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The team behind the Mini-Sledgehammer Writing Contest is excited to announce a new anthology: The Exquisite Rush: 36 Stories, to be published March 2018!

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The Mini-Sledgehammer Writing Contest is a quirky writing contest that incorporates four writing prompts and a 36-minute time limit. All writers are welcome, from published professionals to newborn novelists, and when the time is up, they read their stories and the judges select a winner—all right there on the spot. There’s no time to hesitate, second-guess, or hold back.

We have met once a month since 2009. Some truly amazing writers have come through our doors, and  it’s time to publish the 36 best winning stories from the last eight years!

Whether you like thrillers or romance, there’s a story for you in this anthology. Sci-fi, absurdist drama, voodoo noir—they’re in here! You’ll hold every genre in your hands.

We have a GoFundMe campaign for preorders. This funding is for printing and shipping costs, and we are so grateful for the support of our community!

We are offering the following prize tiers for our funders:

$10   Ghostwriter
Reserve your copy of The Exquisite Rush at a discounted price! ($13.99 after launch)

$12   Scribe
The Exquisite Rush: Paperback and eBook!

$15   Poet
You’ll receive a copy of the anthology, an eBook, and a special shout-out at the Launch Party on March 6, 2018!

$20   Novelist
Your personal copy of the Anthology, signed by the editors!

$25   Journalist
Invitation to a pre-launch party cocktail hour with the editors! You will also receive all lower-tier rewards!

$50   Editor
A personal short story using prompts of your choice, written by an Anthology-featured writer, and all of the lower-tier rewards!

$100   Producer
A private Mini-Sledgehammer Contest for you and your friends at a Portland location of your choice! Plus: all of the lower-tier rewards!

Purchase at whichever is best for you at the GoFundMe site. All preordered books will be available March 6, 2018. Paperback preorders can be picked up at the launch party (more details on the Events page!) or have them mailed. Ebook preorders will be made available March 6.

Beyond March 6, the anthology will be available wherever books are sold for $13.99.

Trim size: 4.37″ x 7″
Page count: 224
ISBN: 978-0-9819422-4-7 (paperback), 978-0-9819422-5-4 (eBook)
Press release: “Monthly Portland Writing Contest Publishes First Anthology”

For more information, or if you’d like to review an advanced reader copy, please email sledgehammer@indigoediting.com.

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