Microcosms 10

March is National Women’s History Month. Woo hoo!

I thought we’d use famous women in history as our inspiration this week. To offer more flexibility, I decided to use what they are known for, rather than their proper names.

If you’d like to use the historical figures themselves, you can use this list of famous women in history that I referenced.

As usual, our contest will begin with three things: character, setting, and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are character: journalist, setting: the White House, and genre: horror.

It is not required, but you are challenged to make your main character a female.

Feel free to write a story using those or spin a new set of your own. Be sure to include which three elements you’re using.

  • warrior
  • queen
  • Native American princess
  • political leader
  • civil rights activist
  • suffragette
  • nurse
  • freedom fighter
  • writer
  • cowgirl/sharpshooter
  • chemist
  • painter
  • pilot
  • psychologist
  • nun
  • athlete
  • judge
  • explorer
  • journalist
  • celebrity
  • billionaire
  • teenage girl
  • factory worker
  • 15th Century France
  • deserted island
  • Britain
  • 15th Century Spain
  • wartime, any country
  • pre-Civil War USA
  • plane
  • laboratory
  • post-Civil War USA
  • concentration camp
  • courtroom
  • newsroom
  • TV studio
  • parliament/congress
  • the White House
  • at a desk
  • factory
  • horror
  • sci-fi
  • steam punk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem


Judging this week is yours truly, along with one of last week’s winners, Brian S Creek. 🙂

All submissions should be 100 words in length, give or take 10 words (90 – 110 words). You have until midnight, New York time to submit.

Winners will receive a copy of the Kindle version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin: With 66 Illustrations and a Free Online Audio File. Plus a History of Slavery (currently available in the US, the UK, Australia, and other territories), or a similarly priced book of their choosing; alternatively, winners may elect to have the monetary equivalent donated to World Reader or another literacy-related charity.

If you like, you may incorporate the following photo prompt (not required).

Photo by M. Marshall - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain

Photo by M. Marshall – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain

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