Twitter Fiction Festival call for entries closes Tuesday night

Now is the time to submit your ideas to the Twitter Fiction Festival. The call for entries closes at the end of Feb. 4. The festival itself will take place March 12-16.

The Twitter Fiction Festival is new -- so new that it's happened only once before. That first time out, it was planned but slightly chaotic, wide open to any kind of fiction-focused use of Twitter that writers might invent.


In 2014, there are two official organizers, the Assn. of American Publishers and Penguin Random House. And things are more structured, with three tiers of participation. There are 36 established authors officially participating, plus anyone who uses the hashtag #twitterfiction during the festival, and additional participants who will be selected by a panel of judges.

That's where the call for entries comes in. To be one of those participants, submit your pitch before Feb. 5. Anyone can submit -- you don't need to be a published author, or to have a lot of Twitter followers, or be writing in English.

The entries will be reviewed by an impressive list of publishing industry insiders from Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Grove Atlantic, Henry Holt, Grand Central Publishing and more. People who've made the first cut will be notified by Feb. 12; the final list will be posted March 5.

The already established writers who've been announced include Megan Abbott, Alexander McCall-Smith, Ben Percy, Ransom Riggs, Richard Kadrey, Emma Straub, Brad Meltzer, Julie Kagawa and Jim Gaffigan.

Previous Twitter fiction projects have included a story told through multiple accounts, parodies, stories told in 140-character bursts, poetry and more. This year, Vine posts will probably be included too. "We love fiction that uses Twitter functionality in the most creative way possible," they note.

Even if your idea isn't selected to be a Featured Storyteller, you can participate. Anyone can, simply by joining in March 12-16 with the #twitterfiction hashtag.


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