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The library recently announced local, national and international winners of its annual contest.

Writers of all ages submitted 125 entries to the annual Sherwood Public Library's Six Word Story contest, which is inspired by a famous anecdote about Ernest Hemingway.

The library has held the annual contest for five years, with the tradition of announcing the winners during National Library Week. This year's contest expanded to include new categories for local, national and international winners — based on record entries from around the world.

The local winners are:

  • 1st place: Aging photographs. My brother—forever young. By Renée Simas, Sherwood.
  • 2nd place: A timeless melody awakened their souls. By Jake Ross, Beaverton
  • They spoke. We listened. Change happened. By Margaret Federspiel, Tualatin.
  • The national winners are:

  • Winner: One night. Two drinks. Three kids. By Gayle Sheldon, Fort Smith, Ark.
  • Runner up: Thirty years of teaching. House foreclosed. By K. Surratte, Towson, Md.
  • And the international honorees are:

  • Winner: First kiss went wrong. She sneezed. By Vaibhav Hassija, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Runner up: Extra Volume Conditioner. Hair still silent. By Shannon Jade, Western Australia.
  • The literary legend that started it all: While dining with fellow writers of the famous Algonquin Round Table in New York City, Hemingway bet he could write a story in just six words. They bet not. He grabbed a pen and a napkin and wrote: "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn." They paid up and Hemingway called it his best work.

    This year's local winners received magnetic poetry sets and gift cards to Sesame Donuts. The stories were judged by Blair Stenvick of the Sherwood Gazette; Joe Gall, city manager; Tammy Steffens, City of Sherwood volunteer coordinator; Leah Burgess, Sherwood Center of the Arts program coordinator; and Sherwood Public Library staff.

    The Library put up a display at of the winners and honorable mentions, along with other displays honoring how libraries transform their communities, in honor of National Library Week, April 8 through 14.

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