Microcosms 106

Greetings, everyone, and welcome to Microcosms 106. As KM is indisposed, you have me running the show again this week; but the good news is that the Whirl-o-matic slot machine of story elements has been refurbished, and is ready to serve you throughout 2018.

This week’s contest concerns people who have shuffled off this mortal coil on 12-JAN:

1960 – Nevil Shute, English author  – “No Highway” (1948)

1976 – Agatha Christie, English crime novelist – creator of the amateur sleuth Miss Marple

2003 – Leopoldo Galtieri, Argentine general and politician who ordered the invasion of the Falkland Islands (1982)   

2014 – Alexandra Bastedo, UK actress, star of 1960s UK TV sci-fi espionage series “The Champions”

2017 – William Peter Blatty, US writer and filmmaker – “The Exorcist” (1973)

2017 – Graham Taylor, UK footballer – manager of the England football team (1990-93)



(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, location and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Holywood Actress, Location: South America, and genre: Drama.

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, location 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 (if you select [Your Choice], please specify exactly what your choice is) AND a title for your entry – not included in the word count.

  • Hollywood Actress
  • Amateur Detective
  • Dictator
  • Superhero
  • Exorcist
  • National Football/Soccer Manager
  • Passenger Plane
  • Rural Village
  • South America
  • Geneva
  • Washington DC
  • World Cup Qualifiers
  • Comedy
  • Horror
  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • Crime
  • Sci-Fi

Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Kelly Griffiths, has kindly agreed to act as judge this time round.


Let me reiterate: all submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have 24 hours until midnight, today (Friday) New York time (EST) to submit.

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

All being well, results will be posted next Monday.

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