“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
Enter the Deathmatch short story contest here:
Since 2008, Broken Pencil: the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts, has been running one of the world’s most audacious short story contests. In the Deathmatch short story contest, the top eight entrants as selected by Broken Pencil are pitted against each other two by two. The winning story is 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! With over 25,000 votes cast, the Deathmatch is a high stakes struggle for literary bragging rights! Don’t believe us? Check out past years of Deathmatch insanity — 2010 is here and 2011 is here.
The Deathmatch winner gets a prize pack of cash and awesome stuff worth $700! Plus publication in Spring 2012 issue of Broken Pencil Magazine. Specifically this year’s winner will get: $250 in cash money! 12 gorgeous silkscreened prints (samples below) by acclaimed Montreal illustrator Raymond Biesinger. Stacks of recent titles from great indie presses Coach House Books and Tightrope Books, plus subscriptions to amazing magazines Geist, Taddle Creek and SubTerrain!
Top 3 Runners-up get $100 and publication in Spring 2012 issue of Broken Pencil Magazine!
The winners and runners-up get published in Broken Pencil, plus cash prizes, prize packs, and all kinds of other goodies.
prints you could win by Raymond Biesinger include: