Microcosms 95

Welcome to Microcosms 95, flashionistas: another feast of Friday flash fiction fun.

REMEMBER: this post is scheduled for release at the usual time of 00.00, Friday, New York (EDT) time. You have just 24 hours until midnight, today (Friday) New York time (EDT) to submit.

*** Let’s try not to have any late entries this week, folks. ***

 

Today – 27 OCT – is ‘Black Cat Appreciation Day’ in the UK.

Black cats have featured in several works of literature:

  • GOBBOLINO: Eponymous character in ‘Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat’ (1942) by Ursula Moray Williams.
  • HODGE: Samuel Johnson’s cat, eulogised in ‘An Elegy on A Friend’s Favourite Cat’ (1771) by Percival Stockdale.
  • JIJI: witch’s familiar in ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ (1985) by Eiko Kadono.
  • OSCAR: Subject of ‘Oscar The Bionic Cat’ (2003) by Kate Allan.
  • PLUTO: Title character in ‘The Black Cat’ (1843), a short story by Edgar Allen Poe.
  • TRIM: Ship’s cat in ‘A Voyage to Terra Australis’ (1814) by Matthew Flinders – first person to circumnavigate Australia.

Geoff

 

(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, location and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Murderer, location: Kitchen, and genre: Horror.


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 ***

*** NO FAN-FICTION, PLEASE, and NO USE of COPYRIGHT CHARACTERS ***


  • Witch
  • Lexicographer
  • Delivery Operative
  • Orthopaedic Vet
  • Murderer
  • Explorer
  • Kitchen
  • London
  • Port
  • Channel Islands
  • Cellar
  • Sailing Ship
  • Children’s Story
  • Elegy
  • Fantasy
  • Memoir
  • Horror
  • Journal

Spin!

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

*** NO FAN-FICTION, PLEASE, and NO USE of COPYRIGHT CHARACTERS ***

 

Last week’s Judge’s Pick, M. Levi, has once again kindly agreed to act as judge.

 

Let me reiterate: 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 next Monday.

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