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One of the most common phrases used by the voters in our preliminary bouts was "This is so hard! I like them both."  Unfortunately, only one contestant could advance in every bout, which meant somebody had to lose. The luck of the draw can be a cruel beast sometimes. But here is your opportunity to reverse someone's fortune.

You now can give three contestants a lifeline to a second chance. Below is a list of the writers who came up short in their preliminary bouts. It is a partial list right now because bouts are still being decided, so I'll be filling in the list as more bouts are finalized. That is why we give you all week to make up your mind. You may want to wait until later in the week to place your votes.

Sometime before Sunday, Jan 9th (noon central time) post a comment below with the names of no more than THREE writers you feel deserve a second chance to advance. The names can be any of those listed below (once all fifteen names are filled in), regardless of when the bout took place. No critique is necessary for this round. To help refresh your memory I suggest clicking on the relevant name to be taken to their bout, or use the links embedded on the WRiTE CLUB Scoreboard located HERE

Lil Manning
Elettra Miller
The Comet
Wheelock's Latin
Durden Mayhem
Turin Turambar
Dark Stormy

This is the last chance for some of these writers, so make it count.


WRiTE CLUB is a tournament-style competition that provides writers the opportunity to compete against one another for a chance to win a host of prizes. Our writers submitted 500-word writing samples under pen names and have appeared in head-to-head in “bouts”, with the winner of each match determined by our readers—by voting for their favorites. Bout winners keep advancing until there are only two remaining and that’s when a panel of celebrity judges, who include well know authors, agents, editors, and other publishing folks, choose the ultimate champion.

Anyone can vote (as long as you have a Google sign-in or verifiable email address). Oh, I forgot to mention that the voters have a chance to win a $50 Wild Lark Books Noble gift card. Each time you vote in a bout your name will be placed in a hat and at the end of the contest, one name will be selected to receive the prize. 

A few more rules –

1) One vote (with 3 names) per visitor per bout.
2) Although our contestants are anonymous, voters cannot be. Anonymous votes will not count, so if you do not have a Google account and are voting as a guest, be sure to include your name and email address.
3) Using any method (email, social media, text, etc) to solicit votes for a specific contestant will cause that contestant's immediate disqualification. It’s perfectly okay, in fact, it is encouraged to spread the word about the contest to get more people to vote, just not for a specific writer!
4) Although more of a suggestion than a rule - cast your vote before you read other comments. Do not let yourself be swayed by the opinions of others.

NEXT WEEK - The Cage Bouts begin!

Finally, in order to keep this contest going AND GROWING, I'm asking folks to donate to the cause on my Ko-fi account. Let me assure you, 100% of the donations will go towards the contest prizes for this year and next!

Please help all our writers out by telling everyone you know what is happening here and encouraging them to come vote.

This is WRiTE CLUB—the contest where the audience gets clobbered!


  1. Sunflower -- with the emotions from your crayon, you deserve another chance
    The Comet -- who reminds me of my own book must go onward
    Vaxxy -- the political fiction genre often makes people uncomfortable, and it looks like the reason you didn't enough votes was because you did exactly that (though adding twists may have helped)

    I feel strong enough about these three to cast my save votes now.

  2. I vote for

    Elettra Miller - love the MC in the story so would be interested to see what other stories you have to tell.

    Blueface - the worldbuilding was excellent looking forward to seeing more stories from you.

    Vaxxy - bold to choose a topic that sparks so many emotions, hope to see you in the cage bouts.

  3. I'm casting my votes for Wheelock's Latin, ch3ru, and MIM.

  4. I'm casting my votes for MIM, Vaxxy, and Elettra Miller. Great job to all!

  5. Flipside, Durden Mayhem, and MIM.
    So glad to have a save week!

  6. Flipside, Durden Mayhem, and Bashert.

  7. Congratulations to all the entrants so far!
    Voting for TurinTurambar, Blueface and Durden Mayhem!

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    1. by Brandi Schonberg (reply login account didn't work :( )

  9. Durden Mayhem 🙃
    The Comet ☄
    Vaxxy 💉

  10. So glad for another opportunity to vote for my favorites:

    Elettra Miller

    Good luck to you all.

  11. Mim
    The Comet

    Mim is my favorite out of this group. I hope it goes forward.

  12. My save votes go to Mim, Dark Story, and Durden Mayhem!

  13. Uh, sorry -- that should be Dark Stormy.

  14. Vote goes to Mim, Flipside, and Bashert.
    A little thought on the Save Round. Personally, I think it should come after the cage bouts, not before. That said, I really hope the three saves don't face each other in the cage bout round this year. Pitting three stories that lost in the first round against each other ensures a first-round knockout a playoff spot and a chance to submit a new piece. Being a sports guy, it goes against all bracketology logic. They should be pitted against winners other than the ones they faced in the early rounds. Just an idea.

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    1. Iradessa won their bout and therefore does not need to be saved. You can select one more if you wish.

  16. Just the one for me: Flipside. An underestimated story, I think, with the strong emotions hidden where I like them: between the lines. I hope to see more!




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