Microcosms 119

Greetings, my flash fictioneering friends, and welcome to Microcosms 119.

This week’s contest is based on anniversaries occurring today (20-APR).

  • 270 years: birth of Georg Michael Telemann, German composer and multi-instrumentalist
  • 210 years: birth of Napoleon III, French politician, 1st President of France who died in exile in England and is buried at St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough, Hampshire
  • 100 years: Manfred von Richthofen, a.k.a. The Red Baron, shot down his 79th and 80th victims, his final victories before his death the following day, aged 25
  • 80 years: birth of Peter Snow, British historian and journalist, famous for his use of the BBC election night “swingometer”
  • 50 years: British Member of Parliament Enoch Powell made his controversial “Rivers of Blood” speech in opposition to immigration and anti-discrimination legislation
  • 10 years: American Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first woman to win an IndyCar auto race



(If YOU have an idea for a future contest and would like to be a 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: Racist, Location: TV Studio, and genre: Mystery.

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.


  • Composer/Musician
  • Emperor
  • Fighter Pilot
  • Election Analyst
  • Racist
  • Racing Driver
  • Hamburg
  • Abbey
  • WWI France
  • TV Studio
  • Birmingham
  • Japan
  • Fairy Tale
  • Comedy
  • Poetry
  • Memoir
  • Sci-Fi
  • Mystery

Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Kate Giffin, 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 (EST) 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.

Microcosms 120
Microcosms 118

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