Microcosms 74

Hello, everyone! And welcome to Microcosms 74. Today, we’re continuing with our mythology series, courtesy of fellow writer Michael Emerson. Enjoy!

Just as Mythology has been humanities way of explaining the explainable the creatures of myth have been the physical representation of hope, life, death, marriage, and the often unforgiving elements. Fantastical, outlandish and often dripping in mythical meanings, the creatures of myth have warned us of treacherous passages and reminded us of the bonds we have with this world throughout the centuries.

This they still do today in our modern fantasy epics; they are the creatures that save our heroes; they are the monsters that go bump in the night; and they are, above all, the representation of magic, of something that we can’t explain, of the often wild forces that we pit our heroes against.



So, we’re looking at mythical creatures this week. Some of them might require a little research, but Michael has been kind enough to give us additional information for some of them. Let’s see what you come up with!



(If YOU have an idea for a future contest and would like to be guest host, please contact us.)


Our contest this week begins with THREE things: character, setting and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Griffin, setting: Agartha (city at the Earth’s core), and genre: Drama.

Write a story using those OR feel free to click on the “Spin!” button, and the slot machine will come up with a new set – you can keep clicking until you have a set of elements that inspires you.

*** HEY! Remember to include which THREE elements you’re using AND a title for your entry ***

  • Roc
  • Hippocampus
  • Jinn
  • Griffin
  • Hippalectryon
  • The Sphinx
  • Fenrir
  • Kappa
  • Dragon
  • Fenghuang (chinese form of a phoenix
  • Jiuwei Hu (a nine tailed fox)
  • Qilin
  • Unicorn
  • Yeti
  • Pegasus
  • Basilisk
  • Mt. Fuji
  • Arcadia (Greek utopia)
  • Agartha (city at the Earth’s core)
  • Atlantis
  • Camelot
  • Mount Olympus
  • Themiscyra
  • Thule
  • Paimpont forest
  • Crime
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Comedy
  • Memoir
  • Horror
  • Drama
  • Mystery/Noir
  • Poem
  • Science Fiction
  • Myth


Our judge this week is Microcosms 73 winner Bill Bibo. 🙂

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time (EDT) to submit.

*** If you are new to Microcosms, remember to check out the full submission guidelines. ***

All being well, results will be posted on Monday.

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