Microcosms 45

Welcome, my friends, to Microcosms 45. Yours truly hosting again this week:

Today, like the US President Elect, we are full of admiration for a great Russian, as we celebrate the anniversary of the birth in 1821 of the author Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky.



(If you have an idea for a future contest – even if it is just a rough outline – please, please get in touch with me.)


As usual, our contest will begin with three things. This week: Dostoyevsky novel/novella (excluding ‘The’) , Dostoyevsky short story (excluding ‘A’) and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are novel/novella: Landlady, short story: Weak Heart, and genre: Romance.

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.

  • Double
  • Landlady
  • House of the Dead
  • Gambler
  • Idiot
  • Adolescent
  • Jealous Husband
  • Weak Heart
  • Honest Thief
  • Little Hero
  • Nasty Story
  • Gentle Creature
  • Fairy Tale
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Drama


Judging this week is Microcosms 44 Judge’s Pick, Christina Dalcher.

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 image to inspire you – purely optional.


Dostoyevsky postage stamp - from a portrait by Vasily Perov (1872)

Dostoyevsky postage stamp – from a portrait by Vasily Perov (1872)


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