Once a year Chelsea Cain and I get together and help sponsor our favorite editing firm’s (Indigo Editing and Publication) annual Sledgehammer Writing Contest. This year is no different! (Do you like how I make it sound like Chelsea Cain and I are BFFs?? Really tho, we’ve never met, but I hear she writes real good [as in NYT Bestseller] and showed up at last Sledgehammer with a severed head. No joke on the severed head…)
This year Indigo is at it again helping writers all over Portland (and now the WORLD!) break out of their writer’s block. Here’s the 411:
1 Short Story
$1,000s in PrizesAugust 17-18, 2013
Nothing shatters writer’s block like a tight deadline and some good-natured competition. Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest attracts professional authors and sometimes-writers alike from far and wide.
Portland contestants will meet all at one location at noon on Saturday, August 17, where the Sledgehammer staff will give the first writing prompt and a clue. With that clue, you’ll embark on a scavenger hunt around Portland to collect a total of six writing prompts. Contestants in other locations will convene on the website [Sledgehammer Writing Contest] at noon on Saturday and will embark on a similar but online-based scavenger hunt for prompts. You must incorporate all six writing prompts into the original story you’ll write and turn in by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
To make the contest even more fun, you can compete either as a team or individually. Gather up some friends to create your own A-Team, or hole yourself up in a twenty-four-hour cafe to tap in to your own genius. There will be six categories in which you can potentially win a prize package—Team, Individual, Youth, Readers’ Choice, Judges’ Choice and, new this year, Out-of-Towners. Prize packages are already worth more than $20,000!
All winners will be announced the week of September 30. Winners are invited to read at various venues throughout the year. Learn more or to sign-up click here.
Win Good Shit, like autographed paperbacks of my books!! Sign-up today!! Sledgehammer Writing Contest