Microcosms 159

Hello, Friday flash fictioneers, and welcome to Microcosms 159.


(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 day — 25-JAN — seems to be a good one on which to be born if you want to be a race car driver: Wikipedia lists eight, from 1901 to 1991.

However, once again, this week’s contest is based on notable ‘firsts’, this time occurring on 25-JAN.

  • 1890Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in 72 days, the first person to turn Jules Verne’s fiction into fact.
  • 1915Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco.
  • 1924 – the first Winter Olympic Games opens in Chamonix, in the French Alps.
  • 1949 – The first Emmy Awards are presented; the venue is the Hollywood Athletic Club.
  • 1961 – In Washington, D.C., President John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference.
  • 1964 – Blue Ribbon Sports is founded by University of Oregon track and field athletes, which would later become Nike.



(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:

Athlete; Train; Romance

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.


  • Journalist
  • Telephone Caller
  • Figure Skater
  • TV Personality
  • President
  • Athlete
  • Train
  • New York
  • Winter Olympics
  • Award Ceremony
  • News Conference
  • University
  • Reportage
  • Romance
  • Thriller
  • Crime
  • Comedy
  • Tragedy



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Geoff Le Pard, has kindly agreed to act as the judge this time around.


All being well, results will be posted next Monday.

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