Microcosms 123

Welcome, flash fiction fans, to Microcosms 123.

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Today, 18-MAY, is International Museum Day. Its objective is to raise awareness of the fact that “museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”.

The theme chosen for 2018 is “Hyperconnected Museums: new approaches, new publics”.

The events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or a whole week; but remember, you have just 24 hours to fashion and forward your exhibit for visitors to Microcosms to admire.



(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: Guard, Location: Exhibition Hall, 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 inspire you.

*** HEY! Remember to include:

  • the THREE elements you’re using
  • a TITLE for your entry – not included in the word count



  • Curator
  • Conservator
  • Archivist
  • Guide/Docent
  • Guard
  • Cleaner
  • Foyer
  • Ticket Office
  • Exhibition Hall
  • Store Room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gift Shop
  • Memoir
  • Crime
  • Comedy
  • Horror
  • Thriller
  • Your Choice – please specify



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Sian Brighal, has kindly agreed to act as judge of Microcosms 123.

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 (EST) 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 124
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