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Broken Pencil‘s annual Deathmatch is back and open for short story submissions.

This year, the winner gets:

  • Their story published in Broken Pencil: the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts.
  • $400 cash
  • The Ultimate Literary Makeover: in-depth consultations with an independent press editor, literary agent and an acclaimed fiction editor. They will give you feedback on your writing, guide you on entering the publishing industry, and tell you what to do next. The experts:

The Press Editor
Veronica Liu
Editor at NYC’s Seven Stories Press
Founder and director of Word Up bookstore

The Agent
Sam Hiyate
Founder and director of The Rights Factory

The Writer
Hal Niedzviecki
Founder of Broken Pencil
Author of 10+ books including novels, short stories, non-fiction

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