Short stories with 140 character limit

Last updated 11:50 13/11/2012
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Very short story: Can a short story be written with just 140 characters.

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All a-tweet about nothing or concise insights into modern life?

However you view Twitter, followers are flocking to the social media site in droves.

The Hutt News challenged local authors to show their social media savvy by telling a story in 140 characters or less.

Here is what they came up with.

Craig Cliff, short story writer, columnist

I awoke in the year 3012. There were no flying cars, no meals in pills, no talking chimps. Then I saw the sign: WELCOME TO PALMERSTON NORTH.

Fleur Beale, young adult author

He came. He saw. She conquered.

Cat Connor, thriller writer

His blood dripped down the steps, making the floor slick. I didn't mean to hit him so hard. He should have knocked. #NowTheresAMess

Steven Sedley, non-fiction writer, founder of the Horizon Bookshop (now Paper Plus)

A recluse lived in a cottage overlooking the sea. He waited for the tsunami that would wipe out the world, but couldn't warn people. He had no phone.

Desiree Gezentsvey, scriptwriter, poet, literary translator

The old clock strikes midnight. Dead leaves rustle outside French doors. Through parted curtains he peeks into her light.

It's nonsense. But just in case, she smiles.

Liesbeth Visser, young adult and children's book writer

I opened a book and a girl jumped out. She grabbed my hand, pulled me in.

"See you," my brother said, then turned the page. "Have fun."

Mercedes Webb-Pullman, poet

After the explosion, dust drifts into shocked silence, broken by Aala's screams.

She holds out her daughter's shoe, shows us the foot in it.

Cushla Managh, short story writer, poet

Maria's children were surprised to find a pet came with their newly rented Maungaraki 3-bed #alligatorinthespa #hisname isHenry #hasanyoneseenthecat

 -Think you can match these efforts - or even do better?

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