Microcosms 55

Welcome, everyone, to Microcosms 55. I hope you all got your birthday party invitation… No? Oh well, you’re here now.

The birthday isn’t today, but I imagine quite a lot of us would prefer a distraction from something else that begins in the USA in just a few hours…

I’m actually celebrating my birthday on Sunday. “How old?” I hear you cry. Well, if I say:

“Will you still need me – to post Microcosms contests,

Will you still feed me – fabulous pieces of creative writing,

When I’m sixty-four?”

you’ll realise I aint no spring chicken…

This week, we are making a slight break from our usual format to commemorate the release 50 years ago later this year of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – “the most important and influential rock and roll album ever recorded” (Prof. Kevin J. Dettmar – Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature).



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


Our contest this week begins with just TWO things: song title and genre.

We spun, and our two elements are – song title: Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite!, and genre: Horror.

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 TWO elements you’re using.

  • Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • With a Little Help from My Friends
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  • Getting Better
  • Fixing a Hole
  • She’s Leaving Home
  • Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite!
  • Within You Without You
  • When I’m Sixty-Four
  • Lovely Rita
  • Good Morning Good Morning
  • A Day in the Life
  • Memoir
  • Thriller
  • Romance
  • Fairy Tale
  • Crime
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Parody
  • Horror
  • Comedy
  • Allegory
  • Poetry


Judging this week is Microcosms 54 Judge’s Pick, Geoff Le Pard.

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.


19th century circus poster which inspired "Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite!" [Public Domain]

19th century circus poster which inspired “Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite!” [Public Domain]

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