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Attention Writers! True Blood on Twitter Writing Contest

June 5, 2011

True Blood on Twitter would like to invite you to participate in our first writing contest. If you’ve ever imagined that you could write a scene for some of your favorite True Blood™ characters, this is your opportunity to do just that.

We have chosen three “sneak peek” video previews for the upcoming Season 4 as inspiration for you to create the story of what happened next. The following are links to those promos. Choose one as the starting point for your story and let your imagination take over.

Our panel of judges will choose first, second and third place winners from the submissions and True Blood on Twitter group members will act the winning story out, live on Twitter, as a special event leading up to Sunday, June 26 and the first episode of Season 4 of True Blood™. Second and third place entries will be performed at a later date. First place prize is a copy of True Blood: The Complete Third Season on DVD. Runner up prizes will also be awarded for the second and third place winners.

Deadline for submissions is Midnight central time, Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011.

Rules and judging guidelines can be found under the links to the promo videos. Watch them and choose which story you’d like to continue. Good luck and we look forward to reading your entries.

1.       Pam, Marnie & Tara

2.       Arlene & Terry

3.       Pam, Jessica & Hoyt


  • Submissions should be a minimum of 1,500 words and no longer than 4,000 words.
  • Each writer can submit up to a maximum of three (3) separate stories.
  • Contest ends at Midnight central time, Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
  • All contest submissions should be sent to:

Our panel of judges will be looking equally for…

  • Creativity and originality (including structure, flow, development of characters, and so on)
  • Potential for roleplay (including audience-appropriateness and appeal).
  • Technical ability (such as writing and compositional skills, presentation, form, spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.)
  • Stories should get the viewer’s attention and keep it. Beginning, middle, end, and overall pacing are very important. The dialogue needs to provide insight and the visuals must be compelling. The voice of the characters should be clear and strong. Overall impact of the piece will be the major criteria in the evaluation process.
  • Creativity will carry a weight of up to 10 points; other categories carry a weight of up to 5 points. Winners will be determined by the highest cumulative score.


22 Comments leave one →
  1. Tamarah permalink
    June 5, 2011 8:30 pm

    Can we add new characters to the sceen or do we have to work with the characters within the sceen only? Also I have more upcoming ideas on future episodes and was wondering if I could send u that as well for more ideas of other sceens to be acted out later at another time. I understand that this won’t be my actuall entry just something extra that u might like. I will also put in an entry for the compartition but I was wondering if I could send in this extra peace for fun. Please get back to me. Thank you.

    • June 5, 2011 8:52 pm

      Great question, Tamarah. Yes, you can include other characters as long as they fit into your story. The promo videos are there as a starting off point, where you take it from there is up to you. If you’d like to submit other story ideas for the group to consider, by all means. We are always looking for great ideas to perform in the True Blood offseason.

      • Tamarah permalink
        June 6, 2011 2:00 pm

        Thankyou also I wanted to ask if we could bring back characters from previous seasons that are not main characters? People who we don’t or didn’t see very often.

      • June 6, 2011 5:26 pm

        Tamarah, sure if they fit into your story and they were part of the show, by all means. We want you to have free reign on whatever situations or characters fit into your idea.

  2. June 6, 2011 12:45 pm

    Do submissions need to have a screenplay or novel format?

    Personally, I’m hoping that novel-style formatting is ok– since I have zero experience with screenplays. Great contest idea!

    • BTPublicLibrary permalink
      June 6, 2011 1:28 pm

      Novel or short story format is just fine, Lindsay. Good luck!

  3. June 6, 2011 5:59 pm

    Is this open internationally, or US only?

    • BTPublicLibrary permalink
      June 6, 2011 6:19 pm

      Absolutely, Danielle. International entries are welcome.

  4. Seif-Eddin permalink
    June 7, 2011 10:22 am

    This is so exciting! I just have one question: What is it that Lafayette says to Marnie in that scene? “Can you do it with….” ?

  5. BTPublicLibrary permalink
    June 7, 2011 10:45 am

    I believe he says “Can you do it by remote?” Anyone else have a different idea?

  6. edward permalink
    June 7, 2011 12:54 pm

    one question: can it be from any characters POV,or 3rd person or it doesnt matter.

  7. BTPublicLibrary permalink
    June 7, 2011 6:12 pm

    Edward, feel free to use either a character’s viewpoint or 3rd person. Whichever you are more comfortable with is fine.

  8. UltimateNinja98 permalink
    June 7, 2011 11:10 pm

    Cool, I’ll be sure to write something very interesting for the contest. Hmm

  9. Tamarah permalink
    June 12, 2011 10:08 pm

    when you mean potential for roalplay does that rule affect creatures involved in the storyline?

  10. June 14, 2011 7:50 pm

    What we meant by potential for roleplay is that the story should be something we can recreate as character dialogue rather than narrative. It would be difficult for us to act out a story on twitter that has a lot of description and scene setting that is not character driven.

  11. June 19, 2011 12:04 pm

    Can we use the “F” word? There is a sentence in my entry where a protester shouts, “F*ck you Fangers!” I can change the “F” word to “screw” or something, but I think the current sentence is more True Blood-ish. Thanks for the help!

    • BTPublicLibrary permalink
      June 19, 2011 12:27 pm

      Not a problem, Lindsay. Go ahead and leave the word in. Good luck!

  12. June 20, 2011 11:35 pm

    I sent my entry over, I hope it’s good enough. Does the entries get posted somewhere? Or can we poste them after the contest announce the winners?

  13. June 21, 2011 12:56 am

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  14. June 22, 2011 4:03 pm

    I’ve submitted my entry. I attached it to my email, is that acceptable? If not, I can quickly copy and paste it into an email. Thanks for the reply.


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