Broken Pencil Presents the Indie Illustrator’s Deathmatch!


It’s that time of the year again! Broken Pencil’s Deathmatch, the world’s most audacious contest, is back! 

To make things more interesting, we decided to do something a little different for 2020. So, for the first time ever, we present you with The Indie Illustrator’s Deathmatch! You illustrate the start of a short story, then send your illustration to us and enter the contest. The top 20 are selected to battle it out in our online arena and the winner will receive fame, fortune & more!!!

Are you ready??



Don’t know where to start? Simply Read and Illustrate Part 1 of the Story and then ENTER THE CONTEST!


☠️The deadline to enter is December 31st, 2020, and the contest officially begins on January 30th, 2021☠️


Here’s a bit on how it works:

The top 20 are selected to battle it out in our online arena. The top 10 illustrations go on to the next round and illustrate the next section of the short story. This continues until a winner is crowned by our readers! (Four rounds in total.) With thousands of votes cast each year, the Deathmatch is a high stakes struggle for artistic bragging rights! Complete rules are here.

The winners and runners-up get published in Broken Pencil Magazine, plus cash prizes of up to $500 and BP prize packs. The ultimate winner also gets an in-depth consultation with the BP staff about their career, plus their illustrations featured in Broken Pencil Magazine.

Enter … If You Dare


All details about the Indie Illustrator’s Deathmatch are available at

If you have questions about Deathmatch, email us at [email protected].

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