From Broken Pencil‘s website:
Since 2008, Broken Pencil: the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts, has been running one of the world’s most audacious short story contests.
In the Indie Writers’ Deathmatch, the top eight submitted stories as selected by Broken Pencil are pitted against each other two by two. 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 trash-talk their opponent’s writing. The winning story moves on to the next round until there are only two stories left, battling it out for ultimate victory!
With over 25,000 votes cast, the Deathmatch is a high stakes struggle for literary bragging rights!
Of course, there’s more than bragging rights to be had, with a consultation with a literary agent Sam Hiyate, feedback session with Russell Smith, another feedback session with Coach House Books, plus publication in Broken Pencil and cold hard cash.
Deadline for the Deathmatch is December 31st, 2012. Enter if you dare.