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Submit to Deathmatch 2013
Since 2008, Broken Pencil: the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts, has been running one of the world’s most audacious short story contests. In the Indie Writers’ Deathmatch, the top eight entrants selected by Broken Pencil are pitted against each other two by two. The winning story is decided by Broken Pencil readers themselves, through a vote on the official magazine website. Each week, two stories will be pitted against each other in the online arena, where anyone and everyone can read them and vote on which one deserves to reign supreme. The authors will be in constant communication with their audience through a blog which they can use to hype up their own story, or trash-talk their opponent’s writing. The winning story moves on to the next round until there are only two stories left, battling it out for ultimate victory! With over 25,000 votes cast, the Deathmatch is a high stakes struggle for literary bragging rights! Don’t believe us? Check out past years of Deathmatch insanity — 2010 is here, 2011 is here and 2012 is here.
NEW THIS YEAR! NEW TOP PRIZE and a NEW TWIST TO THE RULES and REGULATIONS!
NEW TOP PRIZE:
This year the Deathmatch winner gets a prize pack including a consulation with literary agent Sam Hiyate of the Rights Factory, a feedback session with novelist and Globe and Mail columnist Russell Smith and a feedback session with one of Canada’s top independent presses. All this plus publication in Broken Pencil and cash!
The top 3 runners-up get $100 and publication in Spring 2013 issue of Broken Pencil Magazine!
NEW TWIST TO THE 2013 edition of DEATHMATCH:
All writers who win their first round will have 24 hours to submit a revised version of their story before the next round. All DM round 1 winners must submit a story revision they cannot use the round one story in round two without revisions. The BP editors will determine, in consultation with the online community of voters and commentators, which version of the story will ultimately appear in Broken Pencil.
Check here for complete contest rules and regulations.
Deadline to enter: December 31, 2012