Microcosms 44

Welcome, one and all, to Microcosms 44. No guest host this week – you’re stuck with me. Your task, should you wish to accept it, is as follows:

Today is the centenary of the birth of a legend in US TV news reporting, a man who has been called the “King of Anchormen”, Walter Cronkite. To mark this occasion, our elements are based on aspects of our hero’s life and times.

As we slide inexorably towards the most divisive US Presidential election in decades, let’s celebrate someone they called “the most trusted man in America”.



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

We spun, and our three elements are character: Reporter, setting: Martha’s Vineyard, and genre: Crime.

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 – you can keep clicking until you have a set of elements that inspire you. Be sure to include which three elements you’re using.

  • Anchorman
  • Reporter
  • Sailor
  • Sports Car Racer
  • Voice Actor
  • Radio Ham
  • Newsroom
  • School of Journalism
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • 12 hours of Sebring
  • Radio,TV or Film Studio
  • Wildfire Disaster
  • Fairy Tale
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Drama


Judging this week is Microcosms 43 Community AND Judge’s Pick, Alva Holland.

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time to submit.

N.B. Until Sunday, New York is still in daylight-saving mode (EDT). In comparison, the UK is +4 hours, rather than the usual +5 hours. (Everyone else, Google it!)

(If you are new to Microcosms, check out the full submission guidelines.)

All being well, results will be posted on Monday.


If you like, you may use these image to inspire you – purely optional.


Jen Icklan (@jicklan | Twitter)

Jen Icklan (@jicklan) | Twitter


Bryce Newberry (@BryceTKN) | Twitter

Bryce Newberry (@BryceTKN) | Twitter

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