The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

March 27, 2013

Short story contest deadline is May 31

— The 2013 Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest is open, and the deadline for submitting entries is May 31. 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 on the library website, 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 first through fourth, fifth through eighth, and ninth through 12th grades, a college student category, plus an open category for adults and graduate students.

Born in Ohio in 1876, 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 YWCA, 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 23 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 to 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. The mailing address of the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest is 118 South Sheffey Street, Marion, VA 24354.