Microcosms 58

Welcome, everyone, to another fun-packed flash challenge. This week, Stephen Shirres has stepped up to the plate and volunteered to act as guest host for Microcosms 58. Over to you, Stephen:

With the UK release of The LEGO® Batman™ Movie today, I thought we’d strap on our capes and go full superhero with a list of characters and settings you’ll find in most superhero comics / films / TV shows or any other place you’d encounter someone fighting crime in an odd costume.

[ Remember: fan fiction is NOT one of our options. So no tales of the Caped Crusader; save those for your pitch meetings with Warner Brothers. ]



(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: Sarcastic Butler, setting: Skyscraper, 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 AND a title for your entry.

  • Arrogant Superhero
  • Adolescent Sidekick
  • Sarcastic Butler
  • Villain with Quirky Superpower
  • Dim Police Commissioner
  • Kidnap Victim
  • Secret Lair
  • Skyscraper
  • Mansion
  • Abandoned Theme Park
  • City Hall
  • Warehouse
  • Romance
  • Crime
  • SFF
  • Horror
  • Memoir
  • Comedy


Microcosms 57 Community Pick AND Judge’s Pick, Richard Edenfield, declined the offer to do the judging thing, so that pleasure has fallen to me.

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time (EST) to submit.

(If you are new to Microcosms, remember to check out the full submission guidelines.)

All being well, results will be posted on Monday.


If you need further inspiration, Stephen suggests you check out this promo video – purely optional.

Microcosms 59
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