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Deathmatch 2018 – Final


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I came home from school to find my mom in her room, surrounded by piles of jewelry. I saw everything from gaudy costume pieces to the diamond sets my dad had given her over the...
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Smile
Sophie-Anne Bélisle does not draw if her pencil does not have a hard-on. What tickles her imagination is the moments of ambiguity found in raw ordinary life or in total absurdity, and sometimes in a...
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308 comments

    1. kimbel ( Likes: 113 ) says:

      Very similar to the Olympics! What a coincidence! We could do a closing ceremony at the end of this contest…and sleep for days…

    2. martineg91 ( Likes: 365 ) says:

      Si Alexg peut chanter l’hymne nationale, je suis partante pour fêter la fin de ce concours !

  1. VickiNikolaidis ( Likes: 69 ) says:

    hey Christina! your story is good. I’m confused about the suicidal tendencies. I might have missed earlier comments on this. So is she really feeling suicidal or she testing herself or what? 🙂

  2. VickiNikolaidis ( Likes: 69 ) says:

    Sopihie, I’m for SMILE! we of the female species, smile and grit our teeth while all the time looking for a path of quick retreat! Me, too! 😉

    1. Christina Brown ( Likes: 1104 ) says:

      Totally agree! Sophie’s piece is so relatable. I admire the way she was able to find moments of lightheartedness in the stories as well. Such effective minimalism!

  3. blainevictoria ( Likes: 251 ) says:

    Christina, what kind of writing do you like to do best? Obviously, this was a short story competition. Can you see yourself writing a book some day?

    1. jorourke ( Likes: 241 ) says:

      I heard about your research into the lizard people and that was pretty intriguing to say the least.

    2. Sicatar ( Likes: 287 ) says:

      Lizard people… I’ll have to look that up. Sounds like a bad sci-fi movie from the 60s. Twilight Zone anyone?

    3. Christina Brown ( Likes: 1104 ) says:

      I’d say my favorite genre to work in is poetry. I like the freedom of the form and I LOVE the poetry community. I could definitely see myself coming out with a chapbook poetry collection 🙂

    1. VickiNikolaidis ( Likes: 69 ) says:

      I guess I am part of the European crew; will take over here where the sun is up. Congratulations Christina! and Go Sophie!! vote for nitty-gritty, real-life smile and show Sophie some love!

    1. xdreams ( Likes: 57 ) says:

      I’m fairly new to this but I find myself planning everything around my voting times. Sunday can’t come soon enough.

    2. brownjaydee ( Likes: 56 ) says:

      I don’t know how anyone can consistently vote unless they’re retired. I have to hand it to those who are full or part time employed or students.

    3. skiergirl ( Likes: 67 ) says:

      I’m a part time student and I have a job as well. I’m sure everyone can agree that budgeting whatever time you have is key and having friends to support you.

    1. sof ( Likes: 217 ) says:

      I’ve made it a point to not even look at it. It’s like weighing yourself every day when you’re dieting. You always think you’ve lost more than you really did and sometimes it can become discouraging.

    2. raceparks ( Likes: 203 ) says:

      What a great way to look at it. All of us would go above and beyond for our families and friends.

    1. Chol ( Likes: 200 ) says:

      yeah… After this Deathmatch, we should all put half of the time we’ve spent on this website to help out a charity or something

    2. martineg91 ( Likes: 365 ) says:

      Have you seen the Lost episode where they need to press a button every hour… or else the island could destroys itself… I feel just like them

    1. raceparks ( Likes: 203 ) says:

      I’m not at the NoDoz stage. Does that occur after quarterfinals? I guess there’s something to be said for joining at the final stage. Feeling relieved.

    2. Christina Brown ( Likes: 1104 ) says:

      I’m not sure I could handle another deathmatch, lol! It has been a great experience though. The writing world is huge so it is hard to say just how well known death match is, but judging by the number of votes I would assume it is fairly well known in it’s niche!

  4. fannironi ( Likes: 492 ) says:

    Sophie-Anne tu as bien fait d’amener la discussion sur des enjeux importants tel que la représentation des genres dans les histoires de science fiction dans les autres rondes. Moi je suis fière de toi!

    1. RWD0129 ( Likes: 225 ) says:

      It’s been very interesting as well as entertaining learning the ins and outs of this deathmatch process.

