Microcosms 115

Hello again, flashionistas; welcome to Microcosms 115.

PLEASE NOTE: As mentioned last week, New York has moved over to daylight-saving time (EDT) – clocks have gone forward one hour. This means that, here in the UK, the contest is due to open at 04:00 am today (FRIDAY), rather than the usual 05:00 am, and, consequently, closes an hour earlier at 04:00 am SATURDAY. British Summer Time (BST) comes into play this Sunday (25-MAR), so the customary differential will resume only with Microcosms 116 (30-MAY). [ Other time zones are available. 😉 ]

This week’s contest is based on anniversaries celebrated on this day – 23-MAR.


1857 – Elisha Otis‘ first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway New York City



1931 Roger Bannister, English runner, neurologist and academic

1952 – Rex Tillerson, American businessman, engineer, US Secretary of State



1842 – Stendhal, French novelist – ‘The Charterhouse of Parma’ (1839)

1964 – Peter Lorre, American actor – ‘M’ (1931)

1990 – John Dexter, English director – ‘The Virgin Soldiers’ (1969)



(PLEASE READ THIS TOO: If YOU have a theme for a future contest and you can come up with a preamble — a BRIEF introduction to what it’s all about — and a list of related elements (six characters and six locations*), please contact us.)

[ * You may also specify the six genres too, if you wish – or leave it to the Microcosms management team to supply these. ]


Our contest this week begins with THREE things: character, location and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Sprinter, Location: Berlin, and genre: Comedy.

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 AND a title for your entry – not included in the word count.


  • Secretary
  • Sprinter
  • Diplomat
  • Italian Nobleman
  • Serial Killer
  • Conscript
  • Elevator
  • Stadium
  • Washington DC
  • Battle of Waterloo
  • Berlin
  • Singapore
  • Romance
  • Drama
  • Farce
  • History
  • Thriller
  • Comedy

Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Thom Connors, has kindly agreed to act as the judge this time around.


REMEMBER: all submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length (excluding the title).

You have just 24 hours until midnight, today (Friday) New York time (EDT) to write and submit your masterpiece.

*** 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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