Reality Show Overview


“Survival of the Fictionest”

**You can now read the Complete Season of Fourth Fiction HERE

Fourth FictionFourth Fiction is 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 (all the videos are compiled HERE). 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.  You can read the contestant bios here. For more details, WATCH THE VIDEO announcing the competition:

On July 4th, the 12 contestants began posting to a single Twitter page, @FourthNight, to introduce themselves to the readers and to one another. All of their Twitter writings from July 4th to July 14th have been compiled HERE. The contestants were then given daily literary dares from July 14th to July 24th. A roundup of all of their responses to the 10 dares has been posted. The pre-contest phase from July 24th to August 1st involved a chain story that all 12 contestants developed. From August 1st to August 4th readers voted on their favorite contestant for the pre-competition month. On August 4th the rounds of literary challenges and voting rounds began.


I’m a writer, get me out of here! – Cyprus Mail, Aug. 23, 2009

Literary Big Brother – (In Portuguese) O Tempo, Aug. 13, 2009

Online Big Brother Challenges New Writers – (In Portuguese) Folha de S. Paulo, Aug. 6, 2009

BLOG REVIEWS of Fourth Fiction:

Fourth Fiction

Fourth Fiction: The First 10 Days

Fourth Fiction: Yet Another Literary Show

The New Spin on Reality TV

Survival of the Fictionest (in Russian)

Первое реалити-шоу в блоге (another review in Russian)

Fourth Fiction Update (Round 1)

CRITIQUES of Contestants’ Writings

Fourth Fiction Round 4 Lit Crit Part I and Part II

Fourth Fiction Lit Crit

Fourth Fiction – First Impressons (Part 1)

Fourth Fiction – First Impressions (Part 2)

Fourth Fiction – First Impressions (Part 3)

Fourth Fiction Spinoffs

O Novo Escritor

(Brazilian blog-based reality show where 12 writers each begin a police novel and get voted off by readers)