Mythic Picnic Q&A

The Mythic Picnic Tweet-Story Project, or MPTSP, asks authors to post a micro on Twitter in no more than three, threaded posts.

With that, you’re entered in a stellar competition, eligible to win $50, and can follow the hashtag for exquisite, tiny stories.

I sent MPTSP founder Mark Finnemore a few questions about the project. Read on, and submit your own story (writers, comic creators, filmmakers welcome)!

 Tell me about Mythic Picnic. How did you get started? 

I had thoughts of starting a magazine years ago, back before Twitter, but I was writing stories and then writing novels and then querying a novel and I just never got around to it. Then a couple friends convinced me that I should be on Twitter — one co-worker who thought I was funny and one writing friend who heard you needed a social media platform to get a novel published — so I came to Twitter back in 2013 with the intention of using it as a writing platform. I soon fell into jokey Twitter and spent a few years there, which was fun, but I still wanted more out of it than just jokes. I eventually decided to combine my Twitter addiction and my literary addiction into a “twitterary” magazine. 

I’ve found so many great writers and artists and poets and comics makers (and people!) who I might never have found out about if not for Twitter and the MPTSP. The hope is that they also find each other, find new readers for their work, new people to read and people to collaborate on projects with, and hopefully some new friends too.

Mark

How important is it for you that the competition happens on social media? It seems like it creates a feeling of community and camaraderie between writers and readers. 

I’ve found so many great writers and artists and poets and comics makers (and people!) who I might never have found out about if not for Twitter and the MPTSP. The hope is that they also find each other, find new readers for their work, new people to read and people to collaborate on projects with, and hopefully some new friends too. So, yes, the social media aspect is very important to it all, I think.

Are you a writer? What are some of the online writing communities and competitions that you participate in?

I jokingly refer to myself as a “wroter” instead of a writer. I used to write and have had stories published in the past, but I haven’t written much but tweets since I joined Twitter and took a break from querying my novel after three full requests that ultimately ended in “no thanks.” But I do have a tiny 100-word story in issue 21 of Emerge Literary Journal (which is about two tweets in length btw!), and I might one day go back to that novel, maybe even stories again. For now I get so much more satisfaction trying to help other writers who have more talent and tenacity than I do. 

What are one or two things that you wish people would not do when they send you a Mythic Picnic entry? 

There’s really nothing that I can think of regarding what I wish people wouldn’t do, but what I wish they would do is submit some entries to the MPTSP! You too, Kristina!

What’s some advice you’d give to someone who has never submitted before? 

Do it! And I’d love if they’d take a look at the prior volumes (find them all threaded here), not only for examples but to find new people to read and follow on Twitter. And if you check the hashtag #MythicPicnictweetstory and tap the “latest” tab, you can also follow along with what’s coming in. And if you have questions you can ask me. Also, you can do one entry in each category, so do them all!

Is there anything else you’d like writers to know about Mythic Picnic?

We couldn’t do this without all the great writers and poets and artists on Twitter and by we I’d also like them to know that none of this could be done without the MPTSP V8 masthead — @_MLopesdaSilva @DeMistyB @JeffChon @kamuleosaurus @erichwithach and @BarlowAdams — so give them all a look next time you’re on Twitter, and then get your tweet-stories in by March 6th for a chance at $50 and twitterary fame and fortune! Or $50 anyway…. Hope to see you all there!

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