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 Microcosm 9 we were were given character:
cat, dragon setting: under the sea, genre: romance fantasy. I picked some different ones this week.
and the picture was:
Far below the ocean waves is the demense of Phương Ngọc the water dragon. Deep in slumber she lies, on a bed of sunken pirate gold.
Long may she rest! For it is foretold that when Phương Ngọc awakens she will fly up to Heaven, taking her handmaidens the stormclouds with her. Rain will become a thing of the past. Parched, the very Earth itself will crack in twain, for our tears shall not be enough to slake its thirst.
And that is why my darling we burn sweet smelling incense on the second Tuesday each month, to placate her so her dreams are untroubled.