Microcosms 128

Felicitations, my flash-fiction friends, and welcome to Microcosms 128.



Pressing the [REPLY] button in order to leave a comment on an entry is not working properly: the comment will simply appear at the end of the post and not as a thread immediately below the entry.

KM has gamely been plugging away at the plug-ins in order to try to solve this problem; by the time you read this, it may have been solved. If not, read on…

** Workaround **

Until we can solve the problem permanently, you should “right-click” on the [REPLY] button, then click on “Copy link address”, paste that into the URL box at the top of the screen and then press the RETURN key. This will take you to the comment box, with the proper link to the comment to which you are replying.


I’ve been spending way too much time watching World Cup 2018  football/soccer matches, rooting for the underdogs against the top teams so that England have a better chance of progressing if — no, when! — they reach the knock-out stage; it’s been working out pretty well so far!

As a consequence, I’ve become very familiar with …

This week’s challenge is based on interpretations of the names of some of the players competing in the group stages:

  • Argentina: Enzo PÉREZ – Surname of a fictional Shetland Detective Inspector, created by crime writer Ann Cleeves
  • Belgium: Thomas MEUNIER – the French for ‘miller’
  • Brazil: GABRIEL Jesus – the angel who appeared to the Virgin Mary, foretelling the Immaculate Conception
  • England: Harry KANE – the focus of Orson Welles’ classic masterpiece
  • Peru: EDISON FLORES – An inventor… presented with Spanish flowers!
  • Tunisia: NAÏM SLITI – an anagram of LAMINITIS (inflammation of sensitive tissue in a horse’s hoof)



(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: Police Detective, Location: Windmill, 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.


  • Police Detective
  • Miller
  • Angel
  • Newspaper Magnate
  • Inventor
  • Veterinary Surgeon
  • Island
  • Windmill
  • Nazareth
  • Deathbed
  • Flower Shop
  • Stable
  • Comedy
  • Horror
  • Crime
  • Memoir
  • Sci-Fi
  • Fairy Tale



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Nicolette Stephens, 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 (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.

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