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Broken Pencil Magazine’s Indie Writers Deathmatch

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Broken Pencil Magazine’s Indie Writers Deathmatch

Broken Pencil Magazine has announced its First Annual Indie Writers Deathmatch Short Story Contest.

From the Broken Pencil website:
Do your words bleed? Think you're the greatest writer in Indietown? Prove it! Broken Pencil presents The Indie Writers Deathmatch -- the ultimate fiction contest, where the culture's most hardcore stories are pitted against each other in a fight to the finish. Eight stories will face off in our Online Arena, but only one will emerge victorious. Will it be yours? Enter now and kick some Indie Lit ass.

Since 1995, Broken Pencil Magazine has published some of the edgiest and most dangerous fiction from writers across Canada and throughout the world. Now, the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts announces its very first short story contest -- but with the kind of twist you'd expect from the mag that's had its finger on the country's creative pulse for over a decade. The winning story will be decided by Broken Pencil readers themselves, through a vote on the official magazine website. It's a literary fight to death: the Broken Pencil Indie Writers Deathmatch!

The top eight submissions will be selected by the Broken Pencil fiction team, and posted to a new Contest Page on the website. Each week, two stories will be pitted against each other in the online arena, where anyone and everyone can read them and vote on which one deserves to reign supreme. The authors will be in constant communication with their audience through a blog which they can use to hype up their own story, or talk trash about their opponent. When the dust settles, only one surviving story will be declared the winner; the bruised but triumphant writer will have his or her story published in Broken Pencil's upcoming Fiction Issue, and will also receive an Indie Lit Library -- tons of books from some of Canada's most groundbreaking small presses, valued at $500 -- as well as $250 cash and a Broken Pencil prize pack! This is an opportunity like no other for writers who want to prove that they have what it takes to make it in the inexorable domain of indie culture.

  • Entry fee is $20, by credit card, or by cheque or money order made out to Broken Pencil. Entry fee includes a one year subscription to Broken Pencil, or a one-year extension for current subscribers. Enter online at or mail submissions to Broken Pencil, PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, ON, M5S 2S7
  • Contest is open to original unpublished fiction of 1000-3000 words.
  • Deadline for entries is December 31, 2007.

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