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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, PatronQuo.com 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 PatronQuo.com: 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 PatronQuo.com, 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 PatronQuo.com . LITERARY DEATH MATCHES [...]

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It’s Here! Match Bout Record Charts For All Novel and Short Story Submissions

PatronQuo.com 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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A Young Girls Dream

by Joseph Scott

I awoke within my castle. I awoke to the sounds of my servants scuttling about with their daily duties and handling their own tasks, which of course, are far beneath me. My room was decently sized although I would have preferred a bigger room...

"Come here little princess!" My Mother calls for me, always demanding my presence by her side.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 188  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 188
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Operation Suicide

by Jun Yap

1942

Cole sat on the plane, carrying ammunition and some guns to a base in Nevada. Nobody knew this except for him and his commanders. Then out of the blue, 3 planes were behind him, Cole glimpsed the swastika on the sides of the planes, all the planes were equipped with a gunner on the back. They started firing. The bullets tore through his wings and he could do nothing except force a landing. He shouted into the radio. “MAYDAY MAYDAY, Plane….. “CRASH”

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 163  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 163
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The Trouble with Oliver

by Holly Jahangiri

A frumpy woman, clad only in a flowered housecoat and cheap bedroom slippers, lugged a sack of garbage to the curb. As she dropped it onto the ground, she straightened her spine and stretched, one callused hand idly rubbing her hip as her head swiveled, owl-like, to survey the morning activity on the cul-de-sac. She sniffed at the dew-scented air and hmmphed loudly before turning on her heel and disappearing into the garage, as if offended by the chittering of squirrels and the warmth of the rising sun on her face.

I watched from the living room window. “I think it’s safe, Jake,” I whispered.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $106.00   Rank: 1  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 21
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Gram

by John Prescott

The killings didn’t start all at once. They were scattered out over two years' time like a dash of pepper. One here, one there - so no logical connection could be made. It was smart thinking, and it wasn’t until after midnight on a cold December morning two years later that I had the truth of the matter revealed to me.

The horror of it all is still quite mind-numbing, so I sit and write this down for those who come after me. I will do better. My plans will go unspoiled, and the trail I leave will grow over before the next one is even thought about. I get ahead of myself though; since it would seem to start at the beginning as most stories often do, I will, too.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 38  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 35

All-Time Patron Rankings:

Rank Name
1Cori Jones
2Tony Ferrero
3Liz 
4Stuart Ackerman
5Catherine 
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 Death77.78%
5Near Death75.00%
6Valiant70.00%
7One of Those Days68.42%
8Forgiven66.67%
9The Bloodstained Defile66.67%
10Tales of The Hang Buddy65.38%

Recent Submissions:

Title
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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