Microcosms 100

WOW! Microcosms 100! I can hardly believe it. Who knew we could make it this long? We wouldn’t be here without you fine folks, and I want you to know how much we appreciate everyone’s continued support and participation. It really means a lot.

I’ve been giving this lots of thought over the last few weeks.

My first idea was to center the post around the number “100”. I thought of centuries, money, the metric system, but not enough to make a whole post out of it.

It also turns out lots of interesting things also happened on 1 December in recent history… Ford started the assembly line in 1913 (more than 100 years ago!), Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955, and Michael Jackson’s album Thriller was released in 1982.

But I really wanted to do a throwback to Microcosms 1, wherein we paid homage to some of the contests that had come before us, the loss of which some of us are still recovering from (for those new to the game: Flash Friday by Rebekah Postupak, Three Line Thursdays by Grace Black, and Micro Bookends by David Borrowdale); after all, we wouldn’t be here without them, and what better way to see how far we’ve come? Oh, my! The days when we only had six options to choose from, and you could only write 100-word stories. Do you miss those days?

In the end, I decided, well, that I just couldn’t decide – so I decided to do them all! I’ve also included an alien because… why not? With that in mind, we’ll have a mixed bag of sorts today, which I’m just fine with because I think variety is one of the things that we do best here. 🙂

***Special challenge*** Create a story using only 100 words – just like it was for the first Microcosms! I can’t promise this will help you in any way, as I’m not judging. But it’s definitely a challenge to write in 100 words, so I hope you’ll try!

I’ve also included the “Your Choice” option once again. If you do use/choose the “Your Choice” option, please specify what it is that you’ve chosen.



(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: Person Named Rebekah, setting: Spaceship, and genre: Western. Hahahahahaha. Have fun!

Remember, if you do use/choose the “Your Choice” option, please specify what it is that you’ve chosen.

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 – character, setting and genre. 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 ***

  • Person Named David
  • Biologist
  • Person Named Rebekah
  • Dragon
  • Person Named Grace
  • Poet
  • Scientist
  • Banker
  • Civil Rights Leader
  • Factory Worker
  • Singer
  • Zombie
  • Werewolf
  • Alien
  • Your Choice!
  • Publishing House
  • Fishing Boat
  • Washington, DC
  • Cave
  • Rainy Day
  • Art Gallery
  • 2000s
  • 1900s
  • 1800s
  • 1700s
  • 1600s
  • 1500s
  • 1400s
  • Factory
  • Bus
  • Graveyard
  • Movie Theater
  • Spaceship
  • Your Choice!
  • Sci-Fi
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • Poetry
  • Horror
  • Memoir
  • Crime
  • Steampunk
  • Western
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Historical
  • Alternate History
  • Fairy Tale
  • Choose Your Own Adventure
  • Your Choice!


Judging this week is MC 99 winner, Nancy Chenier.

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