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.
*** NO FAN-FICTION, PLEASE, and NO USE of COPYRIGHT CHARACTERS **
- Lorry/Truck Driver
- Nazi Germany
- Notting Hill
- Post Office
- Night Club
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.