In 1935, Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa passed away without incident or fanfare. After his death, his family discovered a trunk containing some 25,426 items — a vast collection of poems, fragments, letters, journals. These pieces were ascribed to a variety of writers — Bernardo Soares, Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis, and Álvaro de Campos among them — all with different styles, personalities, philosophies and opinions. Even more interestingly, all of these pieces were written by the same man. At age six, Pessoa created his first "heteronym," a pen pal named Chevalier de Pas. Through these heteronyms he would go on to create works of staggering genius, preempting many literary movements before their time.
If Pessoa had never existed, the Internet would have invented him.
The TeenFire Writers Forum aims to do just that.
In this space, TeenFire members are all invited to post original works of Young Adult literature where they can be seen by Sourcebooks Fire authors and editors, as well as their peers. Our editors also reserve the right to read any of the posts herein. To participate, post your submissions (feel free to use your entries for the #YALitChat Writers Contest) in the "Discussion Forum" below. Each new project should have its own entry and title. Sourcebooks Fire editors have agreed to read up to 1,000 words of the three selections with the most comments once a week, and to in-turn post suggestions, comments or any other constructive criticism. All teenFire members are encouraged to do the same! NOTE: Slander or inappropriate comments may result in suspension of membership from TeenFire at the moderator's discretion.
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