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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Will The Wheat Fields Grow?

by Brianna Firestave

Small, frightened. A little fox-boy clung to his father. Small silver tears swept down his freckled cheeks as he looked up at the stern, older fox-man.

“Benjamin”, the older Alopeid patted his son’s head. He felt there to be no need for the boy to cry.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 215  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 215
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What's Become of Derian Mutzki

by J. Leland Kupferberg

In the history of hockey, there's never been a guy like Derian Mutzki. As the Global Hockey League's leading scorer for nine consecutive seasons, he had every reason to be one cocky son of a bitch. But never Mutzki - at heart, he was just a smalltown kid done good. Yes, he was married to a voluptuous blonde ex-model, but so were the rest of us - at least those of us who were tired of the weeknight flings at airport motels with the local pimple-faced groupie.

The point is, from the start, we knew Mutzki was cut from a different cloth. The precision, the finesse, the charisma - he had it all. As for me, I was one of your typical league grunts - the kind of shmo whose hockey card seemed to turn up in triplets in every pack you ever bought as a kid. "Sure, he isn't great with a puck," they said when they brought me up as a tenth round draft pick with the Pittsburgh Polars, "but shit, he's big." And that was my ticket - bigness. Anyone tried to take out Mutzki with a cheap slash or a sock in the head, and they'd have to answer to me. All in all, a great job, if you don't mind the false dentures.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 13  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 2
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What I Love Most

by Stephen Stanford

It was a school day and Jamie was playing with his friends in the playground.

Soon the bell rang and the children hurried into class.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 21  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 13
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The Resurrection of Howard Stein

by Malyndi Shaffer

I have been a successful advertisement executive for twenty years, and a damn good one at that. I can sweet talk with the best of them, bring competitors to their knees with one lift of my brow, and my smile can seal a deal faster than the destruction of a California earth quake. I am a marketing genius, but where does one go when riding on the crest of a wave for twenty years? Crash is inevitable. And crash I did.

I knew the price that I paid daily for choosing my career over anything else in my life. Family was secondary; clients reigned supreme. There was never a choice between my daughter’s ballet recital and dinner with a consumer. The buyer won every time. I never saw a single ballet performance until the day when the job that I had dedicated my life to bit me in the ass. A dog should never bite the hand that feeds him, but my company must not have received the memo on such idealistic idioms. Who was I kidding? I knew that once I became dispensable I would be discarded like a steaming pile of compost. No one wants the stench of failure to ruin the fresh linen smell of success.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $5.00   Rank: 12  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 47

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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