DEATHMATCH

About Deathmatch

Since 2008, Broken Pencil: the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts, has been running the world’s most audacious short story contest — The Indie Writers’ Deathmatch Short Story Contest.

“This is definitely not a contest for sensitive writer types. If you can’t handle the thought of your short story being smacked down by online voters, then you’ll want to stay well clear of this one. Think Literary Survivor. On an island. Surrounded by a sea of sharks.”
– Jennifer Moss, The Vancouver Sun

The Indie Illustrator's Deathmatch 2020

Our Very First Indie Illustrators Deathmatch – Winner Revealed!

OUR PAST DEATHMATCH CONTESTS

Indie Illustrator's Deathmatch

Broken Pencil Presents the Indie Illustrator’s Deathmatch!
Q&A: Judge Jenn Woodall talks Illustrator’s Deathmatch & More
Listen to Broken Pencil’s Q&A With This Year’s Deathmatch Author!

Indie Writer's Deathmatch 2019

Deathmatch 2019 is done! And the winner is… Charlotte Joyce Kidd
Seven Stories Founder Dan Simon to Give Advice As Part of Deathmatch Prize
Who Should Have Won Last Year’s Deathmatch?

Indie Writer's Deathmatch 2018

FB Live Event: Winter Updates and Deathmatch 2018!
BP Indie Writers Deathmatch Short Story Contest Finals
Deathmatch story titles that piqued our interest