Coming Up

The 2014 contest details are in the works!

In the meantime, check out this reading featuring 2013 Readers’ Choice winner Kate Gray:

Only a handful of writers can say they’ve written award-winning fiction in merely 36 hours, and Kate Gray is one of the elite few. Come hear her read her story as well as some new work on April 10. Also featured will be Yuvi Zalkow, Jackie Shannon-Hollis, Joanna Rose, and Cecily Portman.
When: April 10, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Where: Blackbird Wine Shop, 4323 NE Fremont
Cost: Free

And join the writing fun two days before with the Mini-Sledgehammer 36-Minute Writing Contest, same time, same place, Tuesday, April 8!


Congratulations, 2013 Winners!photo

“Untitled” by Team Hammertime
“Coaptation” by Giovanni Ortiz

The youth writers were so talented, and so varied in age, that we were compelled to choose two winners.

“A Chance Encounter” by Kellie Doherty

Portland Teams
“Bucket Boys” by Team Wonderbra

Portland Individuals
“Saddlebrook” by Sarah Kindler

Judge’s Choice
“Smart Pups Support” by Erica Korer

Readers’ Choice
“Don’t Mistake Tenderness for Weakness” by Kate Gray


If you’re just learning about Sledgehammer, check out our Contest Details page.

Thank you to our 2013 Sledgehammer-level sponsors!

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Monthly Mini Sledgehammer Writing Contests

Blackbird Reading 2Join us for monthly Mini Sledgehammer Writing Contests, 36 minutes dedicated to shattering your writer’s block!

Our second Tuesday series is graciously hosted by Blackbird Wine & Atomic Cheese.
Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
4323 NE Fremont St.
Portland, OR 97213 (map)

Free to enter. Each event includes 36 minutes of writing guided by four writing prompts. Stories will be judged, and the winner will take home prizes.

We’ll bring notepads, but feel free to write on your laptop instead. Events start promptly, so arrive early to settle in with a glass of wine or to browse the bookshelves before the clock starts ticking!


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