Microcosms 133

It’s Friday again, my flash fiction friends — so it’s a warm welcome to Microcosms 133. Still no word from KM, so it’s me hosting again.

This week’s contest is based — quelle surprise! — on events and anniversaries of birthdays that occurred on this day (27-JUL).

  • 1890 – Artist Vincent van Gogh shot himself and died two days later.
  • 1944 – Birth of Bobbie Gentry, American singer-songwriter: “Ode to Billie Joe” (1967)
  • 1949 – Birth of Robert Rankin, English author/illustrator
  • 1950 – Birth of Simon Jones, English actor: Arthur Dent in the original radio production of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (1978)
  • 1958 – Birth of Christopher Dean, English figure skater and choreographer
  • 2016 – U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump publicly appealed to Russia to find and release private emails from Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton; a Special Counsel investigation (2017–present) later determined that Russian operatives began hacking into servers at the Democratic National Committee on that same day.



(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: Figure Skater, Location: Paris Suburb, and genre: Tragedy.

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.


  • Artist
  • Suicide
  • Sprout Fetishist
  • Hitchhiker/Abductee
  • Figure Skater
  • Presidential Candidate
  • Paris Suburb
  • Bridge
  • Brentford
  • Alien Spacecraft
  • Winter Olympics
  • Florida
  • Tragedy
  • Crime
  • Fantasy
  • SciFi
  • Memoir
  • Comedy



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Ted Young, indicated that he was willing to act as judge this time around. However, personal circumstances have led to his withdrawal at the last minute.

Fortunately, Harrietbelle has kindly agreed to take his place.


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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