Welcome back to Micro Bookends. After last week’s tricky bookends (PRIDE [micro] PREJUDICE), I’ve made sure this week’s are a little simpler. First an announcement:
I have in my hand one golden ticket for inclusion in the 2nd FlashDogs Anthology. This ticket will be up for grabs in NEXT WEEK’S contest. More details in this week’s results post on Sunday. Right, back to today’s business:
The Emperor’s New Clothes is a short story by Danish writer, Hans Christian Andersen. It tells the story of a vain emperor who is tricked by two weavers who promise him a suit of clothes so splendid it is invisible to anyone who was unfit for his office, or who was unusually stupid. Not wanting to appear stupid or unfit, the emperor and his ministers all claim they can see the non-existent clothes. It is only when the emperor is parading through the town that a child speaks the words, “but he hasn’t got anything on.” The emperor’s new clothes is today used as a idiom for situations where a majority of the group privately reject a norm, but incorrectly assume that most others accept it, and therefore go along with it.
Hans Christian Andersen was born on this day in 1805. He wrote many fairy tales that are still popular with children and adults today, including The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, The Ugly Duckling, and The Nightingale. Andersen was born in humble surroundings and was sent to a school for poor children where he received a rudimentary education. After finding success, in 1847 Anderson met one of his literary heroes, Charles Dickens. The two formed a friendship that was terminated by Dickens after Andersen extended a brief visit to Dickens’ house to a five-week stay, much to the distress of Dickens’ family. One thing the two literary greats had in common was their exploration of the plight of the poor, especially children.
Let’s celebrate Hans Christian Andersen’s contributions to literature with this week’s photo prompt:
Judging this week’s contest is me!
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with NEW and ending with CLOTHES and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!
Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation is allowed) will be eligible to win.