Microcosms 39

Welcome to Microcosms #39, and another macabre flash fiction contest.

This week, we mark the end of the third quarter of Microcosms’ first year – and also the anniversary of the death of James Dean, who died in a car crash on this day in 1955, aged just 24 years.

Over the years, the month of September has proved popular for famous people to pass on, their death either being in or else involving an automobile accident:

  • Bessie Smith, blues singer, on  26-SEP-1937, aged 43
  • Marc Bolan, glam rock star, on 16-SEP-1977, aged 29
  • Grace Kelly, actress, on 14-SEP-1982, aged 52
  •  Isadora Duncan, dancer, on 14-SEP-1927, age 49 or 50
  • Michael Ventris, who deciphered Linear B, on 06-SEP-1956, aged 34

Our contest this week begins with three things: character, an associated attribute and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are character: Linguist, attribute: Giant, and genre: Science Fiction.

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 tell us which three elements you’re using.

  • Actor
  • Blues Singer
  • Glam Rock Star
  • Actress / Princess
  • Dancer
  • Linguist
  • Giant
  • After You’ve Gone
  • Mini
  • High Noon
  • Scarf
  • Mycenae
  • Romance
  • Thriller
  • Parody
  • Crime
  • Science Fiction
  • Memoir
  • Horror
  • Comedy
  • Fairy Tale


Judging this week is Microcosms 38 Judge’s Pick, Carlos Orozco.

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.


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