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Preliminary Rounds

Round 1 - Little Darlin vs  Lord Codpiece  /  Winner - Lord Codpiece
Round 2 - NotAnna vs Swick / Winner - Swick
Round 3 - Sophie Grace vs Dreamer / Winner - Dreamer
Round 4 - Anna MacKenzie vs Nanato4 / Winner - Nanato4

Round 5Bartholomew Boulstridge Bell vs  Fitzwilliam / Winner - Fitzwilliam
Round 6 - Imladris vs Bug Written / Winner - Imladris

Round 7 - Pixie Moon vs Miss Drake / Winner - Miss Drake
Round 8 - Cocktail Lion vs Petrichor / Winner - Petrichor
Round 9 - Salome vs Sapphire Eyes / Winner - Sapphire Eyes
Round 10 - Crux vs Huntress / Winner - Huntress
Round 11 - Dame Hortense Pemberton  vs  Hingle McKringleberry / Winner - Dame Hortense Pemberton
Round 12 - Octavia Worldsend vs The Baron / Winner - The Baron
Round 13 - BellaD vs ArwenWriter / Winner - ArwenWriter
Round 14 -
Karmann Ghia vs texgirly / Winner - Karmann Ghia
Round 15 - A. Bard vs Writer22 / Winner - A. Bard
Round 16 - Twilight Sparkle vs Wrinkled Suit / Winner - Twilight Sparkle

Saved -  NotAnna
Saved -  Cocktail Lion

Playoff Rounds

Round One Bout 1 -  Fitzwilliam vs The Baron / Winner - The Baron
Round One Bout 2 -  Dame Hortense Pemberton vs petrichor / Winner - petrichor
Round One Bout 3 -  Nanato4 vs  Cocktail Lion / Winner - Cocktail Lion
Round One Bout 4 -  Swick vs ArwenWriter / Winner - Swick
Round One Bout 5 -  Huntress vs NotAnna / Winner - NotAnna
Round One Bout 6 -  A. Bard vs Imladris / Winner - A. Bard

Round One Bout 7 -  Miss Drake vs Dreamer / Winner - Miss Drake
Round One Bout 8 -  Karmann Ghia vs Twilight Sparkle / Winner - Twilight Sparkle
Round One Bout 9 -  Sapphire Eyes vs Lord Codpiece / Winner - Lord Codpiece

Wildcard Winner - Nanato4

Round Two Bout 1 - petrichor vs  Miss Drake / Winner - petrichor
Round Two Bout 2 - Cocktail Lion vs A. Bard / Winner - Cocktail Lion
Round Two Bout 3 - The Baron vs NotAnna / Winner - The Baron
Round Two Bout 4 - Twilight Sparkle vs Lord Codpiece / Winner - Lord Codpiece
Round Two Bout 5 - Nanato4 vs Swick / Winner - Swick

Wildcard Winner - Miss Drake

Round Three Bout 1 -  The Baron vs Lord Codpiece / Winner - Lord Codpiece
Round Three Bout 2 -  Miss Drake vs The Cocktail Lion / Winner - Cocktail Lion
Round Three Bout 3 - petrichor vs Swick / Winner - Swick

Wildcard Winner - petrichor

Semi-Final One - Lord Codpiece vs  petrichor  / Winner - Lord Codpiece
Semi-Final Two - Cocktail Lion vs Swick / Winner - Cocktail Lion

Final - Lord Codpiece vs Cocktail Lion

2014 Champion -  Lord Codpiece aka Dan Koboldt

Here are the 2014 judges for the final round this year.

Jonathan Maberry -  a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a twenty countries.  His young adult fiction includes ROT & RUIN (2011; now in development for film; named in Booklist’s Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner; nominee for several state Teen Book Awards; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards); DUST & DECAY (winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award; FLESH & BONE (finalist for the Bram Stoker Award; 2012; and FIRE & ASH (August 2013).  His thrillers include The Joe Ledger Thrillers from St. Martin’s Griffin (PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel; THE DRAGON FACTORY, 2010; THE KING OF PLAGUES, 2011; ASSASSIN’S CODE, 2011; EXTINCTION MACHINE, 2013; CODE ZER0, 2014, PREDATOR ONE, 2015, and JOE LEDGER: THE MISSING FILES, 2011 from Blackstone Audio.

Jonathan has published several dozen short stories in a variety of genres: mystery, horror, thriller, science fiction, military fiction, fantasy, western, urban fantasy, humor and others. In 2012 Blackstone Audio released two collections of Jonathan’s short stories: Tales from the Fire Zone and Hungry Tales.

Jonathan’s Big Scary Blog ( focuses on the publishing industry.  Jonathan’s interviews include Sandra Brown, Gayle Lynds, Alafair Burke, Charlaine Harris, James Rollins, Harlan Coben, Jeff Abbott, John Saul, Jonathan Kellerman, Barry Eisler, CJ Box, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jack Ketchum, Tom Piccarilli, Dale Brown, Kevin J. Anderson, Joe Lansdale, Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Carrie Ryan, and many other best-selling authors.

