Microcosms 8

Welcome back colonists!  It’s been truly wonderful to see you return week-after-week to duel against each other with words as your only weapons – but boy are they powerful.

When people think of artists, they think painters, musicians, sculptors, rarely do they consider the writer – unless you’re a poet (and preferably a dead one).  But writers are artists, they paint pictures with words, the page is their canvas, the pen is their brush, so this week we thought we’d pay homage to some of the greatest paintings in the world and show what could have been if they’d been written in ink.  Feast your eyes on the works of Bruegel, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Ernst, Canaletto and Lautrec.

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

We spun, and our three elements are character: maid, setting: starry night, and genre: poem.

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.

  • Psychic
  • Fugitive
  • Tourist
  • Schoolboy
  • Tattooist
  • Maid
  • The Starry Night
  • The Hunters in the Snow
  • At the Moulin Rouge
  • Europe after the Rain
  • Tahitian Landscape
  • The Grand Canal
  • horror
  • sci-fi
  • steam punk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem


Judging this week are last week’s winners, Bill Engleson and Sal Page. 🙂

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 Guns, Gods & Robots: Seven Curious Tales, which has generously been donated by Brady Koch, (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.

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

art palette with brushes and paint

Artist Palette by Johnny Berg

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