Microcosms 9

Today is (supposedly) Tell a Fairy Tale Day. So I thought we could take some fairy tales from around the world, mix them up, and turn things on their heads. Sound like fun? Let’s do it!

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

We spun, and our three elements are character: cat, setting: under the sea, and genre: romance. (Sorry!)

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.

  • princess
  • frog
  • wolf
  • prince
  • witch
  • king/queen
  • mermaid
  • genie
  • beast
  • homeless child
  • chicken
  • tailor
  • servant girl
  • shepherd
  • dragon
  • emperor
  • fairy
  • fish
  • fox
  • wizard
  • goose
  • simpleton
  • beggar
  • giant
  • devil
  • cat
  • thief
  • dollmaker
  • lion
  • ice queen
  • warrior
  • castle
  • forest
  • lake
  • falling sky
  • magic lamp
  • ancient Persia
  • beanstalk
  • Japan
  • workshop
  • cave
  • jungle
  • the Serengeti
  • under the sea
  • ancient China
  • battlefield
  • “the streets”
  • in the sky/clouds
  • field
  • underworld
  • cottage
  • horror
  • sci-fi
  • steam punk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem


Judging this week are yours truly and last week’s epic winner, Dana Faletti. 🙂

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 Fairy Tales: By The Grimm Brothers (Illustrated & Unabridged) (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).

an old book sits on a wooden table outside

old book by Griszka Niewiadomsk

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