Microcosms 53

Another Friday, another year… Welcome to Microcosms 53, the first post of 2017. Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a great festive period. To extend my break, Stephen Shirres kindly volunteered to be guest host this week. Over to you, Stephen:

 Happy New Year, Microcosms-ers. In an attempt to be surprising, we are starting the year with a contest based around New Year’s Resolutions. This is your chance to turn all those well-intentioned thoughts into something useful – a flash fiction tale we can all enjoy.



(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, resolution and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Online Dater, resolution: Lose Weight, 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.

  • Gym Newbie
  • Spendthrift
  • Writer
  • Workaholic
  • Smoker
  • Online Dater
  • Lose Weight
  • Spend Less
  • Write a Book
  • Have More Family Time
  • Quit Smoking
  • Fall in Love
  • Sci-Fi
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Romance
  • Memoir
  • Thriller


Microcosms 50 Judge’s Pick Firdaus Parvez is unable to judge this week. So yours truly will be judging.

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.


No photo to inspire you this week. To continue Stephen’s surprising theme, just imagine a wall calendar, focused on 01-JAN…


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