Microcosms 109

Hello, flash-fictioneers, and welcome to Microcosms 109. I’m struggling for a theme again this week, so I’ve had to fall back on my usual source of inspiration.

Today (09-FEB) is the anniversary of the birth or death of several famous writers:


1737: Thomas Paine, English-American philosopher, author, and activist – “Common Sense” (1775-6)

1863: Anthony Hope, English author – “Prisoner of Zenda” (1894)

1923: Brendan Behan, Irish poet, playwright and author – “The Quare Fellow” (1954)

1940: J. M. Coetzee, South African-Australian novelist – “Life & Times of Michael K” (1983)

1944: Alice Walker, American novelist – “The Color Purple” (1982)


1881: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist –  “Demons” (1871-2)




(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: Gardener, Location: Castle and genre: Fairy Tale.

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, location 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 – not included in the word count.


  • Activist
  • Dashing Villain
  • Condemned Man
  • Gardener
  • African-American Woman
  • Revolutionary
  • British-American Colonies
  • Castle
  • Prison
  • Apartheid South Africa
  • Rural Georgia
  • Russia
  • Fantasy
  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • Memoir
  • Fairy Tale
  • Crime

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


REMEMBER: all submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length (excluding the title).

Unless you get stuck in a time loop, you have just 24 hours until midnight, today (Friday) New York time (EST) to write and submit your masterpiece.

*** 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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