Microcosms 76

Hi all! Welcome to Microcosms 76!

First, my most sincerest of apologies. I had a very long day at work and was completely exhausted. Sat down on the couch for “just a moment” and, next thing I know, it’s morning. So, I’m really sorry. I hope I didn’t let anyone down and that you’ll still have time to join us.

Today’s contest will run from 12 p.m. EST Friday to 12 p.m. EST Saturday.

That being said, pay no attention to the timer over yonder. –>

Okay, let’s get started!


We wanted to continue on with our bi-weekly theme of myths and stories. For the next couple of even-numbered Microcosms, we’ll be doing a mini world tour of sorts.

Our first stop is the Middle East. This week’s theme has been inspired by 1,001 (Arabian) Nights (some of these stories actually come from south Asia). The title comes from the story of Scheherazade, who tells a story every night – but doesn’t finish it, in order to save her life.

I actually love this book. Interestingly, though, some of its most famous stories were not originally part of the original Arabic collection but were added later by European translators.

So, whether you take us for a ride on a magic carpet, whisk us away to a den of thieves, or give us a genie to grant our every wish (or do something completely different), let’s see what you’ve got!

For inspiration, check out The Culture Trip’s summary of what they consider to be “the 10 greatest stories from 1,001 Nights.


(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: Poet, setting: Cave, and genre: Crime.

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 ***


  • Jealous King
  • Clever Bride
  • Storyteller
  • Sorcerer
  • A Homeless Youth
  • Genie/Jinni/Djinni
  • Murderer
  • Ill Wife
  • Fisherman
  • Slave
  • Investigator
  • Caliph
  • Adviser
  • Vizier
  • Sultan
  • Thief/Thieves
  • Sailor
  • Poet
  • Lover(s)
  • Executioner
  • Cave
  • Den (of Thieves)
  • On a Magic Carpet
  • Ship or Open Sea
  • Castle
  • Turkey
  • China
  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • River
  • Crime
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Comedy
  • Memoir
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Poem


Judging this week is Microcosms 75 Judge’s Pick, John Herbert.

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until 12 p.m., New York time (EDT) Saturday 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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