  5. freezappa ( Likes: 52 ) says:

    I’ve got a question for Ms. -anneBelisle.
    Since you are getting your ass handed to you in this match, I’m curious what important topic you are going to cheapen in an effort to make up some ground. In previous matches you tossed around rape culture accusations like they were confetti. Are you going to try and do that again? Have you considered trivializing school shootings? They’re pretty popular these days and with the death angle in the other story, I’m sure you of all people would be able to draw a connection. Let me know how it goes.

    1. martineg91 ( Likes: 365 ) says:

      Le “spécial du chef” du mardi, c’est une bd de Sophie-Anne, une salade de chou et un quart poitrine!

    1. RWD0129 ( Likes: 225 ) says:

      What a wild ride. I’ve never experienced anything like this before (and hopefully never again).

    2. raceparks ( Likes: 203 ) says:

      I can’t imagine those of you who have already been doing this for a couple of weeks. You have to admire tenacity.

    3. Richardrainen@gmail.com ( Likes: 59 ) says:

      Who knew this was going to blossom into this? Well we will have our own story to tell!

    1. Richardrainen@gmail.com ( Likes: 59 ) says:

      I am not sure that I would classify any part of this as “simple.” :/ Glad to support the arts, but phew this is a mental work out!

    2. raceparks ( Likes: 203 ) says:

      I’m new to this but from what I can see it is quite the competition. Best of luck Christina.

  6. Y. Lévesque ( Likes: 99 ) says:

    Je viens d’apprendre l’existence de ce concours et je dois souhaite féliciter Mme. Bélisle pour son travail. Si je puis me permettre une suggestion, je crois que l’amphithéatre devrait occuper une place plus importante dans vos planches puisqu’il s’agit d’un pôle culturel important dans le quartier.

    1. Mister_Pumpkin ( Likes: 419 ) says:

      I will never give sophie up! Haha I’ll keep on voting…i love you and hate you for posting this 😛

  7. Mister_Pumpkin ( Likes: 419 ) says:

    Christina, where can we find some of your poetry? I’m a friend of SAB but I like both your stories! Since poetry is your first love, I’m curious to read some ! Thanks and good luck !

    1. Christina Brown ( Likes: 1104 ) says:

      Thank you! I put some of my short pieces on the Instagram account @christinaleigh poetry, and I’ve got some more online publications in the works! I usually update that IG account when a new poem gets published, so following me there is the best way to stay up to date 🙂

    1. ECed ( Likes: 207 ) says:

      I’m screwed. I gave up sugar for Lent. Between that and this deathmatch competition, I’ll be needing therapy.

    2. raceparks ( Likes: 203 ) says:

      While I enjoy a good cupcake as much as anyone else, I’m all about the seasonal See’s Candy Mint Scotchmallows out now. Delicious!

    3. brownjaydee ( Likes: 56 ) says:

      I am not a cupcake fan either–I would rather have the ice cream 🙂 Oh and maybe some caramel on it, Of course, it can get sticky when reading!

    1. KDLara ( Likes: 75 ) says:

      I was curious as well. This is the first I’ve ever heard of this contest. I already referred a few of my friends.

    2. wdmory ( Likes: 215 ) says:

      It’s a great idea if you’ve got an abundance of time on your hands. That being said, I have enjoyed the different writing styles and techniques of each of these talented individuals.

    3. Christina Brown ( Likes: 1104 ) says:

      I have no idea how many authors submitted to deathmatch, but the published chose the 16 pieces they thought were the best 🙂 from there it became a popular vote. I would love to know how many writers submitted!

    1. Mister_Pumpkin ( Likes: 419 ) says:

      Le truc du range-chaussures en tuyaux de PVC peut-être ? Une autre idée inusité d’Alex !

    1. Kimlara ( Likes: 58 ) says:

      I might need to enter this contest next time around if a mediterrean cruise is the reward! (Searches for entry deadline)

    2. Christina Brown ( Likes: 1104 ) says:

      LOL those all sound like great ideas! If I win, the money will go toward my upcoming trip to Canada 😀

    3. SPatrick ( Likes: 65 ) says:

      To visit Sophie? Or are you Sophie?! Has anyone seen them both at the same time?! Let the conspiracy theories begin! Just kidding… Or am I?

    4. Y. Lévesque ( Likes: 99 ) says:

      A trip to Canada is a superb idea Christina. Québec City is a superb city and the winter is gorgeous there. I really enjoy going to the Hôtel de glace, it is a fantastic experience !

    1. CbEnneTt ( Likes: 100 ) says:

      This morning I was so confused in the bleary-eyed caffeine deprived predawn hours. Took a minute to register that the comments were in French. I was very relieved once I realized what was happening.

    2. RWD0129 ( Likes: 225 ) says:

      I’m enjoying it. Reminds me of a vacation oh so long ago. Paris, wine, chocolate, and cheese…

    3. KimiGril ( Likes: 70 ) says:

      I am enjoying it too. With subtitles and automatic translations on most web sites these days we don’t get to experience other languages all too often. Its great fun. Finally those years taking French in high school are paying off!

    1. CbEnneTt ( Likes: 100 ) says:

      Maybe not carpal tunnel but I have definitely reached the level of being able to vote in my sleep. Which I am sure I did several times last night. X.x

    2. KDLara ( Likes: 75 ) says:

      No, but I am alternating ice and heat on my tapping thumb in between every vote as a precautionary measure.

    3. blainevictoria ( Likes: 251 ) says:

      I’ve lost a couple of pounds and through sleep deprivation apparently the ability to complete an entire thoug Wait… what were we talking about??

    4. ShellyLara ( Likes: 126 ) says:

      Do you think a manager should accept “injured myself voting in a deathmatch” as an excusable absence from work? Asking for a friend…

    5. SPatrick ( Likes: 65 ) says:

      My life has become a series of tasks that can be completed before the timer goes off for the next vote. After the contest ends, I will once again know the unrestrained freedom of taking 61 minutes to do as I please. 😉

  8. wdmory ( Likes: 215 ) says:

    As someone who as always enjoyed your stories and poems, I look forward to all your future writing endeavors. You have definitely found your niche. Congrats!

    1. Carolyn35 ( Likes: 251 ) says:

      Any time you can witness someone evolve and develop his or her own special talents is always a wonderful if not enlightening experience.

    2. Christina Brown ( Likes: 1104 ) says:

      Thanks for asking! I do post some short pieces on an Instagram account: @christinaleighpoetry, and I have a few online publications in the works! I try to announce all my publications through that IG account so that’s a good way to stay up to date 🙂

  9. marciaed3 ( Likes: 277 ) says:

    Christina – obviously a lot of critiques on all the various stories these past couple of weeks. Any changes you would now make to yours if you could do a rewrite?

    1. Christina Brown ( Likes: 1104 ) says:

      Great question! I’ve definitely gotten some really helpful feedback on my story. I think in future drafts I’ll work on delving deeper into the relationships between the characters. I’ll also play with rounding out the narrator and keeping her minimal and find a balance that I like 🙂

    1. kimbel ( Likes: 113 ) says:

      What is happening exactly (or not happening) ? Is the «vote» sign on the cleaver write or grey ? For me, it’s harder to click on the mobile. Try with your computer maybe?

    2. Sicatar ( Likes: 287 ) says:

      A couple of times I had the same thing happen. I had to completely shut down my computer for a few seconds and then restart it. I was able to vote afterwards. Other than that, all I can say is to check your Internet speed connection to make sure it’s running properly.

    3. Kimlara ( Likes: 58 ) says:

      I was having trouble too and resetting my browser did the trick. I hope it works for you too.

    1. Carolyn35 ( Likes: 251 ) says:

      You’re pulling out Uggs?! That’s pretty serious. I’m getting the chains ready for the car!

    2. ShellyLara ( Likes: 126 ) says:

      I enjoyed voting while watching olympics all day yesterday. Now i am back to work trying to vote during breaks. I hope nobody thinks I’ll of me for taking so many trips to the bathroom.

    1. davidc ( Likes: 239 ) says:

      Yes it seems like it is happening for real now, even though the previous matches were deadly as well :~)

  10. Sicatar ( Likes: 287 ) says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I was fried last night. It was intense! So happy for Christina and Sophie. Both deserving winners and writers.

    1. Carolyn35 ( Likes: 251 ) says:

      I agree. Everyone gave it their all and it made it quite exciting. Two great stories left.

  11. Christina Brown ( Likes: 1104 ) says:

    Bye Sean and Ryan! Thanks for death matching with us. Can’t wait to see all our stories published together in the next issue of BP!

    And congrats Sophie! I’m excited for this week 😀

    1. davidc ( Likes: 239 ) says:

      On se remet à peine de cette intense fin de semaine de votation et ça recommence! Au diable le sommeil, on dormira la semaine prochaine!

    2. GuylaineTurcotte58 ( Likes: 130 ) says:

      Avec vos folies, je vais être obligée de traîner mon passeport pour aller au COSTCO! Lâchez pas gang!

    3. GuylaineTurcotte58 ( Likes: 130 ) says:

      Oh! Mon commentaire aurait dû apparaître dans la conversation plus haut. Oupelaï ! Scusez-la!

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