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Eastern Oregon Word Round-Up Flash Sledgehammer 36-Word Writing Contest

Congratulations, Kristen Blanton, winner of a one-hour consultation with an Indigo editor!

Incorporating the prompt exhibit, Kristen wrote this piece of flash fiction (a week before :

Imagine an exhibit where people want to be, with lots of gadgets and tables to see. Sounds like the fun you’ll have at Wordstock, without me.

©2013 Kristen Blanton

Wordstock Flash Sledgehammer 36-Word Writing Contest, Part 2

There is usually only one winner of our Mini and Flash Sledgehammers, but our judges were so taken with another entry to the Wordstock Flash Sledgehammer that we decided to award a second place to Kaitee Steiert. She’ll receive 15% off an Indigo service. Congratulations, Kaitee!

Incorporating the prompt free-for-all, Kaitee wrote this piece of flash fiction:

It starts perfect. A smile, a free-for-all with the air. Next: pain, eating dirt, that stubborn horse wondering why the hell I did something like that. She won’t be broken after all.

©2013 Kaitee Steiert

Wordstock Flash Sledgehammer 36-Word Writing Contest, Part 1

Congratulations, Eric Butler, winner of a one-hour consultation with an Indigo editor!

Incorporating the prompt free-for-all, Eric wrote this piece of flash fiction:

The meeting adjourned, the doors opened, the free-for-all began. I moved a moment too late, and found myself shut out. Their conversations were walls against me; how strange to have no audience in a crowded room.

©2013 Eric Butler

Flash Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest: Wordstock Edition

Congratulations, Deena Anreise, winner of Ink-Filled Page anthologies and $10 off entry to next year’s main Sledgehammer event, the 36-hour contest!

Incorporating the prompt roots, Deena wrote this piece of flash fiction:

We clung to familiarity, to the place of our birth, as our father dug us out dandelion-style, using his multi-syllabic wanderlust like a sharp spade or spud bar. Eventually, he would win us out.

Deena Anreise is a prolific writer, young mother, and publishing graduate student at Portland State University. She writes young adult genre fiction (urban fantasy), adult and middle-grade contemporary lit fiction, and creative nonfiction for Oregon Music News. Deena lives in the stunning cultural mecca that is Portland, Oregon where her two wildly “entertaining” sons make sure that she is never ever bored.

Flash Sledgehammer: The Self-Publishing Edition

As Q&A during Ali’s presentation took us to the end of the most recent meeting of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers, we handed out a fun homework assignment: write a story in no more than 36 words and prompted by “I wrote my book because…” Congratulations to Paul Gerhards for his winning piece! He will receive a free copy of Ink-Filled Page Red Anthology and The Self-Publishing Manual.


I held the mug under the spigot poking out of the bladder-filled box. What would happen if I sloshed wine into the cup? It would not be the day I stopped drinking. I didn’t. It was.
© 2010 Paul Gerhards

Paul Gerhards is owner of Parami Press, LLC, publishing books from a Buddhist point of view. He is author of Mapping the Dharma: A Concise Guide to the Middle Way of the Buddha. He also is author of a series of six woodworking books published, in a previous lifetime, by Stackpole Books.

Flash Sledgehammer

We got creative with our 36-themed writing contests at the Write to Publish conference May 22-23 and offered Flash Sledgehammer, a 36-word contest. Fifteen writers submitted flash stories, and we found them all inventive and fun. Truth be told, we deliberated for quite a while and finally came to the conclusion that this contest and its submissions warranted three winners. Each will receive a free copy of Ink-Filled Page Red Anthology and a 30 percent discount on entering the Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest in September. Congratulations!


Date number three.

She looked up at me from flat on her back.

“Close your eyes,” I said. “Imagine hippos.”

A peach-scented breeze carried us from the banks of Savannah to the waters of the Nile.

© 2010 Vinnie Kinsella


Off on the savanna, out there one lion among lions, chewing satisfactory fills of suffered tasty meat once more, contented, he sighed, rolled over, hands lifted–little paws holding pieces of–something, something like…Jeannie.


© 2010 Paula Friedman


The closeness of tanned skin holding the scent of coconut oil ignited our starving young passions. A balmy night and warm ocean breeze blessed the joining.

We smile when asked, “Why is her name Savannah?”

© 2010 Bob Ferguson