• The Elissa Award

    The Elissa Award, formerly the Readers' Choice Award, is named for our dear friend and regular contributor Elissa Nelson, who passed away in 2013. We miss you every day, Elissa. Thanks for supporting Sledgehammer and sharing your writing with us.

    The award is given to the story and writer(s) with the most votes on the website.

  • Visit Indigo

    Sledgehammer is proudly presented by Indigo, which offers editing, design, and more to authors and publishers around the world.

    Visit us at www.indigoediting.com to learn more and to schedule a free sample edit and initial consultation.

    Indigo: editing, design,
    and more

    Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.
  • Join Our Networks

  • Photo Gallery

    To view photos of Sledgehammers past, visit our Facebook photo albums!

    All photos property of Sledgehammer Writing Contest. Most photos copyright Doug Geisler.


The Poll Is Open!

It was a fun weekend with the scavenger hunt and twenty-nine stories rolling in for Sledgehammer 2015. Thank you to all the writers who participated and the sponsors who contributed to the prize package.

While our judges read and ponder the brilliance of every piece, we invite you, the readers, to do some judging as well. See all the stories here, and visit the poll in the left sidebar to vote for your favorite three. The poll will be open through August 21, and the story with the most votes will win the Elissa Award (and cash and prizes!).

Happy reading!

Sledgehammer groupCelebrity Judge Announced

We’re thrilled to announce that Kate Gray, author of Carry the Sky (Forest Avenue Press, 2014) and winner of the 2013 Sledgehammer individual category, will select the 2015 Judge’s Choice winner.

Kate-GrayCarry the Sky cover


Winners will receive CASH prizes in addition to online classes and memberships from our sponsoring writing organizations:

Gotham WritersIndigo Logo 2013 - Spotiwg logo_nonitalic_highresAllSpheres_BlogHeader_Mediumdebbie reber logoOWC LOGO-page-001

Thank you to our sponsors!

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
  • a celebrity judge
  • more than $1,000 in CASH prizes

Writers of all ages can participate individually or as teams and from anywhere in the world.

Visit the Contest Details page for more information.Sledgehammer 1.15

36 Minutes of Writing Fun

While you’re waiting for the 2015 Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest, join our monthly Mini Sledgehammer 36-Minute Writing Contests!

Second Tuesdays, except July 2015
Blackbird Wine & Atomic Cheese
4323 NE Fremont St., Portland, OR
6:30 p.m., FREE

If you’d like to start a Mini Sledgehammer Writing Contest in your city, email sledgehammer@indigoediting.com.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,268 other followers

%d bloggers like this: