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.
Introduction, Ali J. Shaw
Not on the Syllabus, Jenn Crowell, July 2010
Never in Public, Fufkin Vollmayer, December 2010
What Money Can't Buy, by Barry Netzley, February 2011
Angels to Nirvana, Blythe Ayne, March 2011
The Bicycle, Pamela Russell Bejerano, May 2011
Reality, Courtney Sherwood, August 2011
Cans, Elissa Nelson, November 2011
Eggnog Enchantment, Pat Jewett, December 2011
Jesus Comes Around, Lisa Galloway, January 2012
Dog Arms, Jack Mahaffy, February 2012
Beast of Burden, Jarrod Schuster, February 2012
Women's Health: Neither Here Nor There, Kathleen Valle, March 2012
The Proposal, Miriam Lambert, April 2012
The Quiet Man of Wholesome, Jennifer A. Gritt, April 2012
The Lake, Elisabeth Flaum, June 2012
Underworld, Elisabeth Flaum, August 2012
Dream Catcher, Melinda McCamant, August 2012
January, Kerrie Farris, January 2013
Cost/Benefit, Daniel Granias, February 2013
Forgetting, Pamela Russell Bejerano, April 2013
Bottling, Peter D'Auria, July 2013
Purple Pillows, Daniel Granias, December 2013
The Difference between Snow, J.B. Kish, January 2014
What Comes Next?, J.B. Kish, June 2014
Milk Starring Sean Penn, Jeremy Da Rosa, January 2015
Burnt Ice Cream, Elizabeth Grace Martin, May 2015
Whiskey Ginger, J. Turner Masland, June 2015
The Giving, Sarah Farnham, December 2015
Parallels, Summer Olsson, January 2016
Stand In, Summer Olsson, March 2016
Extinction, Laurel Rogers, April 2016
The Disappearance of Bobby Gond, Donald Carson, May 2016
Only the Lonely, Donald Carson, July 2016
Baltic Avenue, Melinda McCamant, August 2016
Sanctuary, J. Turner Masland, October 2016
Terminal Encounters, Daniel Granias, November 2016