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.
For Microcosms 8 we were were given character: maid setting: starry night genre: poem
and the picture was:
Don’t Come a Courting
Maid I be, but not for thee.
I yearn to travel; watch the miles unravel.
There’s more to see than mere embroidery.
Bred to be meek, but it’s adventure I seek.
The silk road and warriors in woad
Faraway isles and dragon’s smiles.
Starry nights and tavern fights.
No wish to stay, I must away.
For the Barbary coast, or hunting ghosts.
I’m no trophy wife, I want a life.
Inca gold, not the sheepfold.
Your proposal is sweet, but I spit at your feet.
Aegyptian tombs interest me more than your bedroom.
I sail at dawn. For me, don’t mourn.