Microcosms 21

My inspiration for this week’s competition came from seeing a clown’s face on a card game I play with my students. I don’t like clowns – finding them more scary than funny – and I’ve always considered Ronald McDonald pretty creepy. From there I started to think about the other characters you might find in a circus and wondered what they would be like when moved out of the Big Top. So that’s your challenge, show me the ‘real’ characters behind the greasepaint and if a few clowns bite the dust in the process, well so be it … but don’t let me influence you, mwah hahaha …


Word count: we have mixed it up again this week and you are allowed 200 words +/- 50 for your mini masterpieces.

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

We spun, and our three elements are character: Puppeteer, setting: Subway, and genre: Fantasy.

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.


  • Puppeteer
  • Contortionist
  • Strong Man
  • Magician
  • Dancer
  • Clown
  • Park
  • Subway
  • Airport
  • Camp Site
  • Mansion
  • Shopping Centre
  • horror
  • sci-fi
  • steam punk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem

Spin!


Judging this week is one of last week’s Community winners, A.J. Walker. 🙂


All submissions should be 200 words in length, give or take 50 words (150 – 250 words). You have until midnight, New York time to submit.

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

Sad Clown by Shawn Campbell

Sad Clown by Shawn Campbell

BADGES! Please note that at present, I do not have sufficient admin rights to amend your badges. Hopefully, I can update these in the not too distant future.

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