Microcosms 75

Hello, you lovely people. Ready for another flash fiction workout? You’ve come to the right place – Microcosms 75.

09-JUN has seen many notable events over the years. Here are just a few:

  • 1667 – Second Anglo-Dutch War: The Raid on the Medway by the Dutch fleet begins, leading to the worst ever defeat of the Royal Navy.
  • 1856 – Five hundred Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa for the Mormon Trail.
  • 1928 – Charles Kingsford Smith completes the first trans-Pacific flight in a Fokker Trimotor monoplane, the Southern Cross.
  • 1930 – Chicago Tribune reporter, Jake Lingle, is killed at the Illinois Central train station, allegedly over a $100,000 gambling debt owed to Al Capone.
  • 1958 – Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London’s Gatwick Airport. 
  • 1968 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson declares a national day of mourning after Senator Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan in the kitchen of The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles



(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: Reporter, setting: Airport, and genre: Memoir.

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 ***


  • Naval Commander
  • Mormon
  • Aviator
  • Reporter
  • Monarch
  • Senator
  • River
  • Salt Lake Valley
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Railway Station
  • Airport
  • Kitchen
  • Crime
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Comedy
  • Memoir
  • Horror


Judging this week is Microcosms 74 Judge’s Pick, Alva Holland.

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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