Microcosms 122

Greetings, flashlings. We come in peace… to welcome you to Microcosms 122.

It’s back to me to come up with a theme this week. Fortunately, I had a brainwave!

Part of the reason why I don’t write as much flash fiction these days is that, after a lapse of two or three years, I have got back into solving prize cryptic crossword puzzles.

For me, the acme of prize cryptic crosswords is the one published every Saturday in ‘The Times’ newspaper — the UK one, not the ‘New York Times’.

Also in the same issue is a Jumbo prize crossword with a grid of 23 x 23 cells. It has a set of cryptic clues AND a set of ‘easy’, general knowledge/synonym clues for the same grid. I usually try to complete the cryptic puzzle, but sometimes, with the deadline looming, I end up filling in the ‘easy’ answers instead.

This is what happened with Jumbo Crossword 1322. Whilst checking that I had filled in all the answers and that there where no spelling mistakes, I suddenly realised that some of the answers could be used as Microcosms ‘characters’ and others as ‘locations’.

So, since we are now past the deadline for receipt of entries for this puzzle,  Jumbo Crossword 1322 begets Microcosms 122!



(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: Bridegroom, Location: Steamer, and genre: Memoir.

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.


  • Rescuer
  • Angel
  • Usher
  • Customer
  • Bridegroom
  • Legatee
  • Trading Estate
  • East Sussex
  • Sauna
  • Steamer
  • Amble
  • Hinterland
  • Steam Punk
  • Crime
  • Poetry
  • Memoir
  • Sci-Fi
  • Comedy



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Nthato Morakabi, 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, 11-MAY) 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.

Microcosms 123
Microcosms 121

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