Microcosms 134

Greetings, my flash fictioneering friends, and welcome to Microcosms 134.

This week’s contest springs from a very famous journey that began on this day (03-AUG), and other events celebrating an anniversary today that took place as a result.

  • 1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain
  • 1527 – John Rut sends the first-known letter from North America while at St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • 1852 – Harvard University wins the first Boat Race between Yale University and Harvard. The race is also the first American intercollegiate athletic event
  • 1859 – The American Dental Association is founded in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1936 – Jesse Owens wins the 100 metre dash, defeating Ralph Metcalfe, at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1946 – Santa Claus Land, the world’s first themed amusement park, opens in Santa Claus, Indiana, United States




(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: Benefactor, Location: New York, and genre: Alternate History.

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.


  • Explorer
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Rower
  • Dentist
  • Athlete
  • Benefactor
  • Spain
  • Newfoundland
  • College
  • New York
  • Berlin
  • Amusement Park
  • Tragedy
  • Crime
  • Horror
  • Fairy Tale
  • Comedy
  • Alternate History



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Arianna Hammond, 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.

Microcosms 135
Microcosms 133

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