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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Twitterzine Roundup

There are some new twitterzines. I've listed some below with a short description of what they publish (taken from the twitter bio and/or their web page info). They're shown starting with the most-recent start dates (approximately). The ones showcased are Nanoism (literary & genre), TweetTheMeat (horror), Escarp (poetry and prose), Outshine (optimistic, near future prose) and the granddaddy, Thaumatrope (genre fiction).

In addition, there is The Drabblecast, an audio fiction podcast for short stories "at the far side of the weird" but who also tweets stories that are exactly 100-characters in length once per week. Jake Freivald, FFO's editor-in-chief, has two audio podcasts there [drabblecast 97 and 102].

Nanoism
http://twitter.com/nanoism
@nanoism
Bio A new, paying twitterzine for thoughtful nanofiction.

Accepts all genres. However, we are most interested in literary fiction—stories that move us with their writing, stories that stay with us longer than the few seconds it takes to read them. Fret not, we do have a soft spot for science fiction, fantasy, and other genres, but we are looking for stories with staying power: stories that leave an impression disproportionate to their length. We’ll also take a look at prose poetry, so long as it contains elements of character, plot, and—most importantly—motion.

TweetTheMeat
http://twitter.com/tweetthemeat
@tweetthemeat
Bio: Twitter Horrorzine. Fear in 140 characters or less.

Horror/weird/speculative market that opened in May, 2009.)

Escarp
http://twitter.com/escarp
@escarp
Bio escarp is a selective, twitter-based review of brief poetry and prose. Visit escarp.org for guidelines.


Outshine
http://twitter.com/Outshine
@outshine
Bio: Twitterzine for optimistic, near future prose poems: flashforwards


Thaumatrope
http://twitter.com/thaumatrope
@thaumatrope
Bio Thaumatrope is a twitter fiction magazine for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror fiction under 140 characters


The Drabblecast
http://twitter.com/thedrabblecast
@TheDrabblecast
Stories of exactly 100-characters, "on the far side of the weird," weekly.


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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Audio Speculative Fiction Resource

SF Scope points out a new web site that informs writers of venues for audio podcasts for speculative fiction, since this is a rapidly growing market. Of course, spec fiction readers may find the resource useful, too. Here is the article. The resource is called the Audio Market List (AML) and is run by SF writer Kevin Anderson (not Kevin J. Anderson).

Bonus: I can't say I love the name, but here is a new twitter 'zine market: Tweet the Meat.

According to their submissions page:

Tweet the Meat is a Twitter-only, horror/weird/speculative market opening in May, 2009. No serials. No unfinished stories. You must scare us in 140 characters or less.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Twitter News: Worms and Twitterzines

On the positive side, Thaumatrope, a popular twitterzine has reopened for submissions:

We’re currently looking for stories for dates between September 14th and December 11th. We are also looking for serials for May through November.

On the negative side, the Twitter message service suffered some embarrassment [1 2] due to Easter weekend worms that sent unintended messages atwitter. Some of the comments on the first link are enlightening. All you had to do to become infected was to visit an infected user profile and you'd start spreading the infection. In theory, the problem has been patched.

For the geek-minded, the problem was poor coding practice that allowed URLs included in profile data to be displayed (non-escaped). Allegedly, the malicious new accounts that were the root of the infection were created by a rival service created by a 17-year-old.)

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Nano-Flash: Twitter Fiction

"Tell us a Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror story in under 140 characters. Other than that, we’re just looking for good stories," explains the submissions page for Thaumatrope, presumably the first spec-fic twitterzine. A twitterzine specializes in fiction that will fit in one twitter message: 140 characters, including spaces, about 24 words or so. They pay pro rates, 5-cents per word, so you'll earn $1.20 per accepted submission. Unfortunately, they only accept submissions via Federal Express...no, that was a joke. This should generate some good fun. I suggest they develop an online thesaurus of short words.

Category of this article: not anticipated by Nostradamus

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