Jonathan lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Sara Jo, to whom he dedicates all of his published works, and their dog, Rosie. His stepson, Sam West-Mensch, serves a general manager of Jonathan’s writing business.

Visit his website/blog and sign up for his free newsletter.

Katie Grimm –  Katie joined Don Congdon Associates in 2007, where in addition to maintaining her own client list she also acts as business manager.  She focuses on vivid literary fiction, transportive historical fiction, up-market women’s fiction, cohesive short story collections, and lurid mysteries & thrillers with exotic or historical settings.  In young adult, she is actively seeking both contemporary and fantastical high-concepts with a touch of romance.  In middle grade, she looks for heart and humor with a strange or creepy twist.  Most importantly, she is hooked by fiction with emotional resonance and longevity, and in her opinion, this requires an authentic voice, relatable characters, and a twisting plot that keeps her intrigued.  For non-fiction, she is looking for narrative non-fiction about history, popular science, off-beat topics, and counter-culture.  She is also a member of SCBWI.

Margaret Bail – is a literary agent, has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. With years of experience editing everything from medical documents to manuscripts, as well as teaching university-level English and writing, she looks forward to working closely with new and established authors to help develop their voice and craft.
Her lifelong love of stories and storytelling has her looking for books that transport her into the heart of the story, so much so that she’ll forget where she is and lose track of time while she reads.

Before joining Inklings, Margaret was an agent at Andrea Hurst Agency.

Sarah Negovetich – Sarah is fully aware that no one knows how to pronounce her last name, and she's
okay with that.

 Her favorite writing is YA, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty, it's accurate if not exactly motivational.

Sarah's background is in Marketing. FYI, your high school algebra teacher was right when they told you every job uses math. She uses her experience to assist Corvisiero authors with platform building and book promotion

Brittany Booker – Brittany Booker is a Literary Agent and co-founder of The Booker Albert Literary Agency. She has worked with Marisa Corvisiero during her time at the Lori Perkins agency and the Corvisiero Literary Agency. She has a BA in English and a minor in journalism from The University of Arkansas at Monticello.

She is looking for novels that keep her up at night and transports her into the pages. In fiction she is looking for well-written contemporary romances, fantasies, YA and New Adult. She is specifically interested in time travel novels. As for YA, Brittany is drawn to contemporary works; dramatic or funny romances; and urban fantasy.  She's especially interested in YA that is funny and quirky. The goofier the heroine the better. Brittany is very interested in New Adult Contemporary Romances, anything dramatic, funny or with a demanding hero. She is a big sucker for happy endings. She also has a passion for books set in the south. She has working knowledge of Japanese and Spanish. Brittany is not looking for memoirs or paranormal works at the moment.

Brittany is now considering middle grade and erotica

Candace Havens – is the Editorial Director of Covet has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. And she is the Editorial Director for the Covet, Edge and Select lines at Entangled Publishing. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2200 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Hawkeye & Dorsey on 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association

Les Edgerton – Is an ex-con who has almost totally reformed and gone straight. A full-time writer with seventeen books in print, he teaches creative writing on the university level, through private coaching of writers, and on various on-line venues. He writes in a variety of forms: novels, short stories, nonfiction books, screenplays and the subjects he chooses to write about are just as varied, including literary fiction, thrillers, black comedy, noir, sports and the craft of writing. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in General Studies (Honors of Distinction); obtained an MFA in Writing from Vermont College, and also holds a certificate of barbering from Pendleton Reformatory.

Lydia Kang – is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from
Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband, three children, and a terrarium full of stick bugs.

Lydia is represented by Eric Myers of the Spieler Agency and her novel CONTROL is available now.  Her follow up, CATALYST is coming Winter 2015 from Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin.

Tiana Smith – Tiana was the first ever WRiTE CLUB champion back in 2011! She grew up in Montana where she learned how to build a fire better than her husband, though she’s never ridden a horse. She graduated with an English degree with a creative writing focus from Westminster College and writes YA/MG books.  Tiana also likes to design blogs, so if you're interested in getting one of her premade designs, please visit her shop @ The Blog Decorator.

Mark HoughMark Langdale Hough was born in 1978, unable to read. After nearly six years of struggle he overcame this disability, going so far as winning a reading award in first grade. He’s still got the gold sticker to prove it. He developed a love of writing at age seven and completed a number of books all entitled: Mean Things My Sister Said To Me While My Parents Were Away. These were big hits among adults, particularly his parents.
In 2005, he began writing his first young adult book, The Spellwriter, in an attempt to break into the children's book market. In 2008, the manuscript won first prize in the Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children's Literature. They do not give out stickers for that, so you'll just have to take his word for it.

Mark is a graduate of the 2010 Highlights Foundation Workshop in Chautauqua (where he was fortunate to be mentored by the incomparable Patricia Lee Gauch); the 2012 winner of WRiTE CLUB (no stickers for that, either); a violin maker by day and an artist sometime between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. There are also plenty of things he’s pretty bad at, like spelling, ballet, and updating blogs.

