#TwitterFiction Festival is about embracing, exploring,
and developing the art of storytelling on Twitter.
...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.
From March 12–16, 2014, the Association of American Publishers and Penguin Random House partnered to spearhead the second industry-wide #TwitterFiction Festival.
Over the course of five days, for twenty-four hours a day, a showcase of authors from across the industry crafted fiction on Twitter. Authors like Alexander McCall Smith, Jim Gaffigan, Emma Straub, Gabrielle Zevin, and so many others premiered original stories on Twitter.
An additional group of writers, who won placement by submitting their excellent ideas ahead of time, were showcased during the festival as well, wowing the Twitterverse with their creativity.
During the festival, we invited everyone else on Twitter to flex their own creative muscles by jumping in and telling stories with the hashtag #TwitterFiction.
By the end of the festival, we showcased 50 authors from 10 countries, and the tweets were seen by tens of millions worldwide.
From May 11-15, the Association of American Publishers and Penguin Random House will team up again to present the third industry-wide #TwitterFiction Festival.
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:
Creating an account that takes on the personality of a fictional, notable, historical, or other persona and Tweets from their point of view.
Elected mayor tonight. Sucked into a time vortex tomorrow. Might as well KICK THIS PARTY OFF RIGHT FUCKING NOW.— Rahm Emanuel (@MayorEmanuel) February 23, 2011
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.
Vine and visual Tweets give users an opportunity to integrate visuals with the creation of fiction.
The brevity of Tweets allows writers to play with the delineation between a short story vs. a poem.
People rarely look the way you expect them to, even when you’ve seen pictures.— New Yorker Fiction (@NYerFiction) May 25, 2012
Jennifer Egan crafted a mysterious and lyrical short story from The New Yorker’s fiction handle.
Creating fictional accounts to tell a story lends realness to a narrative.
Elliot Holt Tweeted simultaneously from three handles, as if they were party guests who witnessed a woman’s death.
Our authors include award-winners and #1 New York Times–bestselling writers from a wide variety of genres. Throughout the festival they’ll be tweeting fiction on Twitter alongside our 25 contest winners.