Only One Will Triumph
The most brutal short story contest on Earth returns for its seventh straight year! Last year, frantic voting in the championship round actually crashed the Deathmatch site! This year we’ll pick up where we left off with new contestants vying for an indie writer’s makeover that could change their lives! Eight stories will go head-to-head in our Online Arena, but only one will triumph.
The PRIZE! The Complete Indie Writers Makeover
Whoever emerges victorious will be awarded The Complete Indie Writers’ Makeover: a consultation with literary agent Sam Hiyate of the Rights Factory; a consultation with novelist and Globe & Mail columnist Russell Smith; and a meeting and feedback-session with Coach House Press, one of Canada’s top independent presses; plus publication in the Spring 2014 issue of Broken Pencil.
High Stakes Second Round Rule! Rewrite to Move On
Contestants who survive the first round must revise their story before moving on – will they take their critics’ fevered, and sometimes hurtful, suggestions to heart? Or strike out on their own and polish each word to a razor-sharp edge? Only one thing is certain: somebody will emerge with an unprecedented opportunity to show off their writing to some of the best in the business.
How the Deathmatch works
It’s simple really. 8 stories are chosen by Broken Pencil. Two at a time they battle against each other. The winners are decided by the Deathmatch readers who descend on the site in a frenzy of voting (they can vote once an hour), pithy observation and, of course, trash-talk. The winners advance to face each other until there is only one story standing. Last year over 35,000 votes were cast!
The Deathmatch is now taking short story entries. Stories must be 3,000 words or less. Entries are accepted until December 31st, 2013. The first round of Deathmatch begins January 20th, 2014.