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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Raven Rising

by Mystic3lle M

'Prologue'I was Saged by a man call Vasper VaDale.That was all I know so far from these past two weeks when a Raven guard brought me food once. They always did every single meal hours on a paper tray with bread, milk and on special days a slice of leftover ham and some butter.Prison food sucks to begin with. The bread was always stale, and the milk tasted grimly sour. Only the mice enjoyed this type of food, typically they party here every night. There was a lot of vats and roaches roaming around in this cold, dusty room. I'd gotten used to them now I think.My mom never appreciated them ever since they lived right under our basement at home. House pest were tiny burglar nobody wanted to invite inside their home. My brother and I, we'd chase them all the time with a broom whenever we saw one in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and only a few of them managed to crawl inside our bedrooms. None of them ever survived just like us, my family and I, the entire Crow clan.Few of the Crow clan's population survived the Raven's Claw. Hundreds of those whom survived were all Saged and controlled by them. Some of surrendered to be Saged just to live. We're like the house pests hunted down by the Ravens. We fled in different part of the world hiding under the shadows from them while most of us stayed behind to fight. Most of us chose death over being captured.We didn't want to be treated as slaves.We didn't want to turn against our own kind.We didn't want them to overpower us any longer.We will fight till the final Uprise.But most of us find it hard to resist the control of our Sagers.I hated the man whom Saged me: General Vasper VaDale. He was not noble, like the guard Phil had described, to let a weak, useless, Crow girl like me live. He did not understand why Vasper VaDale let me live or the reason why he'd Saged me either.I didn't like Phil at all. I especially despise my Sager for hunting down my family in cold blood and letting me live up to this horrible point of no return and when he's finished with me he'd killed me for sure. I'd rather died a happy,young noble hearted Crow rather than a traitor against my own people, my family, friends and clan.That's when I, Libra Harden, must learn to never to trust him or any of his kind.

'Chapter 1: Burned'"Did you smell that?" I sniffed the air for the second time, pulling on a deep grimace. My nose detected smoke. It smelt acridly just like burning rubber tires in gasoline oils.. and a timber-y acid corrosion? I didn't like it whatever it was. Nor did my younger sister, Cal, like it much.

Category: Novel  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 39  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 39
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And We All Fall Down

by Gregory Sacchet


So there we were…15 years old in the summer of 76'. I met Bobby and we hung-out every day for one glorious summer. It was a summer which would stay with me for a lifetime. We were constantly is search of new adventures, new girls, and new troubles. Bobby had his gang of cronies; all from his elementary school days. There was Joe, Ken, David, Cazzie, and Glenn. Now Joe had a sister, Lisa. She was one year older than us and we were enamored with her. We all wanted her, and none of us were brave enough to ask out an "older girl." One day, Scott, a local kid, began spreading rumors that Lisa was engaging in amoral activities with neighborhood boys. Joe was furious. He had to defend his sister's honor. The poor kid was just starved for attention, meant no harm by it, but we didn't see it that way. All we saw was the reputation of our Lisa being sullied by this lonely malcontent. We decided to straighten him out. 

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 204  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 204
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Long way to kashmir.

by james brindley

Long way to Kashmir.

I was told by Mr. Goonar Junior the bus journey from Delhi to Srinagar in the far north of Kashmir would take 27 hours. Grueling enough you would think. It would in fact take 42 hours. The promise of having three days in his fathers wood paneled house boat on serene Dal Lake, nestled in amongst the mighty Himalayas, with three meals a day, and a servant at my disposal, bus travel included. For three thousand rupees, around thirty pounds, how could I refuse?

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 173  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 173

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 Death77.78%
5Near Death75.00%
7One of Those Days68.42%
9The Bloodstained Defile66.67%
10Tales of The Hang Buddy65.38%

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Autobiography by Elsa Emmalise
World Tour Diary (1) by Radu Prodan
Take flight, Dodo bird by Peter Peh
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