If you’ve never been to one of our Twitter poetry parties before here’s the scoop:
The rules are simple because there aren’t any. Well, maybe one (the hashtag). The party lasts one hour. @tspoetry provides the prompt — an idea, a line of poetry, even a tabloid headline. You write a few lines of poetry in response to the prompt and then play off the other participants’ lines.
You work within the 140-character limit set by Twitter for all tweets — just make sure each tweet includes the hashtag — #tsptry. That way, we can find your contributions. It’s a good idea to follow @tspoetry and as many of the participants as possible (see Tweet Poet Friends in sidebar) — but @tspoetry is the critical one. (If you participate in a Twitter party and we forget to add you to our Tweet Poet Friends list, don’t be shy about asking us to add you! It gets busy around here, and sometimes a few details fall through the cracks. )
The best way to make sure you include the hashtag and see everyone’s tweets as they are tweeted, is to come to our @tspoetry Tweetchat room.
After the Twitter Party concludes, we usually tweet around and congratulate one another. And tonight, if you are the first to guess the source of our prompts, you’ll win a free subscription for you or a friend, to Every Day Poems.
Most of the tweets from the Twitter Party will be assembled into larger Twitter poems. We’ll feature some on this blog, some in Every Day Poems, with the best lines singled out and identified by contributor. You’ll get credit and links as a co-author, too. As for royalties, don’t hold your breath. We’ll let you know if any show up!
Harry Potter Parody Illustration (“Harry Trotter”), by Sara B. Used with permission.