Done. I'm sorry it's longer than usual. You know my usual complaint is I struggle to write more than 1200 odd words to make it less a flash fiction and more a short story, and I was trying pretty hard with this one to make it of decent length. Was experimenting with an omniscient narrator, which I don't usually do, and I think I was successful. Gah, I love the Ink Well for giving me space to experiment.

Please experiment. We love you, @riverflows.

Aw... Blushing so hard!

Congratulations to all winners and honorable mentions...

Here is my entry. I love this topic and I am surely going to enjoy reading great posts here.

Congratulations to the winners. It's always fun reading y'all stories.
Here's my entry for this week's prompt

Thanks so much for everything, here's my submission for this week ♥️

Here is my entry (so sorry I made a mistake posting it to my blog) not sure if crossposting is allowed 🙂

Supported @dianelson @kingsleymark

Hi @merit.ahama. We do not allow cross-posts in general, as our rules are about posting 100% original content in The Ink Well. However, we understand that mistakes happen sometimes! It's okay. 🤗

Thanks so much for understanding 🙂

Hello @theinkwell. Here's my story for this prompt--