Microcosms 77

Welcome, welcome to Microcosms 77 – for a festival of Friday flash fiction fun. So, what’s the story?

For some time, I’ve been trying to take a break from celebrating births / deaths of famous people in my Microcosms contest posts. The best I came up with this week is a commemoration of notable events that occurred on this date, 23-JUN.

  • 1940: Adolf Hitler takes three-hour tour of Paris architecture, his only visit to the city.
  • 1969: IBM announces intention to price software and hardware services separately, creating modern software industry.
  • 1972:President Nixon and White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman taped talking about using CIA to obstruct FBI’s Watergate investigation.
  • 2012: Ashton Eaton breaks decathlon world record at US Olympic Trials.
  • 2013: Nik Wallenda becomes the first man to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope.
  • 2016: UK votes in referendum to leave European Union



(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: Day Tripper, setting: National Park, and genre: Thriller.

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 ***


  • Day Tripper
  • Software Engineer
  • US President
  • Athlete
  • Extreme Sports Person
  • Brexiteer
  • France
  • Silicon Valley
  • White House
  • Olympic Games
  • National Park
  • Polling Station
  • Crime
  • Horror
  • Fantasy
  • Memoir
  • Thriller
  • Comedy


Judging this week is Microcosms 76 Judge’s Pick AND Community Pick, Sian Brighal.

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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