Microcosms 114

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:

‘Mambo’ (1955)

‘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.


  • Dancer
  • Hustler
  • Assassin
  • University Student
  • Journalist
  • Blacksmith
  • Venice
  • Pool Hall
  • Paris
  • Demo
  • Island
  • Pirate Ship
  • Romance
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • Horror
  • Adventure

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.

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