He lives on the Connecticut shore with his wife Faith (who is also a writer) and their four young daughters (who daily attempt to teach him to pirouette). You can find his occasional blogging endeavors by clicking on his name above.

Tex Thompson - Last year’s WRiTE CLUB winner is Arianne "Tex" Thompson and she’s a home-grown Texas success story. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from UT Dallas and a master’s degree in literature from the University of Dallas, she went on to become a community college professor, teaching the fundamentals of English to adults writing below the eighth-grade level. Now a master teacher for academic tutoring and test prep services, as well as the managing editor for the DFW Writers Conference, Tex is a regular feature at high schools, writing conferences, and genre conventions alike.

With her first book, a ‘rural fantasy’ novel called One Night in Sixes, Tex joins the growing ranks of Solaris authors committed to exciting, innovative and inclusive science fiction and fantasy.  Find her online at and on Twitter as @tex_maam

WRiTE CLUB – The contest where the audience is knocked for a loop! 


  1. I just found out about Write Club from a blog post I just read. This is interesting and fun, and I will be back as a contestant, having read the contest requirements. Michelle @

  2. I hope I didn't skip over the answer to this question, but can we submit more than one entry?

    1. You can submit more than one, but we need a separate pen name for each.

  3. Does it need to be a complete story, or the first 500 words of a story? Are there samples of winners from past years to peruse?

    1. can be any 500 words from any part of a larger work, or a standalone piece. Your choice.

  4. I plan on entering for the first time this year, and I'm stoked about it. I'm going to do a mention for the contest on my blog tomorrow.

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  6. Learned about this from a writer friend, and I'll definitely enter.

    (the previous deletion was to correct grammar)

  7. Does once appearing as a blog post and on Algonquin's Table count as "published"?

  8. Sounds fun. Just did a post about it on my blog.

    Sania @ Fragile words

  9. sounds fun will get talking, posting and tweeting!

  10. If I didn't have a ton of ghostwriting to get done, plus my fantasy series, I'd so take part in this. I promise myself I'll participate (though I doubt I'd win) 2015. :)

  11. I added a plug to my post today. Don't know that I will have time to enter, but I am happy to pass the word. Thanks for all you do for the blogging community. Maria @

  12. Okay, one thing is not quite clear: We submit a 500 word piece at the start, but after that, is that same piece advancing through each round of the competition, or are we writing new pieces to submit to each round?

    Also, is anything we write or have written eligible? Can we submit something previously published (or self-published, or published on our blogs)?

    1. Okay, I finally found the line about "no previously published" (duh), and when I looked closely at previous rounds it looked like it's the same 500 word bit going through all rounds. So... never mind.

  13. I found this at the kidlit411 site and I am stoked. Does this mean we can enter any piece of writing...from MG to Adult including poetry? Is that right?

  14. Am I right to be just a little bit scared?

    1. If you're not scared, then you're not doing it right! :)

  15. I found this gem of a contest by accident, first one ill be entering, submitted last night. Good Luck everyone!

  16. Just to be clear: entry is as simple as emailing it to your wife? I remember last year there was that linky tool thing, so just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything.

    Also, does it matter how many words it is so long as it's less than 500?

    Excited for this contest!

  17. No Linky Tool this year...just send in your entry. And it's 500 words MAX...anything less is perfectly fine.

  18. Can we send multiple entries in the same email attachments?

    1. Yes...just make sure they each have different pen names.

  19. I just tried your email. Not working.

  20. I just tested it and it worked just fine. You are using , right?

  21. Alright, I've succumbed to the temptation :) It's just too much of a thrill ride to miss.

  22. So wish I'd known about this sooner! But will follow to see how it works...

  23. DL, thanks for doing this again. I know you're coming off a rough time. Good wishes to you and yours.

  24. I can't believe I didn't know about this! Definitely going to check out the entries. I love the whole pen name idea!!! Can't wait to read the submissions.

  25. Great line up of judges for the final round! I am a chicken to enter! Can't wait to read the entries.

  26. Just to be clear - contestants won't know if they've been selected until the match-up is posted on the site? Is that correct?

    1. That is correct. Last year I posted the list of 32 contestants before the bouts began and nobody showed up to vote. I'm not making that mistake again this year.

  27. Not to cause issues and I ask this with the utmost respect: If people are the type to not show up and do their fair share, won't that still happen? I mean, say author Q sees she isn't in the match-up for tomorrow, she still won't vote if she is that type of person already (and I wish there were a pill for laziness/buy-in/due diligence). Instead, she will wait to vote until she sees her own first 500. And if she doesn't ever see hers posted, she will never vote. But I've never run a contest, so my thoughts are probably completely off-base. Even if my work doesn't make it in, I will still stop by to vote. :)

  28. So excited! Any idea what time the bouts begin? :)

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  30. Could someone check the Round 1 and Round 2 links on this page. Whenever I click on them, it takes me to the 2013 posts.

  31. It works for me in Chrome.


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