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.

A Twitter noir

A Greek myth tweet

Then, in 2014...

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.


What’s Happening Now?

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 will invite authors from across the industry to create original fiction, using the Twitter platform.
  • Writers everywhere can also submit their own ideas once again for the chance to be featured in the author showcase.
  • As in previous years, anyone at anytime can jump in and join the fun by telling stories on Twitter using the #TwitterFiction hashtag.
  • Follow @TwFictionFest for updates on this year’s festival!

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.

2015 Featured Authors

2015 Festival Entry Judges

#TwitterFiction Festival 2015 Sponsors are: Twitter, Penguin Random House, Association of American Publishers and USA Today