Microcosms 35

Thank goodness Friday comes round only once a week! How to come up with another contest for Microcosms… I’m so glad that I managed to brow-beat this week’s judge, A J Walker, into being guest host as well. Take it away, AJ:

Normally at this time of year I’m off to the wonderful End of the Road festival down on the Dorest/Wiltshire border, but this year I’m having to give it a miss. Fantastic music, beautiful setting with quirky added details, lovely audience, sunshine (hopefully), food from around the world, real ale and cider from round the corner. A fantastic event – everything I could possibly want in life, in microcosm. In fact, this year I’ve not gone to any music festivals – an awful turn of (non-attendance of) events. Next year…

So, to fill this void, I’m after your stories of festivals – be they music, beer, food… free love?

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

We spun, and our three elements are character: Undercover Cop, setting: Field, and genre: Memoir.

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 – you can keep clicking until you have a set of elements that inspire you. Be sure to include which three elements you’re using.

  • Festival Virgin
  • Festival Veteran
  • Singer
  • Ticket Tout
  • Volunteer
  • Undercover Cop
  • Organiser
  • Warehouse
  • Field
  • Performance Tent
  • Conference Centre
  • Public Park
  • Former Church
  • Camp Site
  • Memoir
  • Thriller
  • Romance
  • Aga Saga
  • Science Fiction
  • Parody
  • Horror
  • Comedy
  • Fairy Tale


As already mentioned, judging this week is Microcosms 34 Judge’s Pick, A J Walker.

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time to submit. (If you are new to Microcosms, check out the full submission guidelines.)

All being well, results will be posted on Monday.


If you like, you may use the following pictures to inspire you – purely optional.


Unicorn at EOTR 2014

Snazzy Unicorn at End of the Road 2014 (copyright A J Walker)


Somerset Cider Bus 2014

Somerset Cider Bus 2014 (copyright A J Walker)



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