Microcosms 56

Welcome, one and all, to Microcosms 56 on Friday, 27-JAN-2017.

27-JAN-1905 saw the birth of Maria von Trapp whose story was told in ‘The Sound of Music’.
How do you solve a problem like Maria? By realising that exactly twenty years later was the birthday of legendary actor Paul Newman – one of only four actors to have been nominated for an Academy Award in five different decades.
He starred in such iconic movies as ‘Cool Hand Luke’ (1967), ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ (1969), ‘The Sting’ (1973), ‘The Towering Inferno’ (1974), ‘The Verdict’ (1982) and ‘The Color of Money’ (1986).



(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 three things: character, setting and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Convict, setting: Chicago, 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 AND a title for your entry.

  • Convict
  • Outlaw
  • Grifter
  • Architect
  • Lawyer
  • Pool Hustler
  • Prison Camp
  • Bolivia
  • Chicago
  • Skyscraper
  • Courtroom
  • Road Trip
  • Memoir
  • Romance
  • Crime
  • Science Fiction
  • Horror
  • Comedy


Judging this week is Microcosms 55 Runner-up, John Herbert.

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.

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