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After a tumultuous two weeks, today begins the final round of the 2017 Indie Writers’ Deathmatch! The home stretch begins today – the last two stories in the running are Susan Read’s Failure to Cooperate and P.D Walter’s Sick to Death of Stories. If your February has been busy, take a moment this week to sit down, have a snack, and check out the final two stories still in the running! With a week left, there’s more than enough time to get involved on the comment board and show your support. You can vote once every hour! The votes for both these stories have been strong all February, so if you want a particular story to win, be sure to cast your votes.Showing your support on Twitter might land you some sweet rewards – use the #bpDeathmatch hashtag in your tweets and the user with the most retweets will win a one-year subscription to Broken Pencil.
Taking a look at the comment board, one can see that even after two weeks of constant battling, there’s still humour to be found in the Deathmatch comment arena. P.D Walter begins the day with a (slightly mournful) ballad. Previously eliminated Deathmatcher Hege Lepri returns to the board to write an awe-inspiring poem dedicated to the final round:

And then there were two

Out of the wild flock of wordsmiths unleashed
Washed ashore by winds from the north-east
Making it here has been no feast
A constant war with a mighty beast
But the two of them are alive at least.

In the ocean behind, those who didn’t pull through
Lizards and poets who went down as they knew
That they wouldn’t stand among the last few
And others would drink the victor’s brew
But the two stand tall as they start anew.

Hop on over to deathmatch.ca and get in on the action while you still can! Once again – you can vote in the Deathmatch once an hour and every vote counts! It may be the final round, but the competition is far from over!