Twitter is where the world tells its stories
all day, every day.

#TwitterFiction Festival is about embracing, exploring,
and developing the art of storytelling on Twitter.

The first #TwitterFiction Festival in 2012...

...was a five-day virtual writing celebration held entirely on Twitter.

Authors and everyday people from around the world submitted their fiction ideas.

Official participants were selected by a panel of judges from across the publishing industry.

Storytellers created characters, crowdsourced plots, used imagery to convey narrative, and crafted multiple handles to weave together tales in real-time.

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What's Happening Now?

From March 12-16, 2014, the Association of American Publishers and Penguin Random House are partnering to put on this year’s festival on Twitter.

  • A showcase of authors from across the industry will be crafting fiction on Twitter.
  • We invited everyone to submit their fiction ideas for the chance to be featured in a showcase alongside these amazing authors.
  • During the festival, anyone is invited to jump in and tell stories with the hashtag #TwitterFiction.

Our goal? We're bringing fiction to life with Twitter.

Examples of #twitterfiction

We love fiction that uses Twitter functionality in the most creative way possible.
That means perhaps something more than just tweeting out a narrative line-by-line.

Here's a few awesome ways to create fiction on Twitter:

Parody Accounts

Creating an account that takes on the personality of a fictional, notable, historical, or other persona and Tweets from their point of view.

Dan Sinker created a hilarious, foul-mouthed account, Tweeting as Rahm Emanuel.


Twitter allows users to reply to and Retweet content. Writers can take advantage of that functionality in the creation of collaborative fiction.

Jennifer posted images of mysterious gravestones and crowdsourced fictional epitaphs.


Vine and visual Tweets give users an opportunity to integrate visuals with the creation of fiction.

Elan Gale created an elaborate fiction of a “note war” on his Thanksgiving Day flight home.


The brevity of Tweets allows writers to play with the delineation between a short story vs. a poem.

Jennifer Egan crafted a mysterious and lyrical short story from The New Yorker’s fiction handle.

Multiple Characters/Handles

Creating fictional accounts to tell a story lends realness to a narrative.

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Elliot Holt Tweeted simultaneously from three handles, as if they were party guests who witnessed a woman’s death.

Featured Authors

Festival Entry Judges

See Full Judge List

Our judges are a carefully selected group of publishing professionals—editors, marketers and more from all sides of the industry.

They’ll be selecting the official participants based on creativity, unique use of Twitter functionality, and writing talent.

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