I only caught a teaser for this morning's Think Out Loud, themed "Creativity Under Pressure"—just enough to hear mention of the 48-Hour Film Fest (the results of which screen at the Hollywood tomorrow and Thursday) and National Novel Writing Month (coming up in November). So I'm not sure if they mentioned another deadline-based competition: Sledgehammer Writing Project, going down in Portland and Seattle, which combines a writing contest with a scavenger hunt. From the website:
Teams of writers converge at noon on Saturday [August 29] to receive their first writing prompt and scavenger hunt clues. From there they head out to several locations around the city to gather all four writing prompts, and then they have 36 hours to write the best fiction piece they can. Final submissions are due back in person by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday [August 30].
The following week, competitors will read their stories at an unveiling, and the audience will vote on the top three. The top three from each city will win gift certificates to local businesses, be invited to read their work at Wordstock and other venues, and go into the running for the grand prize package worth thousands of dollars!
It's only the contest's second year, but sponsors include Powell's, the Oregon Historical Society, the IPRC, and Ooligan Press—some pretty solid votes of confidence. Registration is $20 per person, or $75 per team.