Twitter just announced that it’s holding an online fiction festival that will run from November 28 to December 2. The announcement is being made on-stage at the New York Public Library, where Twitter’s Andrew Fitzgerald is on-stage with the New Yorker’s fiction editor Deborah Treisman, and there are now details on the Twitter blog.
The company says it will be looking for “creative experiments in storytelling from authors around the world.” That might include “short story in Tweets, a Twitter chat, live-tweeting,” or something entirely new.
If you’re having a hard time imagining what fiction looks like on Twitter, or if you just think it’s a horrible idea, recall that the New Yorker actually experimented with this back in May, when it tweeted Jennifer Egan’s story “Black Box”. (The company blog post has a few other examples of how authors have used Twitter.)
According to a blog post from serialized fiction startup Plympton (which will be participating in the festival), between 12 and 20 authors will be selected.
If you’re interested in participating, you can apply here.
(Post updated from original story with details from Twitter.)