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The Deathmatch Hall of Fame

Not everyone has the stomach for it, but these indie writers reigned victorious in their years in the Deathmatch pit. With Deathmatch 2018 now open for submissions until December 31, 2017, we’re taking a look back at the past winners of the ruthless short story contest.

Click here to submit your story.

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Zine Review: All Together

All Together: A Primer for Connecting to Place & Cultivating Ecological Citizenship

Emma Percy, epercy95@gmail.com, emmapercy.com, free

When is the last time you’ve considered communities you are a part of, or what local plant and animal species are indigenous to your area? When was the last time you thought about watershed boundaries? These are just a few topics All Together asks its reader to contemplate, and to my surprise, my answer was: never?

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Art Zine Review: An A-Z of Holes

An A-Z of Holes

Zine, Joseph Harris, josephbernardharris@gmail.com

Do you remember those A-Z books your parents would read to you to help you read and learn your alphabet? That’s what this is, except there is a one-inch hole drilled in the middle of the book and each letter represents a type of hole.

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Zine Review: The Downtown Eastside Women’s Art Collective, Issue 2

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Art Collective

Mixed media zine, edited by Jessica Todd, Jenn McDermid and Hanna Fazio, Issue #2, eastsideartscollective.wordpress.com

In the realm of objecthood and zines, DEWAC’s collection of art and poetry stands out. It’s not because it boasts left-of-centre design or makes some deft moves with a pair of scissors and some materials. It’s simply because it is a sleekly produced zine with glossy pages showing off the vibrant colours of the artwork oh-so-well.

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Deathmatch 2018 is now open!

Welcome to the Deathmatch Short Story Contest, the world’s only and most dangerous interactive short story competition. Enter your story HERE.

What exactly is the Indie Writer’s Deathmatch? It’s an online battle. The top 16 stories battle it out online complete with reader voting, author trash talk and lots of comments. It’s fun and crazy and all about finding and promoting new voices!  The winners get publication in Broken Pencil: Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts, plus cash money. The grand prize winner also gets the Indie Writer’s Makeover — Consultations with an Agent, a Publisher and an acclaimed Writer. Find out more HERE. The complete Deathmatch history is HERE.

Deathmatch rules and regulations are HERE. Read some of the stories from previous Deathmatch contests that have BLOWN OUR MINDS!

Questions? Email us at fiction@brokenpencil.com. Visit Deathmatch.ca for updates.

Excerpt: BBHMM

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