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This month of Nanoism is brought to you by Derek Dexheimer (@dex3703) with four stories appearing on Wednesdays.

July is our third author spotlight month and features four stories by Daniel Galef (@DanielGalef).

It’s been so long that we temporarily forgot: Nanoism is now over 7 years old (which is approaching infinity in internet years). Thanks as always for reading and submitting!

Our second author spotlight month features Sean Vivier, showcasing four fine tiny tales appearing weekly on Wednesdays.

This December marks Nanoism’s first author spotlight since its inception over six years ago. Every week this month, we’re featuring a story by the same author: one of our very favorites, R. Gatwood (@iwantanewhead). Enjoy!

I started this site as a venue for thoughtful Twitter fiction in March of 2009, which means that Nanoism is now over 6 years old.

At the time of its founding, it was the first non-genre publication for Twitter fiction, as well as the first of its variety to pay its authors (@thaumatrope, now defunct, was the original pioneer). With 6 years and over 600 stories in its archives, @Nanoism remains the longest continuously running site/account of its kind. Thank you for reading.

There’s a new very short story anthology coming out later this year. It’s called Best Small Fictions, and this year it’s edited by Tara L. Masih and Pulitzer-prize winning author Robert Olen Butler(!). Pretty neat.

The five nominations from last year’s Nanoism lineup (in order of publication):

As an editor, I’ve often been remiss in my efforts to promote the wonderful writing I receive in my inbox every day for anthologies, awards, etc. While one of our tiny tales making it all the way for Best of the Web etc will always be an uphill climb due to their (very) brief nature, I want to thank the thousands of authors who have submitted and the hundreds of authors I’ve published for their writing. It’s an honor and pleasure to read and present your work.

Five years ago, we created @nanoism to be the very first paying publication for literary Twitter fiction, celebrating the very best stories that fit in the cracks of your day. Five years later and Nanoism remains the longest continuously running magazine dedicated to #TwitterFiction of all time. We’ve published nearly six hundred stories from over four hundred writers and inspired people across the world to think big but write small.

Well that sounds a bit over the top, doesn’t it?

Really, we just appreciate a good story and love to celebrate it in the world’s favorite tiny format. In honor of our five-year anniversary and this year’s #TwitterFiction festival, we’re doing a contest. It’s simple:

  • You send us one story of up to 140 characters (of course) by April 1st at 11:59 PM to contest@nanoism.net.
  • No titles, please. We don’t publish them. The whole thing must fit in one tweet.
  • We don’t want bios or cover letters or anything extra. We’ll get that from you later if we need it.
  • You don’t pay us anything. You do spread the word and tell your friends.
  • We anonymize the submissions and then pick our very favorite.
  • The winner gets $100.
  • Yes, that’s almost a dollar per character.

Here’s the bonus kicker: We’re finally doing the Nanoism anthology we’ve always promised. Not only is every contest entry eligible for publication on our site and Twitter feed, but the very best will included in our ultimate compilation of teeny-tiny stories.

So send us something you love.

We accepted themed submissions during the very first official #twitterfiction festival, and it resulted in our first daily publication schedule in Nanoism’s almost four year history. Here were our selections:

Wednesday: the classics, revisited

  • 516 by Sean Vivier
  • 517 by Mari Ness

Thursday: generations

  • 518 by Christopher Hivner

Friday: legen—wait for it—dary

  • 519 by Cheryl Chancellor

Saturday: the practical and mundane

  • 520 by Leann Orris

Sunday: an alternate present

  • 521 by Matan White

Now, back to our usual routine for promoting itty-bitty stories week in and week out.

We’ve been at this a while. Over 3.5 years in fact (a lifetime in internet years). So if people are going to be writing and talking about Twitter Fiction, you can bet your tweets that we’ll be publishing right alongside ’em. There’s a five day festival going on, and we’ll be publishing a brand new piece every day in a daily contest.

For the festival, our submissions process has changed. Unlimited submissions, every day. Send as many as you want, as long they are inspired (loosely) by these daily themes:

Wednesday:  the classics, revisited
Thursday: generations
Friday: legen—wait for it—dary
Saturday: the practical and mundane
Sunday: an alternate present

Send your pieces to editor@nanoism.net. Try to leave room for the story to end with “#twitterfiction” and don’t forget your third-person bio. All submissions will be considered for regular publication (naturally). Each winner will be published the following day.

Happy writing.