Literary Match Bout Review: McBride Delivers Smackdown To Hoffman

From the opening paragraph of the short story Kill All Your Darlings, it’s quite evident that Tracie McBride has administered a sound literary beatdown on Kenneth Hoffman’s Up in Smoke – on stylistic grounds, if for no other reason. But alas, there are quite a number of other good, solid reasons to prefer McBride’s tale [...]

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PatronQuo Literary Review of “Forgiven”

The author of the short story, Forgiven, wants you to know that yes, indeed, it is a wonderful life out there – even if we, the readers, must navigate a tempestuous sea of typos, sentence fragments, and expository dialogue to get his uplifting message of peace and salvation. Though some might regard Forgiven as an uplifting [...]

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Update: Fiction Writer Match Bout Standings

Whether the literary community wakes up to it or not, continues to blaze its trail of innovation online with its new Literary Match Bout feature. The PatronQuo Match Bout Standings chart is now up on the Stats page (the bottom chart). Here, you can view which tales have kicked the most [...]

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Frequently Asked Questions For Literary Match Bout Voting

All the answers to the questions you have about our innovative new Literary Match Bout feature on what it is, how it works, and why you should vote. I. WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT WORKS What exactly is a literary match bout? A literary match bout is a contest between any two short stories or [...]

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Funny New Death Match Banners To Spice Up Your Writer Websites and Blogs

Now that we’re running literary death match bouts 24/7 for every tale submitted on, we thought it apt to roll out our new funky promotional death match banners. Feel free to copy the codes below and decorate your web sites and book blogs with these sunny little messages from . LITERARY DEATH MATCHES [...]

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It’s Here! Match Bout Record Charts For All Novel and Short Story Submissions is setting the standard for all book and short story submission websites with its pioneering launch of a Match Bout Record chart appended at the foot of every featured tale. A Match Bout Record chart is a reader-sourced tool that provides writers, literary agents, publishers, fans, and prospective patrons a valuable guide as to which [...]

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The Pianist and the Trees

by Jo Niederhoff

The trees moved closer every day. Robin tried not to think about it, but she could hardly help it. As her tutor droned on, her eyes would be drawn to the windows and she would see the boughs waving in the breeze. Sometimes they only came a few inches, but one day she looked out to see that they had covered a stretch several times the length of her body. That she wasn’t very tall to begin with was no consolation.

Robin Lomavsha was the only daughter of Atticus and Irca Lomavsha, a pair of minor nobles who intended to move their family up in society through their daughter. They insisted that she have a full education, and hardly a day went by that they didn’t comment on her beauty. She had enjoyed being petted and spoiled as a little girl, but she grew tired of being seen as nothing but a future bride around the time she turned fifteen.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 236  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 236
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The Dream

by conner LaMontagne

The Dream

By Conner LaMontagne

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 167  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 167
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by Dominic Morgan


I turned the bow to seaward and went forward to drop the hook in three fathoms. Paid out fifteen fathoms of chain. Plenty of scope. Then I rigged a bridle. I looked up at the heavens. Mackerel sky. Cyrrus. I remembered my first captain’s mantra. High feathers, heavy weathers. To seaward the sky was changing already. Thick cumulus on the horizon. Dark prophets, denizens of the storm.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 226  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 226
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by Peter Durant

Summer, 1949

The full moon had climbed over the ragged treetops, sending what little light it could into the full, black depths of the Taber Wood...but it was never enough. Old logging roads twisted and dipped all through the miles of ancient woodland, mazing their narrow way in and through the centuries old stands of silent, black trees.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 124  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 124

All-Time Patron Rankings:

Rank Name
1Cori Jones
2Tony Ferrero
4Stuart Ackerman
6Holly Jahangiri
7Jean Irizarry
8Heather Kephart
9Jason Cook
10Ellen Pall

All-Time Author Earnings:

Amount Name
$340.00Cori Jones
$106.00Holly Jahangiri
$60.00J. Leland Kupferberg
$15.00Paul Beckman
$15.00Andrea Helaine
$15.00Tracie McBride
$15.00Salvatore Buttaci
$10.00Lazar Goldshlager
$10.00Maria Elizabeth Romana
$5.00Isabella Nativ

All-Time Novel Earnings:

Amount Title
$340.00Hanging Wasp by Cori Jones
$10.00Little Miss Straight Lace by Maria Elizabeth Romana
$5.00Ruby Sun by Paige Owen 

All-Time Short story Earnings:

Amount Title
$106.00The Trouble with Oliver by Holly Jahangiri
$40.00Up and Over by J. Leland Kupferberg
$20.00Craftsman's Volley by J. Leland Kupferberg
$15.00Get Off The Couch, Ann Landers! by Paul Beckman
$15.00Angel of Death by Andrea Helaine
$15.00Kill All Your Darlings by Tracie McBride
$15.00The Drummer Yusipov by Salvatore Buttaci
$10.00Tales of The Hang Buddy by Lazar Goldshlager
$5.00Bedtime Story by Isabella Nativ
$5.00Skin for Skin by Jonathan Papernick

Match Bout Standings:

Rank Title Matches Leading
1Benjie Boy81.82%
2The Pens81.82%
3The Hand of God80.00%
4Angel of Death76.47%
5Near Death75.00%
7One of Those Days68.42%
9Tales of The Hang Buddy65.38%
10Wreck of the Marie Jenny65.00%

Recent Submissions:

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