Microcosms 116

Greetings, my flash fictioneering friends, and welcome to Microcosms 116.

30-MAR saw the birth in 1905 of England’s longest-serving hangman, Albert Pierrepoint.

Some of his more famous ‘clients’ include:

  • William Joyce — “Lord Haw Haw” (1946)
  • Timothy Evans (1950)
  • Derek Bentley (1953)
  • John Christie (1953)
  • Ruth Ellis — last woman to be hanged in the UK (1955)



(PLEASE READ THIS: If YOU have a theme for a future contest and you can come up with a preamble — a BRIEF introduction to what it’s all about — and a list of related elements (six characters and six locations*), please contact us.)

[ * You may also specify the six genres too, if you wish – or leave it to the Microcosms management team to supply these. ]


Our contest this week begins with THREE things: character, location and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Lorry/Truck Driver, Location: Warehouse, 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, 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.


  • Hangman
  • Traitor
  • Lorry/Truck Driver
  • Burglar
  • Clerk
  • Hostess
  • Prison
  • Nazi Germany
  • Notting Hill
  • Warehouse
  • Post Office
  • Night Club
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Tragedy
  • Memoir
  • Horror
  • Mystery

Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Caleb Echterling, 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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