Microcosms 70

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! And welcome to Microcosms 70. 

Cinco de Mayo has become a fairly big holiday here in the US. Many people mistakenly believe that it is to commemorate Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on 16 September. Cinco de Mayo is actually the anniversary of the unlikely victory of the Mexican Army against French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

It has become a more important holiday in the US than it is in Mexico. We could speculate on the reasons why, but for many Americans, it has become a time to celebrate Mexican culture and, of course, drink alcohol.

Other parts of the world celebrate Cinco de Mayo, as well, most of which are “American-style” celebrations. However, Vancouver, Canada has a Cinco de Mayo skydiving event, and the Cayman Islands hosts an annual Cinco de Mayo Air Guitar Competition. Who knew?



(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: Dancer, setting: Parade, 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 ***

  • Soldier
  • Bar Patron
  • Bartender
  • Parade Participant
  • Battle Reenactor
  • Dancer
  • Chef
  • Competitor
  • Skydiver
  • Pub/Bar
  • 1800s Mexico
  • Battlefield
  • Parade
  • Stage
  • Festival
  • Air Guitar Competition
  • Airplane
  • Falling Through the Sky
  • Canada
  • The Caribbean
  • Crime
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Comedy
  • Memoir
  • Horror
  • Drama
  • Mystery/Noir
  • Poem
  • Science Fiction


Our judge this week is Microcosms 69 judge’s pick Kelly Griffiths. 🙂

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.

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