The Ink Well Prompt #20: Summer Camp


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Hello and welcome to the The Ink Well weekly fiction prompt. The Ink Well is a Hive blockchain-based social media community of creative writers. If you love to write short stories, we invite you to join us. Or peruse the work of our community members.


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Okay! Let's review fiction entries from last week and start a new prompt.

Stories From the Previous Week

Thank you to everyone who posted a story for last week's prompt, “Tea Time or Tee Time?," which offered The Ink Well authors to choose a tea time or tee time (golf-theme) story, or combine the two.

Thank you to those of you wrote pieces for this writing prompt. It is always a joy to see the stories that emerge from our prompts!

Here are the week's stories. Be sure to read and support these authors for their work! We've noted the prompt stories that were showcased in The Ink Well Highlights Magazine from June 13.

This Week’s Prompt

The prompt for this week is Summer Camp.

Summer camp is a rite of passage for many kids. But whether or not you experienced it, there is plenty of lore, movies and more to fuel your imagination. From toads in sleeping bags to ghost stories and things whispered by fire light, summer camp has great potential.

Some kids can't wait to go to camp. For others it's torture to be away from home. They are homesick, they're afraid of the dark or they don't know anyone at camp. Maybe your main character has had a bad experience in the past with a gruff camp counselor, or once got burned by a marshmallow.

And what about the perspective of the parents? Some sigh with relief when their kids are signed over to the counselors for a week, while others fret endlessly that little Johnny isn't getting enough to eat, will be bullied by other campers, or will have a terrible experience and tattle to their therapist a few years down the road that their mom made them go.

Where will your imagination take you? We hope you have some fun with this prompt!

Note: As always, please avoid gory, bloody, brutal, sexist or racist themes and language, as well as stories featuring abuse of women, children or animals.

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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  1. Deadline: You have a week to write for the prompt, until the next one is posted. (Note: You can write for any of the prompts anytime. This is just a guideline to be included in the weekly round-up of highlights.)
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  3. Story link: Post a link to your story in a comment on this post.
  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 or include the prompt word.
  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 the source link.

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Here are the past prompts if you would like to use them or refer back to them:

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