Microcosms 87

Welcome, everyone, to Microcosms 85! Ready to stretch your flash fiction muscles? This week’s guest host is Stephen Shirres, who may just be a little too busy to enter this time. Over to you, Stephen.

Today, I’m moving house, and I thought I’d share the pain with all you wonderful flash fiction writers. Everyone has moved house at some point, so you can see the great storytelling opportunities such days create – whether it is an arguing couple, excitement or dread of a new home, etc.
In one wee change to the usual format, there is no Character element this week. Instead, we have Item of Furniture: from beds to wardrobes, and not forgetting the kitchen sink! Also, since the process of moving house necessarily involves TWO locations, the chosen element can be either FROM or TO.
If I were judging, I’d of course include extra marks for any stories about moving house. [Good point, Stephen! GH] Just think: it can’t go any worse than it did for poor Stan and Ollie in their 1932 Oscar-winning short, The Music Box… (Check it out HERE.)



(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: item of furniture, location and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – item of furniture: Bed, location: Lighthouse, and genre: Comedy.

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 ***


  • Bed
  • Wardrobe
  • Sofa
  • Cooker
  • Washing Machine
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Piano
  • Kitchen Sink
  • Flat/Apartment
  • Lighthouse
  • Castle
  • Semi-detatched House
  • Town House
  • Bungalow
  • Cottage
  • Hunting Lodge
  • Horror
  • Comedy
  • Steam Punk
  • Sci-Fi
  • Crime
  • Memoir
  • Thriller
  • Poetry


Judging this week is MC 86 Judge’s Pick, Bill Engleson.

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have 24 hours 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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