Welcome, everyone! Microcosms 5 is here! 😀
First of all, I’m so thankful for and proud of everyone who has contributed thus far. You’re making it a joy to run this contest. It’s worth all the work and the time commitment that goes into it.
And we’ll just go ahead and use that as a not-so-subtle segue into this week’s topic, which – in honor of the Flash Dogs’ upcoming anthology release – once again focuses on time.
What an enigmatic master (or mistress) time is, both cruel and seductive. No?
This week, I wanted to focus on the past, so I’ve chosen several characters and places we often associate with the past or history, especially ones that we tend to romanticize – for better or for worse. (Does the story have to take place in the past? Not necessarily.)
As usual, our contest will begin with three things: character, setting, and genre.
We spun, and our three elements are character: time traveler, setting: medieval Europe, and genre: mystery. Ooh…
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.
- plague doctor
- time traveler
- Aztec warrior
- witch (or “witch”)
- “ancient alien”
- an elephant
- medieval Europe
- Mayan temple
- ancient Rome
- ancient Japan
- colonial Africa
- the Old West
- Salem Witch Trials
- ancient China
- Australian Outback
- ancient Greece
- steam punk
Judging this week are two of last week’s winners, Steph Ellis and Daisy Warwick. 🙂
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.
US (currently available for pre-order in the US, the UK, Australia, and other territories and being released on 8 February 2016) or a similarly priced book of their choosing; alternatively, winners may elect to have the monetary equivalent donated to World Reader, the Book Bus, or another literacy-related charity.
If you like, you may incorporate the following photo prompt (not required).