With just seven days left in this month’s bracket, it’s time to update you all on how things have been progressing.

As I type this, we have 2,862 votes so far. This had a much better start than last month, but this month’s is still one of the closest in recent memory.

51aZLKvavYLFractals by Larry Buena is in the lead at the moment, but only because of a tie breaker.

Most Voted on so far: Fractals has the lead because of the tiebreaker in total votes. His 193 votes are enough to give him the edge in the finals.

Least Voted for:  The Battle of Tangine  by Will Crudge. This cover has 42 votes. I think Cridge’s book deserves more credit.

What’s really interesting here is how close a lot of the other rounds are.  The Divide by Jeremy Robinson (currently second) is pretty much fighting every step of the way. He has a 28-26 vote lead on Flash Magic by Jamie K. Schmidt.

Robinson’s fight spills into the Elite Eight.  He’s actually only winning a 20-18 against Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell.

51RosmQu0eLFractals isn’t untouchable either. He’s winning a 20-20 tiebreaker against The Past is Never by Tiffany Quay Tyson.

That’s a lot of uncertainty in a tightly contested bracket.

A quick reminder of how the tournament works. The easiest way to win is to have the most people vote for you in every round. The trick is you have to have the most people vote you through in each round, all the way to the final.  As an example, 100 people could vote someone through to the finals, but that doesn’t do a cover any good if he doesn’t win the first round. It’s not total votes. It’s not simple championship votes. The winning cover has to have the most votes in each round of the competition.

This will be the only update for this type of bracket. It’s been slow so far, so I hope readers start lining up to support their authors by voting, liking, and sharing the bracket with as many people as possible.  You can vote at this address!

I’ll announce the winner is just seven days!

Thanks for reading,

Matt

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