#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 are partnering to put on this year’s festival on Twitter.
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.
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.