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

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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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Bryant West

by Salvatore Buttaci

If a word had to be found to sum up Bryant West, he himself would opt for “ironic,” and he’d be right! The man was irony personified.

He read the invitation his wife had left on the huge cherry-oak desk in what he called “the lion’s den,” and twisted his mouth into his usual grimace. “Spring has sprung!” he read aloud. “Welcome to our annual Gala Event to be held again this year at the Regal Palms. Let’s see if we can exceed last year’s financial contribution to St. Dominic’s Orphanage and bring smiles to the faces of those children!”

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 105  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 105
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Snow Rose

by Christina Solomon


Snow Rose

Snow Rose

In a faraway kingdom, there lived a kind hearted mother, Sahomi. She lived with her husband. The kingdom was ruled by the evil queen. She had a baby boy. His name was Rock. Sahomi had a baby girl named Snow Rose. She was the most beautiful girl who was born in that kingdom.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 244  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 244
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Blood Cure

by Varsha Dinesh

He looked a little bundle of joy to me.

He was only as small as the palm of my hand, a miniscule baby, hardly anything dangerous or an entity to be feared. He had the most intense blue eyes; I saw when I reluctantly peeked over the shroud that covered all but his head..My breath had caught in my throat when the weak mother had handed him to me, the oneshe would have done good to fear and shy away from.

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 65  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 65
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The Brazen Image

by J. Leland Kupferberg

Yisgadal v’yiskadash sh’may roboh…Amen. The words rolled off Sid Granot’s tongue as casually - and as thoughtlessly - as if he were ordering a tongue sandwich at the 2nd Avenue Deli. However, this was the 2nd Avenue Kielcer Congregation, and Sid found himself standing amid his fellow congregants, intoning the traditional Mourner’s Kaddish in memory of a dead father who had passed away eight months previously in the midst of ordering a tongue sandwich at the 2nd Avenue Deli.

In accordance with Jewish custom, coupled with a pre-mortem plea from Sid’s father, Sid was to attend synagogue every day for up to one year following his father’s death, intoning the ancient Aramaic prayer three times daily - morning, afternoon, and evening. The rationale, as Sid understood it, was that once a parent passed on, it was the son’s duty to ensure that the parent secured a treasured slot in heaven - primarily by intoning the Mourner’s Kaddish, thrice daily, for up to a year. The problem, as Sid’s father had mapped it out, was that nobody actually knew the criteria for gaining admission, so the Kaddish, at the end of play, was thrown in - like bonus points in a cosmic pinball game. “I don’t ask for much, Sidalah,” his father had asked, “but give me a good reference when I’m gone.”

Category: Short story  /  Cumulative Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 14  /  Month's Earnings: $0.00   Rank: 3

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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