Microcosms 132

Welcome, flashionistas, to Microcosms 132.

This week’s contest is based on events and anniversaries that occurred on this day (20-JUL).

  • 1903 – The Ford Motor Company ships its first automobile
  • 1944 – World War II: Adolf Hitler survives an assassination attempt led by German Army Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg
  • 1947 – Birth of Carlos Santana, Mexican-American singer-songwriter and guitarist    
  • 1960 – Sirimavo Bandaranaike is elected Prime Minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka): the world’s first elected female head of government
  • 1969 – Apollo 11‘s crew successfully makes the first manned landing on the Moon
  • 2005 – Death of James Doohan, Canadian-American actor, famous as “Scotty” in ‘Star Trek’



(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: Assassin, Location: Woodstock, 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 AND a title for your entry – not included in the word count.


  • Automobile Assembler
  • Assassin
  • Rock Guitarist
  • Female Politician
  • Astronaut
  • Engineer
  • Factory
  • Wolf’s Lair
  • Woodstock
  • Island
  • Lunar Lander
  • Starship
  • Crime
  • Sci-Fi
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Romance



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Bill Engleson, 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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