Microcosms 47

Welcome to Microcosms 47.

On this day in 1952, Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. It ran there until Saturday, 23 March 1974 then immediately transferred to the larger St Martin’s Theatre, next door, where it reopened on Monday, 25 March thus keeping its “initial run” status. It is the longest continually-running play in history. If you haven’t seen it, I don’t want to spoil it for it for you, but the person who did it was… a-aarghh!!



(If you have an idea for a future contest and would like to be guest host, please contact me.)


Our contest begins with three things: character, setting and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Grandson, setting: Guesthouse, 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.

  • Actor
  • Grandson
  • Guest
  • Spiv
  • Detective
  • Newsreader
  • Guesthouse
  • Winter
  • Hamlet
  • Theatre
  • West End
  • Snowdrift
  • Memoir
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Drama


Judging this week is Microcosms 46 Judge’s Pick, Bill Engleson.

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 this image to inspire you – purely optional.


Blue Plaque, St Martin's Theatre, London (Lisa CC BY-SA 2.0)

Blue Plaque, St Martin’s Theatre, London
(Lisa CC BY-SA 2.0)

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