Sledgehammer 2014 Polls Are Open

Congratulations 2014 Sledgehammer finishers! Readers, please help our judges out by reading the stories and voting for your three favorites.

You can see all of this year’s submissions here. You can also use the search bar in the upper right-hand corner to go directly to a specific story or author you’re looking for. Then vote in the poll in the left margin. The story with the most votes will win the Elissa Readers’ Choice Award, named after longtime Sledgehammer fan Elissa Nelson.10368398_10154375233285468_4248731532352150928_n

Watch for the following prompts, which were required in every entry:

  • Character: head of the family
  • Action: squinting
  • Setting: near the chain-link fence
  • Prop: an orange extension cord

The poll will close at 11:59 p.m. on August 31, so get reading!



What’s Sledgehammer, you ask? It’s a quirky writing contest that incorporates a scavenger hunt, four writing prompts, a 36-hour deadline, the option to write as a team or solo, celebrity judge Ariel Gore, and prizes worth thousands.

It all started in 2008 with a little idea to bring writers together in Portland, Oregon. Since then, the contest has expanded with sponsors from all over and the option for writers anywhere to participate through the magic of the internet.

Visit the Contest Details page for more information.


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