Deadline for #twitorial submissions is Thursday; Thanks for playing @long

We have had some fun with our first ever #twitorial competition, whereupon we asked you you to weigh in by combining your tweet and opinion-writing skills into, well, a #twitorial

All good things come to an end and we’re going to ask that any competitors file their #twitorial (s) with us by the end of day Thursday, 05/23/2013.

We are going to process the entries over the long Memorial Day Weekend and publish some of our favorites in print and online in the coming week.

As we mentioned earlier, our three favorites will win tickets to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

Below is my original announcement and some things you’ll need to know to participate.

The poet Robert Frost, who often wrote in the regimented style of metered verse, with rhymes no less, was fond of dissing free-verse poetry as “playing tennis without a net.”

We agree it is an extra challenge to get one’s point across in a structured format. So we invite you to partake in our #Twitorial challenge contest. If you have opinions and you’ve got a Twitter account – or even if you don’t – we hope you will weigh in on this and create editorial viewpoints in the very limited space of a tweet.

Staying within the 140-character limit – minus the 10 characters for the hashtag label #Twitorial – you’ve got exactly 130 characters to opine on something. Choose any subject you like and use any and all Twitter jargon and shortcuts. We look forward to seeing how you get your opinion across in the Twittersphere.

Since we’ve never done this before – and we gather you haven’t, either – we will have to follow some conventions:

- If you are going to participate and you haven’t followed me already, please do so at @IDS_HelloIdaho

- Once you’ve followed me, I can then follow you and we can communicate via Direct Message. If we love your #Twitorial and want to include it among our #Twitorial All-Stars, then we can contact you.

- Lest you think this is much ado about nothing, we are working to acquire Idaho Shakespeare Festival tickets to award some of the authors of our favorite #Twitorials.

- You don’t have to live in Idaho to participate, but let us know in a Direct Message if you are. If we get enough entries, we will have an All-Idaho division and an Outside-Idaho division.

- Your participation gives us the right to reproduce your #Twitorials in print and on all other online and social media platforms.

Robert Ehlert is the Statesman’s editorial page editor.

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