Welcome, flash fiction aficionados, to Microcosms 113.
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Once again, a plea for your help to make the administrator’s workload that little bit easier…
As most of you will know, Microcosms Contests are judged blind. This means that the administrator forwards to the judge all the entries stripped of all identifying details: entrant’s name, entrant’s Twitter ID, entrant’s blog address, etc.
All that is forwarded to the judge is word count (excluding title), prompt elements (Character; Location; Genre), Title and Story.
So it makes cutting and pasting so much easier if EVERYBODY uses the following format – with the exact same punctuation – when keying in an entry:
Put optional stuff — name, twitter ID, blog address, hashtag — first.
XXX words [ in this format – not “Word Count: XXX”, “WC: XXX” or some other variation ]
<CHARACTER>; <LOCATION>; <GENRE> [ separated by semicolons (no need to say “prompts used” or “elements chosen”; we can work that out!) ]
<TITLE> [Capitalised, but NO full stop/period ]
So, for example, if I were entering:
Art Collector; Victorian London; Mystery
My Fabulously Clever Title
Blah blah blah…
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Yesterday was International Women’s Day. So today – 09-MAR – we celebrate the anniversary of some notable “females”:
- 1959 – The Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
- 1892 – Vita Sackville-West, English author: “Grand Canyon” (1942) a ‘cautionary tale’ about a Nazi invasion of an unprepared United States.
- 1934 – Joyce Van Patten, American actress: 1976 episode of Columbo, “Old-Fashioned Murder”.
- 1964 – Juliette Binoche, French actress: 1997 Best Supporting Actress Oscar – “The English Patient”.
- 1986 – Brittany Snow, American actress: Chloe Beale in the “Pitch Perfect” musical comedy series.
- 1847 – Mary Anning, English paleontologist.
(If YOU have an idea for a future contest and would like to be a 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: Émigré, Location: Italian Monastery, and genre: Drama.
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.
*** NO FAN-FICTION, PLEASE, and NO USE of COPYRIGHT CHARACTERS **
- (A Cappella) Singer
- Fossil Collector
- Therapy Centre
- Italian Monastery
- Lyme Regis
- Alternate History
Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Angelique Pacheco, has kindly agreed to act as the judge this time around.
REMEMBER: all submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length (excluding the title).
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.