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The team behind the Mini-Sledgehammer Writing Contest is excited to announce that the anthology: The Exquisite Rush: 36 Stories is available as of March 6, 2018!

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In a special thrift store where shoppers can buy past experiences, two friends discover that not all memories can be shared.

A married couple decides to meet at the site of a past tragic event to make one final decision.

To make it to the overseas wedding planned by his fiancé, a man with a terror of flying enlists a life coach, a couples counselor, a hypnotist, and even a flight simulator.

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 probably hold every genre in your hands.

We took the winning short stories from the first nine years of Portland’s Mini Sledgehammer 36-Minute Writing Contest and selected the best 36 of them.

What’s Mini Sledgehammer, you ask? It’s 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.

Exquisite pressure is what these writers experience, and as the stories in this anthology demonstrate, pressure makes diamonds.

Curators: Jeremy Da Rosa, Daniel Granias, J. B. Kish, Sarah Farnham, Summer Olsson, J. Turner Masland, Donald Carson, Ali J. Shaw

Where to Buy:

IndieBound (online shopping that supports indie bookstores)

Brick and Mortar:
Blackbird Wine & Atomic Cheese, 4323 NE Fremont St., Portland, OR
Coming soon: Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR

Trim size: 4.37″ x 7″
Page count: 224
Retail: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-9819422-4-7 (paperback), 978-0-9819422-5-4 (eBook)
Available through Ingram.
Press release: “Monthly Portland Writing Contest Publishes First Anthology”


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