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 Drummer Yusipov

by Salvatore Buttaci

Dmitri claimed he had played in the Dave Clark Five back in the 1960s. He claimed it over and over. Truth was, his only fame rested on the fact that billions in the world did not know Dmitri Yusipov even existed, let alone his wingless aspirations hopping from one drum dream to the next. No one but a couple of his only friends were aware of his search for fame, fortune, and that old favorite of dreamers––immortality.

“I was the relief drummer,” Dmitri said. This in response to Jill the barmaid’s “You hardly touched your drink, D.”

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $15.00   Rank: 7  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 60
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by Daniel Miller

nThe night was dark and rainy, the kind of night when no one wants to be out. Roosevelt Franklin Simonson was walking toward his car in the parking lot behind the store. This was going to be a big sale that would give him the extra money he needed for a special dinner with his wife and daughters. Praise the Lord!

They were his pride and joy. They were faithful to their Lord and Savior and gave him a reason to thank his heavenly Father daily. Roosevelt loved his wife, Sharon, and was blessed to have her as his partner for life. They had been married since graduating college twelve years ago. It had been rocky at the start, but she asked him to go to church with her for Christmas one year. He realized that he needed to turn his life over to the Lord. Now he followed his Lord’s will seeking to give Him thanks for every blessing.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 74  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 74
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Gammerman's Choice

by Paul Beckman

Gammerman knew that he shouldn’t send the email, he even paused and said to himself, “Gammerman, don’t send that email.” And then he hit the send key. That in a nutshell is the story of Gammerman’s life—he always knew what his choices were and when push came to shove he took the most harmful to himself.

And, like many others in his life, this choice couldn’t be undone even if he wanted to. There was no way to recall the email, not that he considered doing so for even a nanosecond.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 18  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 9
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The Crumpled Paper

by T.S. 

The Crumpled Paper

I’m no genius, no child protégée, just me. I can’t write like a girl, handwriting all neat, but I’m not like the boys either, always wanting to act like a bitch in heat. This story is just about me, written in the twistedforms of psychology, learned and manipulated by the tall guy in front of me. But you see all this rhyme here in front of me? Truth is, I wrote this at two, skipping school, and every word I penned down, I got it off the face of a well known underground rapper who was made a public fool. (Pierrots, seemingly is a better befitting word, but that doesn’t rhyme, now does it?)

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 229  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 229

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%

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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