The Ink Well Prompt #31 and FLASH FICTION CONTEST! Read the post for rules!


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Hello and welcome to our week-long FLASH FICTION CONTEST!

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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Authors, please read and comment on other writers' stories. We request that you read at least two stories weekly, or two stories for each one you publish in The Ink Well. It only takes a little time, and this ensures that we have a thriving and supportive community. It also builds your following and improves your rewards!

Also note that we only select stories for the periodic highlights magazine by authors who are engaging with other members' posts.

Thank you to all of the community members who take the time to read other authors' work and provide comments. You are so awesome!

Okay! Let's review fiction entries from last week's prompt and launch our FLASH FICTION CONTEST!

Stories From the Previous Week

Thank you to everyone who posted a story for last week's prompt, “Three words: scooter, river, midnight," which invited The Ink Well authors to get creative and craft stories that include the three prompt words. You guys are amazing! You came up with some wonderful and imaginative tales!

Here are the week's stories. Be sure to read and support these authors for their work. We have also featured several of these stories in The Ink Well Highlights Magazine from September 12.

This Week’s Prompt and FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Welcome to our Flash Fiction Contest. This contest replaces our weekly prompt and will last one week. Please be sure to have all contest entries in by 6 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT) on September 20. We will announce the winners within a few days of the contest closing.

For your contest entry, choose one of the following sentences to incorporate into your flash fiction piece. Write a story with a word count between 500 and 1000 words.

Here are your choices. You must include one of these sentences in your story:

  1. No one knew where she was going.
  2. We watched the spaghetti slide slowly down the wall.
  3. The surface of the pond began to bubble and gurgle.
  4. We took the long way to avoid the cottage where the troll lived.
  5. There was unrest in the city that night.
  6. When the curtain moved, I felt a creeping sensation and gasped.
  7. The second time Mike and Maxine got married was better than the first.
  8. The sign by the door said, "Take an umbrella in case of rain."

If you're not familiar with "flash fiction," you can read about it here.

Contest Rules:

  1. Deadline: 6 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT) on September 20.
  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 #inkwellcontest #flashfiction #theinkwell.
  4. COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Visit the work of at least two other community members and comment on their work.
  5. Title and content: 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. For the content, you must include one of the sentences supplied above.
  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.
  7. Length: No less than 500 words and no more than 1000.

Note: As always, please avoid gory, bloody, brutal, sexist or racist themes and language, NSFW (not safe for work) themes, and stories featuring abuse of women, children or animals.


We will select three winners from the submitted stories:

  • Best overall story (15 Hive): We will look for a great story line as well as character development, scene setting, story arc and resolution.
  • Most original (10 Hive): The winner of this prize will surprise us with an unfamiliar theme or unusual story line.
  • Best story arc (10 Hive): For this prize, you must entice us with a great story conflict, build tension, and provide an excellent resolution to the conflict.

If you don't feel confident aiming for any of these achievements, just write a good story. (We may issue additional prizes at our discretion!)

Tip: Edit your story. We cannot emphasize this enough. Read your story carefully before posting it, to look for errors. Better yet, use Google Docs, as described in the post Help for the Grammatically Challenged in our catalog of fiction writing tips.

Have fun and good luck!

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

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