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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Goblin's Honor

by Scott Harper

Shyla started to glance over at Bernard, but the sight before them drew her attention fully again before she could look at the man by her side. “It’s worse than we thought,” she whispered, keeping her voice low, though she knew there was no chance of being overheard due the noise the multitude below was making.

Bernard flinched at the sound of her voice. When he didn’t answer, she finally looked at him, repeating her words. His pale green eyes wide with horror. He only nodded.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 25  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 17
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Forever Alone

by Arika Jackson

My father was a very wealthy man. My mother had died years ago and I was the only child. My father bought a vacation home out in the countryside of South Dakota. We had been visiting there for many years, always in December. Each year we came, I wanted to explore the forest that surrounded our countryside home. I had asked my father many times if we could go into the woods just once. He always replied with an "I'm to busy today" or "maybe some other time". I felt so let down when I heard those words. I always thought he bought a vacation home so he could relax. We came to the cabin every Christmas, but this Christmas I wanted to go in the woods. I was determined. It felt like something was pulling me toward the Forrest. Little did I know my life was about to change drastically, forever. Let the lesson of my story stay in your mind; always...Never go venturing in the forest at night alone. Or for that matter-anywhere, you never know what might happen.

I was sitting in front of the fireplace having a warm cup of tea, when I discovered that I could leave to explore the Forrest and be back before my dear father even found out! A huge grin fell upon my face as I pulled my cup of tea closer. My chair felt so cozy this year. It was a soft, fluffy, red chair. I snuggled close to it and took a nap because I knew my father wouldn't fall asleep until the early morning hours. I awoke to a burnt out fire and covers draped over my body. I thought to myself, father must have gone to bed. Once again the satisfying smirk came across my face. I slowly and carefully got up, making sure not to awaken my father. I peeked out of the window and much to my surprise, snow was coming down! I could feel the look of frustration overcome my face. "No matter, I'm still going" I said to myself.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 85  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 85
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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 natalia arfan

As soon I stepped a foot in my dorm, my phone rang loudly. I was so tired I don’t even bother to look at the caller ID. “What?”I said, throwing myself to the bed. “Is that how you talk to your best friend?”a female voice said teasingly. “First of all, I’m not you best friend ‘cause we only met two days ago. Second, I’m really, really tired. Can you just tell me what you want?”

I just know she’s making faces right now. Now, I’ve wished I’ve looked at the caller ID. When she didn’t say anything, “Carmel I-“Is it true you were asked to become a knight?”

Category: Novel  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 29  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 29

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:

Incarnate by Jose Quinones
THE CHOICE OF AFTERLIFE By- Aakash Mitra by Aakash Mitra
Into The New World by Astermel Samuya
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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
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