Microcosms 20

Today’s contest is brought to you by Steph Ellis. (Thanks, Steph!)

Sometimes you read a book because you feel you should. These books are often referred to as ‘classics’ and yes, many of them are shining examples of great literature. However, because reading is so subjective, a book may often leave a reader shaking their head and wondering what all the fuss about. But they keep it to themselves. To even mention a dislike of a beloved classic is to bring down cries of ‘heresy’ or paint the reader as some sort of ignoramus. This is unfair. So this week I thought we’d have a bit of fun at the classics’ expense and I give you, instead of a setting, a novel title; for example, Les Miserables could be about a group of grumpy traffic wardens. And if you’ve never read the book, it doesn’t matter at all. All titles were taken from the Everyman Classics.

This week, our contest begins with three things: character, book, and genre.

And NOTE, we have given you 200 words to play with this time.

We spun, and our three elements are character: Gangster, book: Confessions, and genre: Romance.

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.

  • Housewife
  • Politician
  • Gangster
  • Entrepeneur
  • Photographer
  • Real Ale Enthusiast
  • Les Miserables
  • Memoirs of a Nun
  • The Sound and the Fury
  • Brave New World
  • The Prince
  • Confessions
  • horror
  • sci-fi
  • steam punk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem


Judging this week is one of last week’s winners, Geoff Holme, along with yours truly. 🙂

All submissions should be 200 words in length, give or take 10 words (190 – 210 words). You have until midnight, New York time to submit.

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.

If you like, you may incorporate the following photo prompt (not required). This is The Cider House at Quatt, Shropshire. My childhood home. It does have a relevance to one of the characters!

The Cider House at Quatt, Shropshire. An older, white and brown building.

The Cider House at Quatt by Andy Roberts

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