Microcosms 97

Welcome to Microcosms 97, my flash fiction friends.

Daylight saving has been discontinued in New York: on Sunday, 05-NOV, they put their clocks back by one hour as they reverted to Eastern Standard Time (EST). Therefore, the customary 5 hour difference between New York and the UK has been restored.

APOLOGIES: this post is late. The closing deadline has been extended – you have until 01:30 a.m., tomorrow (Saturday, 11-NOV) New York time (EST) to submit.

Here’s an eclectic assortment of people who share the same birthday – 10-NOV:

  • 1728: Oliver Goldsmith – Irish-English novelist, poet, and playwright who wrote ‘The Vicar of Wakefield ‘ (1766)
  • 1810: George Jennings – English plumber and engineer, inventor of the first public flush toilet
  • 1909: Johnny Marks – American composer and songwriter, who wrote ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ (1949)
  • 1947: Greg Lake (ELP) – English singer-songwriter, guitarist who wrote ‘Lucky Man’ at the age of 12
  • 1950: Debra Hill – American screenwriter and producer : co-writer of ‘Halloween’ (1978)
  • 1963: Hugh Bonneville – actor: best known for his role as the Earl of Grantham in BBC TV series ‘Downton Abbey’



(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: Earl, location: Midwest Town, 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 ***


  • Vicar/Pastor
  • Inventor
  • Reindeer
  • Lucky Man
  • Babysitter
  • Earl
  • Rural Parish
  • The Great Exhibition
  • Lapland
  • Battlefield
  • Midwest Town
  • Country Estate
  • Crime
  • Sci-Fi
  • Fantasy
  • Poetry
  • Horror
  • Memoir


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



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Alva Holland, has kindly agreed to act as judge this time round.


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 (EST) 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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