Monday, May 12, 2008

Who is the greatest Tweeter, the Hemingway of our times?

New contest!

Using the Twitter limitation of 140 characters, write a book review. Can you sum up the essence of a good read in 140 characters? (Click here for great one-sentence stories.(

Here are the winners from the first contest, from first place on down:

“Time travel works!” the note read. “However you can only travel to the past and one-way.” I recognized my own handwriting and felt a chill.
Ron Gould
Tony was a snitch, so I wasn’t surprised when his torso turned up in the river. What did surprise me, though, was where they found his head.
Anthony Juliano
When Gibson hit that homerun in the fall of eighty-eight, my old man had never been so happy. He hugged me for the first time. I was eleven.
Thelonius Monk
Happily sobbing she held the boy, her memory of his violent conception falling away. She had learned to love him, this would be her revenge.
Melissa Pierce
The priest at the funeral home asked if she had been a loving mother. The children all stared at each other. The silence spoke volumes.

Here is the original post for the first contest:

Frequent users of Twitter sometimes find a new set of synapses developing somewhere in their brain, generating 140-character communications. I don’t mean every communication or every sentence needs to be exactly 140 characters long; it’s just a feeling for what will and won’t fit.

But, as a challenge: put up your clearest, finest or most moving thoughts conveyed in EXACTLY 140 characters (with any number of sentences). The best Twitter story wins an IPod Nano 4 GB in your choice of available colors; Copyblogger and other Twitteriffic judges do the deciding.

And, for language nerds out there, I would love to see your links to sites with similar examples, such as six-word stories, in the comments.

If you have never tried this before, give it a twirl and you’ll see it’s not too hard: each sentence in this post is exactly 140 characters! (Twitter is going down for two hours May 19, beginning midnight Pacific time; maintenance, maintenance, maintenance: when will it ever end?)

Read the rules and enter today.


  1. AnonymousMay 20, 2008

    This would be perfect for, it's a twitter like site just for fiction. If you want I can ask quillpill users to participate too.

    Yep, that was 140 characters! Once you start typing in 140 character chunks its difficult to stop. it helps in eliminating run-on sentences.