Microcosms 135

Greetings, flashionistas. Are you ready for more Friday flash fiction fun? Then, welcome to Microcosms 135.

I’ve written in the past about my addiction to tsundoku – buying books and piling them up unread. To address this problem, my New Year’s resolution was to read 50 books during 2018. So far, I’m still on schedule, more or less, to achieve this.

To celebrate, this week’s contest is based on the last six novels I have read.

  • ‘The Iron Horse’ – Edward Marston (2007)
  • ‘The Orchard on Fire’ – Shena Mackay (1995)
  • ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ – Tracy Chevalier (1999)
  • ‘Public Battles, Private Lives’ – Laura Wilkinson (2014)
  • ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ – John Green (2012)
  • ‘Whistling for the Elephants’ – Sandi Toksvig (1995)



(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: Schoolgirl, Location: Support Group, and genre: YA.

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.


  • Detective
  • Schoolgirl
  • Housemaid
  • Miner’s Wife
  • Teenage Cancer Sufferer
  • Dog Catcher
  • Epsom Derby
  • Tea Room
  • Netherlands Town House
  • Yorkshire
  • Support Group
  • Small-town America
  • Mystery
  • Coming of Age
  • Historical
  • Romance
  • YA
  • Humour



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Brady Koch, is unable to take up the judge’s mantle. However, last week’s Community Pick, Mileva Anastasiadou, 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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