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Deathmatch 2017 – Semifinals


Lightning Round, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Final

Rules:

Step One: Read the stories.
Step Two: Create a user account for comment and voting access.
Step Three: Vote for your favourite. Repeatedly. You can vote once every hour.
Step Four: Sound off in the comments.
Step Five: Blog, tweet, tell all your friends – help your favourite author win!   #bpdeathmatch
Step Six: Repeat until Deathmatch Champion is crowned winner!

Step One: Read the stories.
Step Two: Vote for your favourite. Repeatedly. You can vote once every hour.
Step Three: Sound off in the comments.
Step Four: Blog, tweet, tell all your friends – help your favourite author win!
Step Five: Repeat until an Ultimate Winner is declared and all others lie bleeding in the dust.

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 In keeping with your warrior theme, A.G., here’s a short fragment from ‘The Ballad of the Round of Four’:

THE ROUND OF FOUR (Semi-Finals, Day 1)

“Welcome back, you weary warriors,
Bruised by battles fought and won
Bid farewell to fallen comrades
And with your chins up soldier on

Here at crest of mountain top
We enter now the Round of Four
Sit down to parley, rest our limbs,
And gently cede the tools of war(?)

I, for one, will happ’ly answer
All serious questions justly framed
Put to us from round this circle
About the ancient writing game

But let those here in council meet
And of these tales hold their debates
For we, the Tellers, cannot choose
Amongst them whose alone is great…”

(Actually, I think they are all pretty great, which is why this is really the week where I hope the other participants, not the authors, will take it upon themselves to make a case for the stories they prefer, with us cheering from the sidelines and interjecting when necessary.)

In any case… Once again, it begins. Good luck, scribes! 🙂” – P.D. Walter