Welcome, everyone, to Microcosms 85! Ready to stretch your flash fiction muscles? This week’s guest host is Stephen Shirres, who may just be a little too busy to enter this time. Over to you, Stephen.
Today, I’m moving house, and I thought I’d share the pain with all you wonderful flash fiction writers. Everyone has moved house at some point, so you can see the great storytelling opportunities such days create – whether it is an arguing couple, excitement or dread of a new home, etc.In one wee change to the usual format, there is no Character element this week. Instead, we have Item of Furniture: from beds to wardrobes, and not forgetting the kitchen sink! Also, since the process of moving house necessarily involves TWO locations, the chosen element can be either FROM or TO.If I were judging, I’d of course include extra marks for any stories about moving house. [Good point, Stephen! GH] Just think: it can’t go any worse than it did for poor Stan and Ollie in their 1932 Oscar-winning short, The Music Box… (Check it out HERE.)
(If YOU have an idea for a future contest and would like to be guest host, please contact us.)
Our contest this week begins with THREE things: item of furniture, location and genre.
We spun, and our three elements are – item of furniture: Bed, location: Lighthouse, and genre: Comedy.
Write a story using those OR feel free to click on the “Spin!” button, and the slot machine will come up with a new set – character, setting and genre. You can keep clicking until you have a set of elements that inspires you.
*** HEY! Remember to include which THREE elements you’re using AND a title for your entry ***
*** NO FAN-FICTION, PLEASE, and NO USE of COPYRIGHT CHARACTERS ***
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen Sink
- Semi-detatched House
- Town House
- Hunting Lodge
- Steam Punk
Judging this week is MC 86 Judge’s Pick, Bill Engleson.
All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have 24 hours until midnight, New York time (EDT) to submit.
*** If you are new to Microcosms, remember to check out the full submission guidelines. ***
All being well, results will be posted on Monday.