In 2011, Douglas Sovern wrote the groundbreaking Twitter novel TweetHeart. It was the first work of its kind: An entire novel, written live, on the fly, in the daily tweets of its protagonist. It took ten months to tell the story, which won an international following. You can read all about TweetHeart, and read the 1600 archived tweets, here.
In 2012, Doug joined The Writers Studio, San Francisco, and started writing short stories. His debut story appeared in 2013 in Gemini Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Since then, his fiction has been featured in Narrative, Sand Hill Review, Black & White, Crack The Spine, Hobo Pancakes, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Penmen Review, EDGE Literary Journal, Jet Fuel Review, Alimentum, Mulberry Fork Review, J Lit, and The Madison Review and been nominated for three more Pushcarts, and for the Best of the West anthology. His story “Indira” was chosen by Narrative as one of its Top Five Stories of 2013-14. His story “Skin” was honored as a Top Ten finalist in Narrative’s Winter 2015 Story Contest and in Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story 2015 Short Fiction Contest, and a new version of that story will appear in the Writers Studio @ 30 anthology, coming in May 2017 from Epiphany Editions.
His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle.
Doug is a graduate of Brown University. He has studied fiction and screenwriting at UC Berkeley and the Esalen Institute. He is a graduate of the Writers Boot Camp Professional Screenwriting Training Program in Los Angeles. He attended the 2013 Napa Valley Writers Conference, where he was mentored by author Yiyun Li. In 2014, he studied “The Art of the Story” with legendary editor Tom Jenks. In both 2015 and 2016, he attended the prestigious LitCamp writers conference, workshopping with Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding (“Tinkers”). Doug read his work at San Francisco’s annual LitQuake literary festival in 2012, 2013 and 2015. He hosts THERE, a monthly reading series showcasing Oakland and Berkeley writers, on the third Friday of each month at the Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland.
Read an interview with Doug about fiction writing in Mulberry Fork Review, MFR 3.3
“The Blogger Wolf” – published in Gemini Magazine, June 30, 2013; appeared again in slightly different form in Green Hills Literary Lantern, July 8, 2014. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
“Morning Rush” – published in Black & White, January 2014 (print only, available for purchase)
AUDIOBOOK: Listen to Doug read his produced version of “Morning Rush”
“Indira” – Story of the Week, Narrative Magazine, May 12, 2014 – (Winner: Top 5 Stories of the Year, 2013-14). Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
“Co-Anchors” – published in Crack The Spine, May 28, 2014, and again in the CTS Summer 2014 Anthology, August 17, 2014
“Almost Every One Of Us” – published in Sand Hill Review, July 4, 2014. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Appeared again in slightly different form in J Lit, the monthly fiction section of J Weekly, 12/31/15
“Where We’ll Hide When The Nazis Come” – published in July 2015 Issue 3, Volume 3 of Mulberry Fork Review. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
“Who Knows How It Will All Come Out?” – published in October 2015 issue (V9) of EDGE Literary Journal (print only, available for purchase)
“Skin” – published in July 2016, in the Spring 2016 issue of The Madison Review. Print only, available for online purchase.