Microcosms 125

Greetings, everyone, and welcome to Microcosms 125. Apologies for the brief delay. My first time back in months, and I’m a little rusty with the time! Apologies for the lengthy absence, and HUGE thanks to Geoff for carrying the torch for so long. I had a prolonged illness but am doing so much better, now. And I’m thrilled to be back!

It’s been a while, and I thought I’d do a throwback to the old days and choose elements based on today in history. Most of the characters and settings you’ll see involve that.



(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: Activist, Location: Newsroom, and genre: Steampunk.

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.


  • News Reporter
  • Soldier
  • Activist
  • Accused Murderer
  • Miner
  • Educator
  • Actress
  • Newsroom
  • Battlefield
  • Prison
  • Courthouse
  • Mine
  • School
  • Film Set
  • Steampunk
  • Crime
  • Poetry
  • Memoir
  • Sci-Fi
  • Mystery



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Stephanie Cornelius, 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.

You have an extra 15 minutes because I goofed!

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

All being well, results will be posted next Monday.

Microcosms 126
Microcosms 124

26 comments for “Microcosms 125

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.