Microcosms 67

Hello and welcome to MC67. Another Friday, another Microcosms contest… another last minute trawl through Wikipedia’s list of people born on this date: 14 APRIL.

This week, we’re looking at thespian astral twins – actors born on the same day – and roles they have played.

1925 – Rod Steiger: Victor Ipolitovich Komarovsky (“Doctor Zhivago”: 1965)
1933 – Shani Wallis: Nancy (“Oliver!”: 1968)
1940 – Julie Christie: Bathsheba Everdine (“Far From the Madding Crowd”: 1967)
1958 – Peter Capaldi: The Doctor (“Doctor Who”: 2013 to present)
1961 – Robert Carlyle: ‘Franco’ Begbie (“Trainspotting”: 1996)
1973 – Adrien Brody: Władysław Szpilman (“The Pianist”: 2002)



(If YOU have an idea for a future contest and would like to be guest host, please contact us.)


Our contest this week begins with THREE things: character, setting and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Psychopath, setting: Victorian London, and genre: Horror.

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 inspires you.


*** HEY! Remember to include which THREE elements you’re using AND a title for your entry. ***


  • Russian Politician
  • Thief
  • Farmer
  • Galactic Adventurer
  • Psychopath
  • Pianist
  • Moscow
  • Victorian London
  • Rural Village
  • Time Machine
  • Urban Slum
  • Warsaw
  • Science Fiction
  • Crime
  • Romance
  • Horror
  • Memoir
  • Comedy


Judging this week is Microcosms 66 Judge’s Pick, the prolific Bill Engleson.

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

*** If you are new to Microcosms, remember to check out the full submission guidelines. ***

All being well, results will be posted on Monday.

Microcosms 68
Microcosms 66

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