As far as regional writing contests go, the Sherwood Anderson Short Story contest does a nice job of celebrating new talented writers along with the old. Held in honor of a proliferate Southern Virginia writer, this contest has categories for writers of all ages: from first graders to adults.
The contest calls for works shorter than 6,000 words centering on rural life or living in small-town America. Only natives of Southwest Virginia or areas of states bordering Southwest Virginia are eligible to enter.
All entries need to be postmarked before May 31, 2014. For full rules and guidelines on submissions, visit the Smyth-Bland Regional Library’s website.