Welcome to Microcosms 48, flashionistas. (Thanks to Bill Engleson for this wonderful term.)
On this day in 1867, at Tremont Temple in Boston, Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
This provides a tenuous link to the great man of letters. So, our elements this week are taken from his famous novels.
(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: Seamstress, setting: Second-hand Shop, and genre: Crime.
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.
- Bottle Cleaner
- Second-hand Shop
- Debtors’ Prison
- Fairy Tale
Judging this week is Microcosms 47 Judge’s Pick, Nthato Morakabi.
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.