Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest


The 2013 Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest is open, and the deadline for submitting entries is May 31st. Sponsored by the Smyth-Bland Regional Library, this event originated during the Centennial Observance of the birth of the noted writer, Sherwood Anderson. To obtain a copy of the rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest, 118 South Sheffey Street, Marion, Va. 24354. Rules are also available from the link below. If you have additional questions, please contact Brenda Umbarger at or by calling (276)783-2323, Ext.228 

The contest has separate categories for students 1st through 4th, 5th through 8th, and 9th through 12th grades, a college student category, plus an open category for adults and graduate students. An Awards Program and Luncheon, with further details announced in late summer, will be held in September in Marion Virginia. 


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Born in Ohio in 1876, Sherwood Anderson moved to southwest Virginia in 1925. He built his house, "Ripshin", near Troutdale in 1926. Late in 1927, he purchased the weekly newspapers in Marion, "The Marion Democrat," and "The Smyth County News." He married Eleanor Copenhaver of Marion in 1933. She was a leader in the national Y.W.C.A., traveling extensively conducting workshops and conferences in behalf of better conditions for women working in factories. 

They embarked on a cultural exchange voyage to South America on Feb. 28, 1941. Sherwood became ill, and was taken to a hospital in Colon, Panama, where he died of peritonitis on March 8. His body was returned to Marion for burial in Round Hill Cemetery. 

Anderson published some twenty-three books, plus numerous stories and essays in magazines from 1914 until shortly before his death. He gained prominence for his originality in a new approach in writing the short story. Selections from his book, "Winesburg, Ohio," are found in many anthologies and college reading assignments in American literature, along with others of his short stories. 

The goals of The Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest are to stimulate efforts in creative writing and to encourage a better understanding and appreciation for the literary work of Sherwood Anderson, who walked these hills and valleys. The mailing address of the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest is 118 South Sheffey Street, Marion, Virginia 24354.