Microcosms 152

Feeling fit for a Friday flash fiction frolic? Welcome to Microcosms 152.


(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 


This week, we celebrate six women authors/screenwriters, the anniversary of whose birth occurs today – 07-DEC.

  • 1873 – Willa Cather, American novelist, short story writer, and poet: ‘One of Ours’ (1923 Pulitzer Prize winner)
  • 1915 – Leigh Brackett, American author and screenwriter: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ (1980)
  • 1932 – Rosemary Rogers, American journalist and author: ‘The Wildest Heart’ (1981)
  • 1943 – Susan Isaacs, American author and screenwriter; ‘Shining Through’ (1988)
  • 1947 – Anne Fine, English author: ‘Madame Doubtfire’ (1987)
  • 1979 – Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress and screenwriter: ‘Touhimu’ (2000)



(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:

Rebel; New Mexico; Tragedy

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.


  • Farm Boy
  • Rebel
  • Strong-willed Woman
  • Counter-Intelligence Agent
  • Out-of-work Actor
  • Emotionally-disturbed Girl
  • World War I France
  • Frozen Planet
  • New Mexico
  • WWII Berlin
  • Edinburgh
  • Japanese Suburb
  • Tragedy
  • Sci-Fi
  • Historical Romance
  • Action Drama
  • Comedy
  • Psychological Thriller



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Alysia Ascovani, has kindly agreed to act as the judge this time around.


All being well, results will be posted next Monday.

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