Microcosms 136

Howdy, folks, and welcome to Microcosms 136. Y’all ready for some Friday flash fiction fun?

This week’s contest is based on thespians whose birthdays fall on this date (17-AUG):

  • 1893 – Mae West, American actress: ‘The Heat is On’ (1943)
  • 1920 – Maureen O’Hara, Irish-American actress: ‘The Quiet Man’ (1952)
  • 1943 – Robert De Niro, American actor: ‘The King of Comedy’ (1983)
  • 1949 – Julian Fellowes, English actor, director, screenwriter, and politician: ‘Monarch of the Glen’ (2000-2005)
  • 1951 –  Richard Hunt, Muppet performer: Scooter in ‘The Muppet Show’ (1976-1991)
  • 1960 – Sean Penn, American actor: ‘Dead Man Walking’ (1995)



(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: Fiery Redhead, Location: Highland Estate, 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.


  • Diva
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Stand-up Comedian
  • Scottish Laird
  • Gofer
  • Death Row Prisoner
  • Broadway Production
  • Rural Ireland
  • Talk Show
  • Highland Estate
  • Theatre
  • State Penitentiary
  • Thriller
  • Tragedy
  • Comedy
  • Horror
  • Fantasy
  • Crime



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Deanna Salser, 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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