Microcosms 69

Hi, y’all! Welcome to Microcosms 69. What intriguing delights do we have to get your flash fiction fingers flying this week?

I was beginning to think that I was overdoing the birthday thing as a basis for the contest post, until I discovered that this day, 28 April, in 1948, saw the birth of Sir Terry Pratchett OBE, one of the UK’s best-loved and most prolific authors.

He is widely known for his Discworld series for which he wrote a staggering 41 novels. He was the UK’s best selling author of the 1990s, and, according to the Wikipedia Discworld Portal, still holds the record for the most shoplifted books!

Some of my favourite Discworld novels are:


  • The Colour of Magic (1983)
  • The Light Fantastic (1986)
  • Maskerade (1995)
  • Jingo! (1997)
  • Carpe Jugulum (1998)
  • Going Postal (2004)


Sadly, Terry was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, and died on 12 March 2015, aged 66.

Large black fedora hats off to you, Sir Terry!



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


Our contest this week begins with THREE things: character, setting and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Postman/Mailman , setting: Castle, 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 inspires you.

*** HEY! Remember to include which THREE elements you’re using AND a title for your entry ***


  • Tourist
  • Wizard
  • Janitor
  • Police Commander
  • Vampire
  • Postman/Mailman
  • Pub/Bar
  • Forest
  • Opera House
  • Submarine
  • Castle
  • Post Office
  • Crime
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Comedy
  • Memoir
  • Horror


Judging this week is Microcosms 68 Judge’s Pick, Caleb Echterling.

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

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