Microcosms 151

Hi, flash fiction buddies, and welcome to Microcosms 151.


(1) You have just 24 hours until midnight, today (Friday) New York time (EST) to write and submit your masterpiece.
(2) All submissions must be no more than 300 words in length (excluding the title)
(4) Include: word count, the THREE elements you’re using AND a title for your entry
(5) Do NOT give details of your entry on social media, your blog, etc. until the Results post is live
(6) If you are new to Microcosms, PLEASE check out the full submission guidelines


Today — 30-NOV — is the anniversary of the worldwide release of Thriller in 1982, the sixth solo studio album from Michael Jackson. It went on to become the best-selling record album in history.

The album spawned seven singles:

  • The Girl Is Mine
  • Billie Jean
  • Beat It
  • Gotta Be Startin’ Somethin’
  • Human Nature
  • PYT (Pretty Young Thing)
  • Thriller



(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:

Love Rivals; Nightclub; Comedy

Write a story using those OR feel free to click on the “Spin!” button below, 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.


  • Love Rivals
  • Groupie
  • Street Gang Member
  • Gossip Columnist
  • Pleasure Seeker
  • Lounge Lizard
  • Zombie
  • Schoolyard
  • Stage Door
  • Los Angeles
  • Tabloid Newspaper Office
  • Night-time City
  • Nightclub
  • Graveyard
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Crime
  • Tragedy
  • Thriller
  • Romance
  • Horror



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Vicente L Ruiz, has kindly agreed to act as the judge this time around.


All being well, results will be posted next Monday.

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