Microcosms 81

It’s Friday, flash fictioneers; welcome to Microcosms 81. Let’s get right to it.

 “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” is the famously extreme example of flash fiction. It has been apocryphally attributed to the novelist and short story  writer Ernest Hemingway.

As today, 21-JUL, is the anniversary of Hemingway’s birth in 1899, this week’s contest is based on events from his colourful life.



(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: Foreign Correspondent, setting: Battlefield, 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 – character, setting and genre. 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 ***


  • Ambulance Driver
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Bull Runner
  • Big Game Hunter
  • Fisherman
  • Depressive
  • Battlefield
  • Paris
  • Pamplona
  • Africa
  • Caribbean
  • Clinic
  • Crime
  • Horror
  • Fantasy
  • Memoir
  • Thriller
  • Comedy


Judging this week is Microcosms 80 Judge’s Pick, Nancy M. Beach.

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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