Microcosms 30

This week’s contest is based on the work of actor, David Niven, the anniversary of whose death falls today. He was the quintessential urbane English gentleman, in real life and pretty much all of his almost 100 film/movie roles.

While he was co-hosting the televised Academy Awards in 1974, a naked man streaked across the stage behind him. Unphased, Niven quipped, “Isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?”


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

We spun, and our three elements are character: Spy, setting: Fortress, and genre: Comedy.

Write a story using those OR feel free to click on the “Spin!” button, and the slot machine will come up with a new set. Be sure to include which three elements you’re using.


  • Spy
  • Commando
  • Adventurer
  • Secret Hero
  • Amateur Sleuth
  • General
  • Casino
  • Fortress
  • Hot-Air Balloon
  • Revolutionary France
  • Mansion
  • World War II London
  • horror
  • adventure
  • sci-fi
  • steampunk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • comedy
  • poetry



Judging this week is Microcosm 29 Judge’s Pick, Sal Page.

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time to submit. All being well, results will be posted on Monday.


If you like, you may use the following picture to inspire you (optional).

Fortress in Koporye, Leningrad Oblast (CC 2.0)

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