September - November 2007 • Marion, Virginia


 SHORT STORY CONTEST              

The Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest, sponsored by Smyth-Bland
Regional Library, is held annually and the deadline for submitting
entries is May 31st. This event originated during the Centennial
Observance of the birth of the noted writer, Sherwood Anderson.
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. For further
information including contest rules please access or call
Brenda Umbarger at 276-783-2323 Ext. 28.


2007 Rules

The 2007 Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest is sponsored by:

Smyth-Bland Regional Library

118 South Sheffey Street

Marion, Virginia 24354.


I - Students First Grade through Fourth Grade

II - Students Fifth Grade through Eighth Grade

III - Students Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade

IV - College Undergraduate students

V - Adults, including graduate students


Prizes will be awarded if the judges determine that the story quality justifies.

  Category I Category II Category III Category IV Category V
1st Place $20 $30 $40 $100 $150
2nd Place $15 $25 $30 $50 $75
3rd Place $10 $15 $20 $40 $50


1. A cover page must be attached to each story, including the story name, the name and address of the author, telephone number, contest category (or school grade and name of school), and name of hometown newspaper. No stories will be returned, so writers should keep a copy for future personal use. It is difficult to track down winning students during the summer, if the cover page is absent.
2. Story should not exceed 6,000 words, and should be typed double-spaced on one side only of each page.
3. Only one entry per person will be accepted, and it must be the creation of the person in whose name it is submitted.
4. Professional writers (those who make at least half of their income writing fiction) and teachers of creative writing at the college level are not eligible to enter.
5. Entrants must be residents, or, natives of, Southwest Virginia, or, of adjoining areas of states bordering Southwest Virginia.
6. Stories should deal with life in rural or small-town America, on a theme that Sherwood Anderson perhaps would have chosen.
7. Entry deadline is May 31st and all entries must be postmarked by that date. Do not E-Mail the story.
8. Entries in Category V must be accompanied by a $5.00 fee; however, that will not be required if the entrant sends $8.00 to purchase a copy, postpaid, of our anthology, STORIES FROM SHERWOOD ANDERSON COUNTRY: CONTEST WINNERS 1976-1986.
9. The Sponsor will retain the non-exclusive right to publish winning manuscripts eventually in an anthology of contest winners, similar to the one published in 1987, which is available at $8.00 from the Association.
10. The author's name should not appear beyond the cover sheet.
11. Stories that have been published previously are not eligible.

Please abide closely by the rules. Our purposes in the contest are to promote creative writing skills and to encourage more familiarity and appreciation for Sherwood Anderson's literary work. Check with your local library for short stories and books by Mr. Anderson, who lived in Marion and Troutdale from 1925 until his death in 1941.

An Awards Program will be scheduled in September. Winners will be notified, and the general public will have an opportunity to register for these events. For other information or questions, call Brenda Umbarger at 276-783-2323 (Ext. 28) or email [email protected] Entries should be mailed to: