Indie Writer’s Deathmatch 2018


JANUARY 15, 11:59 PM


Broken Pencil’s Ruthless Short Story Contest Has Returned!

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!  Find out more HERE.

The complete Deathmatch history is HERE.

Deathmatch rules and regulations are HERE.

Read stories from previous Deathmatch contests that have BLOWN OUR MINDS!

The Deathmatch Hall of Fame: Read the Winners!

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The Winner Gets:

  • Their story published in Broken Pencil: the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts.
  • $400 cash
  • The Ultimate Literary Makeover: In Depth Consultations with an Indepedent Press Editor, A Literary Agent and an Acclaimed Fiction Writer. They will give you feedback on your writing, guide you on entering the publishing industry, and tell you what to do next.


How the Deathmatch works:

The top 16 stories are selected by Broken Pencil’s fiction team.
They are then dropped into our online arena and pitted against each other in our weekend-long lighting round. Winning stories move on to the round-robin, one-on-one battles.

The Readers Decide:

The winning stories are decided by the readers themselves, with a public vote. In the online arena, anyone and everyone can read the stories and cast their ballots for the writer they think deserves to reign supreme. The authors will be in constant communication with their audience through the comment board, where they can respond to feedback, hype up their own story and trash-talk their opponents.

Over 100,000 Votes:

Tired of your stories fading into the oblivion? With over 100,000 votes cast every year, the Deathmatch is a high-stakes struggle for literary bragging rights! The winner of the Deathmatch lays claim to a giant fanbase of fiction loving weirdo enthusiasts. Are you strong enough for the Deathmatch? Are you ready to compete for complete and utter domination?

The Winner Gets: The Indie Writer’s Makeover

How would you like your work read by an established writer, a literary agent and an editor at an acclaimed publisher? Enter the Deathmatch and that might just happen!