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Welcome to the very first Microcosms flash fiction contest! How exciting! šŸ˜€

Today is the 1st of January, which is celebrated as the New Year for many cultures around the world and is symbolic of new beginnings. And, in some ways, that’s what today’s contest is about – looking forward. Whether it’s the year you want to start writing or finish that book you’ve been working on, let’s pledge to make 2016 great!

However, we would be remiss if we didn’t honor the past. After all, Microcosms wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the tremendous work of others before us.

So, for our first contest, we’re going to pay homage to those great contests that have come before us and, sadly, are no longer here. Each of our options include elements inspired by Flash Friday by Rebekah Postupak, Three Line Thursdays by Grace Black, and Micro Bookends by David Borrowdale.

As usual, our contest will begin with three things: character, setting, and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are chracter: a biologist, setting: on a rainy day, and genre: drama.

Feel free to write a story using those or spin a new set of your own. Be sure to include which three elements you’re using.

  • person named David
  • a biologist
  • person named Rebekah
  • a dragon
  • person named Grace
  • a poet
  • in a publishing house
  • on a fishing boat
  • in Washington, DC
  • in a cave
  • on a rainy day
  • in an art gallery
  • sci-fi
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem


All submissions should be 100 words in length, give or take 10 words (90 – 110 words). You have until midnight, New York time to submit.

If you like, you may incorporate the following photo prompt (not required).

Picture of star-shaped lights.

Star Lights, by KM Zafari

Winners will receive a copy of the Kindle version of Flashdogs: An Anthology (currently available in the US, the UK, Australia, and other territories), or a similarly priced book of their choosing.

Alternatively, winners may elect to have the monetary equivalent donated to World Reader or another literacy-related charity.

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