The Complete Season

What follows is Fourth Fiction in its entirety from the pre-competition month on Twitter to Round 1 through Round 12, which features the winning post. Although the eliminated contestant is announced in every round in the video, the complete poll results for each round are all listed at the bottom of this page.

Pre-Competition Month on Twitter

Although the contest began on August 4th, the contestants all wrote on the Fourth Fiction Twitter page over the month of July as a way of introducing themselves to each other and to the readers. I’ve compiled their tweets in the posts below. For a more detailed explanation about the Twitter posts click here.

VIDEO: Fourth Fiction launch

Contestants’ First Ten Days on Twitter

VIDEO: Pre-Contest Literary Dares

Roundup of the Ten Literary Dares

VIDEO: Pre-Contest Chain Story

The Chain Story

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*The links below don’t refer to contestants by their names but rather by numbers corresponding to the order of posting. The first writer to post in a round is referred to as “Contestant 1,” the second “Contestant 2,” etc, such that one number isn’t consistently assigned to any particular writer.

Round 1 Video – “Fire”

Write the opening sentence of your novella.

Contestant 1 Contestant 2 Contestant 3 Contestant 4 Contestant 5 Host Contestant 6 Contestant 7 Contestant 8 Contestant 9 Contestant 10 Contestant 11 Contestant 12

Round 2 Video – “Canoeing”

Write your opening paragraph. It should be about interactions over the web. (300 words)

Eliminated Contestant’s Farewell Contestant 1 Contestant 2 Contestant 3 Contestant 4 Contestant 5 Contestant 6 Contestant 7 Contestant 8 Contestant 9 Contestant 10 Contestant 11

Round 3 Video – “Speakers’ Corner”

Incorporate the death of a dog into your next passage. (400 words)

Eliminated Contestant’s Farewell Contestant 1 Contestant 2 Contestant 3 Contestant 4 Contestant 5 Contestant 6 Contestant 7 Contestant 8 Contestant 9 Contestant 10

Round 4 Video – “US Open (Tennis)”

Weave an element of Fyor’s story into your passage. (450 words)

Contestant 1 Contestant 2 Contestant 3 Contestant 4 Contestant 5 Contestant 6 Contestant 7 Contestant 8 Contestant 9

Round 5 Video – “Poker and Magic”

Incorporate this image into your next passage. (500 words)

Eliminated Contestant’s Farewell Contestant 1 Contestant 2 Contestant 3 Contestant 4 Contestant 5 Contestant 6 Contestant 7 Contestant 8

Round 6 Video – “Lebowski Fest”

Incorporate a White Russian and the words “over the line” into your next passage. (500 words)

Contestant 1 Contestant 2 Contestant 3 Contestant 4 Contestant 5 Contestant 6 Contestant 7 Eliminated Contestant’s Farewell

Round 7 Video – “Blessing of the Animals”

The Round 7 challenge is different for each contestant. See video for details. (600 words)

Eliminated Contestant’s Farewell Contestant 1 Contestant 2 Contestant 3 Contestant 4 Contestant 5 Contestant 6

Round 8 Video – “Frogs and Torture”

The readers assigned the Round 8 challenges. See this post for details. (600 words)

Contestant 1 Contestant 2 Contestant 3 Contestant 4 Contestant 5 Eliminated Contestant’s Farewell

Round 9 Video – “Biking and the City”

1) Incorporate a hoax; 2) Incorporate a revelation; 3) Incorporate the number four; 4) Incorporate Stephen Colbert. (444 words)

Eliminated Contestant’s Farewell Contestant 1 Contestant 2 Contestant 3 Contestant 4

Round 10 Video – “Marathon and Masquerade”

Kill off one of your characters (1200 words)

Eliminated Contestant’s Farewell Contestant 1 Contestant 2 Contestant 3

Round 11 Video – “The Video Challenge”

Put your main character in danger in a new and hostile environment. There should be a struggle for survival through which new aspects of his or her personality are revealed (1500 words).

Contestant 1 Contestant 2 Eliminated Contestant’s Farewell

Round 12 Video* – “Tournament Final”

*I asked commenters to send a video or photo of themselves for inclusion in this YouTube. Also, there was a change in the season finale timetable.

Assign the challenge to yourself. It should be the most challenging one of them all (no word limit).

Eliminated Contestant’s Farewell

VIDEO: Stephen Fry Congratulates the Fourth Fiction Winner

FOURTH FICTION FINALE

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And for those of you crazy enough to have made it through the entire season, you can mull over the season a little more with a final Fourth Fiction cryptographic wrap up.

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Polls

The readers voted off writers along the way. Click on the following links to see the poll results. The first poll was for the favorite writer during the pre-competition month on Twitter (the winner was exempted from the first round of elimination voting). In the final four polls, the readers voted for their favorite contestants. The contestant who received the least votes was eliminated.

Pre-Contest Vote for your Favorite Poll 1st Elimination Poll 2nd Elimination Poll 3rd Elimination Poll 4th Elimination Poll 5th Elimination Poll 6th Elimination Poll 7th Elimination Poll 8th Elimination Poll 9th Elimination Poll 10th Elimination Poll 11th (Final) Elimination Poll