Microcosms 5

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.

  • archaeologist
  • knight
  • king/queen
  • plague doctor
  • professor
  • pharaoh
  • time traveler
  • gladiator
  • samurai
  • Aztec warrior
  • watchmaker
  • scientist
  • explorer
  • blacksmith
  • cowboy
  • caveman/woman
  • slave
  • witch (or “witch”)
  • “ancient alien”
  • farmer/peasant
  • adolescent
  • miner
  • an elephant
  • philosopher
  • inventor
  • astronomer
  • medieval Europe
  • castle
  • Egypt
  • Mayan temple
  • college
  • laboratory
  • ancient Rome
  • ancient Japan
  • workshop
  • colonial Africa
  • Antarctica
  • the Old West
  • Salem Witch Trials
  • ancient China
  • Australian Outback
  • ancient Greece
  • horror
  • sci-fi
  • steam punk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem


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.

Winners will receive a copy of the Kindle version of 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).

Cyan-colored city scene, at a dutch angle, shortly after it rained

Night Time by Alexandru Armin Rosu

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