“Survival of the Fictionest”
**You can now read the Complete Season of Fourth Fiction HERE
Fourth Fiction was a blog-based literary reality show that took place in the latter half of 2009 in which 12 contestants, writing pseudonymously, competed to complete a novella. On August 4th they each began writing a novella. Every ten days until Dec. 4th (on the 4th, the 14th, and the 24th of each month) the host, Constantine Markides, gave them a new literary guideline through a YouTube video for the next writing portion. At the end of each of these rounds, the readers would vote off one writer. The winning contestant survived the 12 rounds and completed the novella. The identity of the writers remained anonymous until the end of the competition so that the readers could judge the writers exclusively on the merit of their prose. Watch this video for an overview of the competition.
For more details and to read criticism and press about Fourth Fiction, see the OVERVIEW and the links below.