Sledgehammer 2014, Here We Come!

This year’s contest will take place Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27. Save the dates!

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 collectively worth over $25,000.

It all started in 2007 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.

Preregistration will open in June. Cost: $40 for adults ($50 day of), $10 for ages 11–17, and $5 for ages 10 and under.

Visit the Contest Details page for more information.


Congratulations, 2013 Winnersphoto

“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



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