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 modern suburban tribe and their way of life: Khoisan Vagrants

by Martin Lochner

The modern suburban tribe and their way of life: Khoisan Vagrants

Franz the vagrant came past my house as usual and greeted in good spirits. Every morning he collected a cup of hot coffee and few empty bottles for deposit. One day I asked him how he could endure to stay a vagrant and to live such a desperate life.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 125  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 125
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Autistic Freedom

by JohnnyLurg 

John clenched his left hand with his right as he stared at one of Gummoe Elementary’s few blackboards. He steadily looked at all of the proper names which had been scrawled onto the blackboard by an unsteady hand and a stick of lime green chalk. He then slowly whispered them all to himself: “Lawrence Ferlinghetti”; “Coit Tower”; “Bob Kaufman”; “Harrison Bergeron”; “Alan Kaufman”; “Howl.” None of these names rang a bell in John’s mind as he dreaded the ringing of the first school bell. It wasn’t that he detested the education he was receiving at Gummoe Elementary; he just wished he could have stayed in Mrs. Lernstein’s class for sixth grade. While Mrs. Lernstein, John’s fifth grade teacher, knew exactly how to discipline students and wasn’t afraid to do so, she had introduced John to books beyond Drake the Dachshund, a slightly humorous third grade novel which was essentially a picture book in chapter book format. John now read everything that interested him, be it science fiction or poetry. John worried that his sixth grade teacher, a neophyte to teaching named Mr. Edwards, would make him suffer through constant math problems, or at least the daily poor short story.

The classroom was populating and John was off to his personal Mars, an area of his mind which had been condemned by John’s father as the product of attention deficit disorder, although John was part of a family who all loathed and avoided therapists, so John was never officially diagnosed. His sixth grade teacher casually walked into the room, and the Major Tom of John’s mind flew back to Earth so that John could think while he got a good look at his last elementary school teacher.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 55  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 54
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Isun Rising

by Christian Pasciak

Part 1

“Get in there, professor. The Council awaits. They shall be passing judgment immediately as well’ the monstrous guard said as he shoved the professor ahead towards the large, golden doors that were taller than ten men standing on top of each other’s’ shoulders. Indeed, the doors were relics of the Golden Age in which the planet lived in peace. But those days were long gone, and where laughter and smiles once filled this hall, only grave silence remained to greet visitors.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 246  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 246
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Animal Kingdom & the raise of the Eagle

by dharshana samaranayake

Animal Kingdom

After a long observation trip the eagle has returned and landed to its nest. The fellow hawks also that followed the eagle, nested on their places on the branches of the same huge tree placed for them to take the rest.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 184  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 184

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%
6One of Those Days72.22%
9Tales of The Hang Buddy65.38%
10Wreck of the Marie Jenny65.00%

Recent Submissions:

Incarnate by Jose Quinones
THE CHOICE OF AFTERLIFE By- Aakash Mitra by Aakash Mitra
Into The New World by Astermel Samuya
Captivated Murder by Mitchel Rose
THE APPLE OF EDEN by Pushpak Chattopadhyay
Autobiography by Elsa Emmalise
World Tour Diary (1) by Radu Prodan
Take flight, Dodo bird by Peter Peh
The Advice by Joshua Jackson
Calypso by Jo Carter

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