Microcosms offers a character, a setting, a genre, but with a longer list you can pick from if their random number generator doesn’t tickle your fancy. There’s also an optional picture prompt too. It looks like the winners judge next week’s round, which will hopefully lessen the work for the administrators. It also seems that the judges pick out their favourite line from each piece, a nice way of making sure everyone feels loved.
Were were given character: magician setting: Old West genre: sci-fi
and the picture was:
Not from round these parts, are you?
“Turn ’round, Gringo. Nice and slow. Keep your hands still.”
Glikka licked its eyes in excitement. They mistook this form for human! How serendipitous! Pausing a moment to gain composure, there was a subliminal shimmer as some cilia responded early.
It was enough to raise doubts. The Mexican who had given the order blew through his fingers just so as they traced a rune in the air. On top of his sombrero adorned with sigils picked out in sequins, his familiar materialised.
Mr. Whiskers blinked. “Slap leather, boys!” he yowled around his cheroot and Glikka went down in a hail of lead.
This story was given an HM by all three judges. Wow! Nice job. 🙂
Comments from Jessica: An incredible amount of world-building for 100 words! Skillful writing means there’s enough detail signposting the reader through the story, but nothing is over-explained, making it a mysterious and delightful read.
Comments from Voima: Wild s-f imagery–“Glikka licked it’s eyes”.. from there it just get wilder and weirder.
This makes me especially happy, as I’ve admired the writing of both Voima Oy and dazmb for quite some time.