Microcosms 83

I’ve got that Friday Feeling… Welcome to Microcosms 83, flashionistas!


Apologies for the tardiness of this post; while scrabbling around for a theme, I began to feel unwell and had to go to bed. Appropriate then that today, 04-AUG, in the Byzantine calendar (yes, I AM scraping the barrel!) is the feast day of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus. The contest this week derives its elements from another seven sleepers.

Due to the late post, the contest’s closing deadline has been put back to 09:30am Saturday EDT (New York time): PLEASE IGNORE THE COUNTDOWN CLOCK.



(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: Corpse, setting: Tea Party, and genre: Crime.

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 ***


  • King Arthur
  • Dormouse
  • Cthulhu
  • Space Traveller
  • Rip Van Winkle
  • Corpse
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Avalon
  • Tea Party
  • Underwater City
  • Suspended Animation
  • Catskills
  • Cryogenics Facility
  • Opium Den
  • Horror
  • Memoir
  • Sci-Fi
  • Crime
  • Steampunk
  • Comedy
  • Poetry


This week’s judge TBC.

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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