Greetings, flashionistas! Welcome to Microcosms 114.
PLEASE NOTE: New York has moved over to daylight-saving time (EDT) – clocks have gone forward one hour. This means that, here in the UK, the contest is due to open at 04:00 am today (FRIDAY), rather than the usual 05:00 am, and, consequently, closes an hour earlier at 04:00 am SATURDAY. British Summer Time comes into play on 25-MAR, so the customary differential will resume only with Microcosms 116 (30-MAY). [ Other time zones are available. 😉 ]
Today (16-MAR) is a birthday shared by three film directors:
- 1908 – Robert Rossen, American director:
‘The Hustler’ (1961)
- 1940 – Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian director:
‘The Conformist’ (1970)
‘The Dreamers’ (2003)
- 1964 – Gore Verbinski, American director:
‘The Ring’ (2002)
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ (2003)
(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: Assassin, Location: Venice, and genre: Thriller.
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 **
- University Student
- Pool Hall
- Pirate Ship
Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Ted Young, 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 (EDT) 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.