Hi everyone, I'll be one of the judges of the 4th annual Indie Writers Deathmatch. Check out all the info below and send in your short story! http://www.brokenpencil.com/deathmatch
Broken Pencil Magazine Presents: Indie Writers Deathmatch IV!
“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 world's most violent fiction contest returns for the fourth straight year, and the stakes are higher than ever. Broken Pencil, Canada's magazine of underground culture and the alternative arts, once again is giving writers the chance to showcase their best stuff and fight for literary supremacy in our Online Arena. For the first time ever, each round of the Deathmatch will feature original personalized artwork, and an official downloadable song from some of Canada's coolest indie bands, like Montreal's Puggy Hammer, Toronto's Tomboyfriend, and Edmonton's Hot Panda.
90,000 Readers from Around the World
Last year's contest drew an absurd ninety thousand hits – double the previous year's total – as fiction fans broke their fingers off to help their favourite story triumph. For their twenty-dollar entry fee, writers throw their ironic fedoras in the ring and automatically score a one-year subscription to Broken Pencil. Eight stories will be selected to compete, with writers and readers hyping each other up and shouting each other down on the Deathmatch website. All eight will also be featured on the mobile-fiction site CellStories.net. Three runners-up will get $100, publication in the Spring 2011 issue of Broken Pencil and a presented with a new Kobo Wireless eReader.
The Grand Prize Winner gets all kinds of crazy crap: publication in the mag, $300 cash money, a Broken Pencil prize pack also worth $300, a new Kobo Wireless eReader, and their story electronically published and available for sale on www.Kobo.com. Kobo is a global eReading service with users in over 200 countries worldwide.
The top eight submissions will be selected by the Broken Pencil fiction team, who will be reading the submissions on their Kobo eReaders; then it's up to you! The winning story will be 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!
Deadline to enter is December 31, 2010 – so polish that prose and hit us up at brokenpencil.com/deathmatch, where you can also check out previous years' contests, winners and losers alike. Submissions are now open!