The Mod of Twitter Fiction

The Twitter novel, falling under a category coined “Twitterature,” is a modern phenomenon in which authors publish their stories in increments of 140 characters at a time to eventually form a full narrative that online viewers can easily access for free right in the palms of their hands. It is important to note that Twitterature as a whole does not limit itself to novels, but to all kinds of writing including poetry and aphorisms. Some writers choose to work collaboratively while others release their work on an individual basis.

Twitterature takes an innovative stance on both the publishing world and the digital community, with writers releasing original content on a platform that is accessible to all. Twitter fiction has become especially prominent, with award-winning authors—including Pulitzer Prize winners—taking part in this inventive and groundbreaking format. Founded in 2009, the Twitter Fiction Festival promotes Twitter fiction from a multitude of established authors every year. There are several magazines devoted to Twitter fiction, such as Outshine and Nanoism, which give authors even more exposure and readers an opportunity to compartmentalize their content.

Twitter novels can be published over the course of months with one or two tweets a day being released from the author. This allows for the literary technique of using a cliffhanger to precede the text being released. The concept of releasing stories in increments is not new; serialization of literature began as early as the seventeenth century due to the prominence of moveable type. Books were a great expense to produce during this period, so to reduce costs and expand readership, publishers produced larger works in small installments called fascicles—considerably the formative version of the Twitter novel. Charles Dickens is a prominent author who wrote serialized fiction such as his renowned and infamous novel Great Expectations, which was released in parts in the literary magazine All the Year Round from December 1860 to August 1861. Great Expectations remains a vital literary classic to this day despite its initial periodic publishing format.

Examples of Twitter fiction span far and wide. Released by Sceptre Books, an acclaimed work of fiction entitled The Right Sort was released by author David Mitchell in 2014. The story combines compelling elements of psychologically thrilling content with magical realism. Jennifer Egan’s Black Box was released on the New Yorker‘s Twitter feed in 2012 as a work of science fiction which rose to high critical acclaim.

Titles such as these prove that literature is boundless in its reach. Twitter fiction has brought on a new way for the public to connect with literature on their own terms, at their own pace, and by their own means of discovery.

The Practice of Publishing Poetry Online

For the canonical and determined poet, publishing work can be an arduous and difficult undertaking. Due to the extensively competitive and fastidious nature of the poetry trade, publication stands as a recherché and illustrious accomplishment. As we live in a thriving technical era, online literary magazines, collections, catalogs, and idiosyncratic publications are becoming more and more relevant. Writers are able to submit work facilely and capriciously with the simple click of a button due to the accessibility of online publications. Moreover, writers are able to amply discover multitudes of internet literary publishers simply by searching the web, making the chances for their work to be seen exponentially higher than if they were limited to less practicable resources. Each literary journal or magazine accepts different mediums for their expositions. Contenders can submit artwork, fiction, nonfiction, essays, articles, and poetry depending on the decretum of the website they are submitting their work to.

For poetry, there are numerous possibilities to gain exposure, although the ultimate triumph of publication in an estimable collection remains a unique prize attained by a select few. Many online publishers accept a variety of literary content, but poets also have the opportunity to be a part of a compilation dedicated exclusively to poetry, which can be the more appealing option to those determinate and enraptured exclusively in the enterprise of poetry.

While there are a multitude of active online publications, many only accept submissions during particular times of the year, sometimes limited to only a month or two annually. Furthermore, publications determine limits on how many pieces an applicant is allowed to submit, limiting the poet even more in their chances of publication. Typical journals accept between three and five single-page poems total for each author to submit. Sometimes a small fee must also be paid in order to submit work. Conditions such as these are a definitive part of the online publication process, so while there may be a copious amount of magazines and journals publishing poetry, the opportunity to submit in the first place may be hard to come by. Many websites only release their publications once a year, so timing is an eminent part of the process. After submitting poetry, it typically takes up to six months to receive a response from the publication one submits to.

While online journals and magazines have made it easier for poets to gain exposure and release their work, the process can be quite daunting and trying. The most viable way to get a poem published is to be fervent and proactive, regularly researching and discovering viable publications at the right time.

You may be asking yourself, “Where do I start?” Here are a few examples of meritorious and innovative online poetry journals:

  1. The Shallow Ends
  2. Cotton Xenomorph
  3. Collective Unrest