Microcosms 89

Felicitations, fellow flashionistas, and welcome to Microcosms 89.

Regular followers may remember that in MC Contest 85, I told you that I was called upon to make a Father of the Bride speech in September.

Still plenty of time to write one, I told myself; but I’m a world-class procrastinator, and it turns out that the wedding is TODAY! (Serves me right for leaving it to my wife to deal with all the social diary engagements…)

So, no time for my usual last-minute production of a contest theme; this post has been cobbled together IN ADVANCE! – and scheduled for automatic release at the usual time of 00.00, Friday, New York (EDT) time. Here’s the deal:

Instead of a theme and the usual ‘slot machine’ selection of elements – character, location and genre – I’ve resorted to Rory’s Story Cubes®.

The story cubes are a sets of nine ‘dice’, but instead of a number, each face has a different illustration – or ‘icon’. The simplest way to play is to take all nine cubes, give them a shake, and roll… Since this is a long-distance game, I’ve already done that for you!

Here is a photo of how the cubes landed.


Microcosms 89 Contest
(Rory’s Story Cubes®)


The objective is to tell a story that links together all nine icons.

The interpretation of each icon is intentionally left open, in order to trigger multiple associations. For example, the key may be taken literally as an instrument for locking / unlocking, or it could be a musical key, a lever / button on a keyboard (piano, laptop, etc.), a clue… or anything else that your brain associates with that image.

It’s not compulsory for you to use the cubes in the order they are laid out; start anywhere and use them in any order – just remember to incorporate all nine icons in your story.

This week, you are not restricted by a list of genres – go with whatever you like… but please specify the genre you have chosen.



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


*** DON’T FORGET to tell us your chosen genre AND to give your entry a title ***



Due to the very late posting of last week’s results, Steph Ellis has kindly agreed to act as this week’s judge. (Last week’s Judge’s Pick will be invited to judge a future contest.)


All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have 24 hours until midnight, today (Friday) 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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