Short and Tweet Contest

Short stories have been a popular genre for thousands of years, perfected by the likes of Aesop, Chekhov, Hemingway, and Carver.  Sure, these guys did it best, but we’ve all become masters of conversational brevity with the rising popularity of texting and social networks like Twitter and Facebook status updates that force us to communicate the essence of our lives in micro-nuggets of information. But can we take our Twitter-fied communication skills and apply them to the art of storytelling? Let’s try!

We want you to tell us a story. This Thursday, April 2, between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. E.S.T., leave us a story on ModCloth’s Twitter page.  To enter the contest, tweet @ ModCloth with hash tag ‘modstory.’ That means your entry should look like this (albeit, far better):

@ModCloth#modstory I wrote the greatest story for ModCloth’s ‘Short and Tweet’ Contest and I won!

Try to include the five elements of a story: character, setting, conflict, plot, and theme. Enthrall us from the hook to the climax to the conclusion, please. But make it quick! We have short attention spans!

For inspiration, read what’s arguably the most famous example of flash fiction, the six-word story allegedly written by Hemingway (For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn), or check out the user-generated collection of short stories on One Sentence Blog.

The winner will receive a Literary Prize Pack, including Pen n Pals Set with Giraffe, Owl Librarian Bookmarks, Toftrees Tote, and Mad Scientist Eyeglasses.

So, get out your pencil (maybe one of those tiny ones they give you at mini golf or the bowling alley) and get writing! Remember, the contest is this Thursday, April 2! Stories posted before or after this date will not be accepted. Good luck!

Updated Contest Rules:

Sorry, guys and girls. For this contest, one entry (that means one tweet!) per person, please.

Semicolons are permitted, if used correctly.

There is no designated theme to the contest.

For more information, read ModCloth’s Official Contest Rules.

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    Sara 03/30/2009 at 2:04 pm #

    @Modcloth#modstory Everything highlighted in red – the tops of ears, cheeks, nose, lips, all tinged as if it were sunup, though it’s just now noon.

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    Alicia 03/30/2009 at 2:10 pm #

    Hey guys,

    Do not reply to this post! All entries should go to our Twitter page and only this Thursday! Thanks! 🙂

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    Emma MD 03/30/2009 at 3:21 pm #

    Can we submit more than one?

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    taylor 03/30/2009 at 5:05 pm #

    What if we don’t have a Twitter, but we really want to do the contest???

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    Tran 03/30/2009 at 7:47 pm #

    Hi, is there a limit on the number of words we can use for our one-liner? Thanks!

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    Peter 03/31/2009 at 1:47 am #

    12:01AM in what time zone?

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    Isabelle 03/31/2009 at 4:32 am #

    Taylor! Sign Up for Twitter then. I did!

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    Isabelle 03/31/2009 at 4:35 am #

    By the way, what time are you going by? I’m from Australia therefore I have no idea, I think it will be on friday that I have to do it? I want to be sure

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    Lindsay 03/31/2009 at 12:32 pm #

    It’s Eastern Standard Time – and it’s super easy to sign up for Twitter! Go to to check it out!

    I’m not sure about the letter limit – I’m sorry.

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    Alicia 03/31/2009 at 3:33 pm #

    Twitter allows you 140 characters per tweet, but because you have to preface all entries with “@modcloth#modstory” you’re limited to only 121 characters! Zoinks!

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    Tran 04/01/2009 at 3:00 pm #

    Are hyphens permitted? Thanks!

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    Anna 04/01/2009 at 5:10 pm #

    Can you see my tweet if my settings are set to private?

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    Jessie 04/02/2009 at 12:30 pm #

    When can we expect the winner to be announced? I’m excited to see what everyone comes up with 😀

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    Alicia F 04/02/2009 at 1:00 pm #

    I made a Twitter just for you guys. :B
    Good luck everyone!! This is a really neat contest.

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    Maggie 04/02/2009 at 2:40 pm #

    The winner will be announced next Thursday, April 9.

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    Acacia 04/02/2009 at 2:58 pm #

    Did my Tweet go through properly?

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    Mercedi Surface 04/02/2009 at 3:22 pm #

    Twitter cut off part of my tweet story! I only had 118 characters. Not sure why this happened. Can I retry?

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    Haley Faye 04/02/2009 at 4:59 pm #

    What happens to the entries that are more than one sentence?

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    Krista 04/02/2009 at 5:00 pm #

    you should put them up somewhere so we can see them all! that would be fun!

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    Taylor 04/02/2009 at 6:24 pm #

    When and how will you announce the winner of the contest?


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    Taylor 04/02/2009 at 6:25 pm #

    just kidding I read through the comments and saw its april 9th.

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    Ginny 04/02/2009 at 7:15 pm #

    Twitter confuses me! D: I dont know where to post my story!

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    Carla 04/02/2009 at 8:23 pm #

    i’m confused with twiter. idk if i did it right.

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    roobierax 04/03/2009 at 5:41 pm #

    i was wonderinf if you guys got my tweet? twitter is VERY confusing! it kept showing on my page…but not on modcloths!


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