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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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Shot by Both Sides

by Dave Carmichael

We marched east, still on full alert, skirting the city centre. From the direction we had come we could hear shouts fading into the night, but no-one else confronted us and we were able to relax a little and drop the makeshift weapons we had picked up. Conversation was minimal as we moved, at pace, until the glowing orb of the centre was behind us and our boots began to echo off the labyrinth of darkened, terraced, streets in which we found ourselves. I could see, in the dreary glow of the occasional street light, that Gaz was getting more and more irate; grinding his teeth and clenching his fists.

Eventually he spat: “Someone’s gotta pay.”

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 228  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 228
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The Artist

by Santos Lopez

The sun begins to set, and I am tired. A nice subtle breeze sooths my lightly burnt face. It does not help me much thou. Every step the cart seems to get heavier. Thirst seems to rip my throat every time I swallow. Bao and Xang pull the carts ahead they are both older then me. They are also tired but always have conversation to ease the trip. They say I’m immature so they rarely speak to me, not even in the market place… My arms and legs are numb and I feel dizzy at times, but I will not quit I have to stay close. Today I barely sold anything in the market place. Papa will not be pleased. Bao and Xang sold well as always. Papa says I will never be good at anything. Ever since mama died papa has stayed home while we go work at the market. He says that once I’m older I will have to stay and work the farm. He says I’m not good for anything… I miss mama…She would always hold me and tell me not to listen to my papa. I would always draw pictures for mama. Mama would kiss me all over my face and tell me, I would be a great artist one day. I felt special and talented. I miss her so much… She said I would be a great one day…

I don’t know anymore…I am so hungry my stomach seems to talk with anger.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 202  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 202
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One Bedroom Apartment

by Zach Sampinos

I sit up in her bed, eyes fixed buzzy on the Korean BBQ sign across the street. We made love tonight, for the first time in over a month. Her snores grind through the thick air of the apartment. I hear her cats, Parry and Mel, crashing across the kitchen’s hardwood, trying to escape their impossible boredom. Louder than her cats, her ex, Todd, bops around in her living room.

I slip out of bed careful not to wake her. The carpet tickles my bare feet, and I see the living room lamp on. Todd, with both earbuds in, looks through the DVDs on the mantelpiece. His windbreaker, smokes and keys are in a pile on the floor. I felt like a spy in my own girlfriends house, I step up to his shoulders, tap him on the back, remind him some people have to work in the morning.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 56  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 55
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Love Doesn't Come Easy

by Lashonda Johnson

LOVE DOESN’T COME EASY!

BY: MISS RADIANCE

Category: Novel  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 11  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 9

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 Death76.47%
5Near Death75.00%
6One of Those Days72.22%
7Valiant70.00%
8Forgiven66.67%
9Tales of The Hang Buddy65.38%
10Wreck of the Marie Jenny65.00%

Recent Submissions:

Title
Incarnate by Jose Quinones
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