52nd #SatSunTails #Microfiction #Competition!


Today’s Picture Prompt

Today’s Word Prompt!

The following may be used as a sentence in your story OR provide a basis for it:-

doubtful vibrations

Read on for the rules!


  • You may enter as soon as this post appears.
  • Post entries in the comments – you may simultaneously display them on your personal blog etc but please show a link back to this competition post.
  • Stories must be 150 words – margin of 5 words either side – AND based on the picture and written prompts.
  • Entry titles do not count towards the word count.
  • Only one entry per entrant.
  • End each entry with word count and name/twitter handle – if you forget these REPLY TO YOUR OWN COMMENT with them before judging closes!
  • Monday 11am GMT is the usual closing time for entries – BUT the competition will be open until I put a ‘competition closed’ comment so you may be able to slip something in (because I’m extra kind like that). Got that?

If you do not comply with these rules your story will be disqualified from judging. Good spelling and grammar will also help to make a better impression on judge/s – the odd typo, however, will be overlooked so please don’t worry about that.

For tips, read through the critiques from last week’s entries.



There will be ONE OVERALL WINNER and THREE RUNNERS UP. After that there will be THREE CRITIQUES of three stories that didn’t make it.

– It would also be nice to those participating if you could promote your fellow competitors and those who win.


The Judge

This week’s judge is…


That’s right. This week it’s me. Sorry to disappoint, but if you are interested in being a judge then please send me an email on the address supplied on my contact page.

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The more people that hear about #SatSunTails, the more entries there are and the better the competition becomes!

So What Are You Waiting For?

Go on. Have a go!

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4 thoughts on “52nd #SatSunTails #Microfiction #Competition!”

    149 Words
    Rose @UndeadNether

    “Dwayne, Honey, I am thrilled that you’re the kind of father who adores his children and would do anything for them,” Ellen said gently.
    “But?” Dwayne said, recognizing the ‘there’s more coming’ look on his wife’s face.
    “But I would have to say that there were doubtful vibrations of sense coming from your brain when you agreed to let our daughter get goldfish and then bring home a new cat.”
    “Saveliy’s an easygoing cat, Ellen. He’s twelve years old, and he’s really smart. Just look how he’s studying those fish.”
    “Yes, he’s studying them the way Wimpy studies a hamburger. Sweetheart, unless you were planning on having a bowlful of ghost fish, I’d suggest perhaps letting Lisa and Gabriel take the fish.”
    “You think that your mutant daughter and my vampire son can take care of goldfish better than I can? I’m wondering if I should perhaps be insulted.”

  2. Getting Away

    “I’m really not sure I like this as a vacation spot, Morty. There’s not even a castle for us to sleep in. No, I’m really not sure this will do at all.”

    “Aww c’mon, Estelle. It’s exactly what we talked about ….some place off the usual aquarium vacation circuit. There’s no overcrowding, no feeding frenzies, none of that. We get to enjoy the simple basics…some gravel, a few plants and blissful peace and quiet.”

    “I dunno, Morty. If it’s such an idyllic spot then how come it was so cheap? There has to be something wrong with it if they were asking so little.”

    “Are you never happy Doris?”

    As the two continued their usual squabbling, Mittens carefully rose to inspect them, although it was doubtful vibrations from his paws would alert the bickering duo.

    He hoped they wouldn’t continue arguing for long. Anger always seemed to taint the flavor of these special imported treats.

    155 words @klingorengi

  3. "2012 and all that"
    by Dr. Mike Reddy (@doctormikereddy)
    [150 words]

    "Have the dream again?"

    "Yes. The Globe will end. If only I knew what the symbols were."

    "Shape them in the gravel again."

    "2. 0. 1. 2."

    "2012 and the Globe will be destroyed? The gravel. The plant. Everything?"

    "I don't know how, but I always see the flat face with two eyes together."

    "But the flat faces always precursor the mana from Guppy."

    "This flat face is different. Spiky scales. Not like the mana bringers."

    "Spiky scales?"

    "Yes, and the eyes are thin like fins, not like a mouth."

    "Let's consult the Oracle. The red glow may tell us what to do."

    "The Ora… Oh Guppy! Come here. Do you see that?"

    "The red glow. It's like your shapes. The 2s, the 0 and the 1 are there."


    "Damn! Poor fish. When did the cat get in?"

    "Judging from the broken clock, just after 8pm. Yep. 12 minutes past."

  4. Henry rested his front paws on the coffee table, and stared at the goldfish in their goldfish bowl. That’s all he could do. His pet human had been too careful with the fish. The bowl was acrylic, and Henry couldn’t even scratch it, let alone break it. Even worse, two gleaming silver bolts bound the bowl and table together. Henry couldn’t move the bowl. He’d earned a monster headache for having tried. There was even an acrylic grid over the opening at the top. Henry’d spent hours trying to get through it, resulting in two very short, painful claws on his left paw, and a few scrapes on his gums.

    As he watched the goldfish swim around, oblivious to his presence, his purr gradually filled with doubtful vibrations, as he pondered the concept of abandoning his current human pet and seeking out a less intelligent, more easily trained replacement.

    149 Words

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