Writing Contests

The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor local writers at the Bethesda Literary Festival, held April 17-19, 2015.

All Essay and Short Story Contest winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and honored at a special event during the Bethesda Literary Festival, held April 17-19, 2015.

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Essay Contest

Topic: Open

Requirements
Essays must be limited to 500 words or less about a topic of the writer's choosing. Only one entry per person. Your essay must be your original work. Any essays containing material that is obscene or objectionable will be disqualified.  Previously published essays are not eligible.

Eligibility
Residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are eligible. Current and former employees, contractors, directors, and officers of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) and their immediate family members are ineligible. Current students, relatives, or close personal friends of the judge(s) are also ineligible.

Judging
Barbara Esstman, internationally published and acclaimed author; Julie Rasicot, senior editor at Bethesda Magazine..

Notification
Winners will be contacted by March 23, 2015.

Copyright
All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have in the essays they submit, but by participating in this contest and submitting essays, all entrants grant Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) the right, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted essays (in complete form or in excerpted form) on the BUP Web site, on other Web sites, and in other media.

2015 Winners

Adult
First Place: Kate Oliver, Ashton, MD
Second Place: Kim O'Connell, Arlington, VA
Third Place: Adam Schwartz, Elkridge, MD
Honorable Mention: Robert Jerry Karn, Boyds, MD
Honorable Mention: Laura McGough, Arlington, VA
Honorable Mention: Seema Reza, Rockville, MD

 

High School
First Place: Sofia Laguarda, Sidwell Friends School
Second Place: Sreya 
Vangara, Poolsville High School
Third Place: Paul Casey Emerson, St. Albans School
Honorable Mention: Nick Blasey, The Landon School
Honorable Mention: Marella Ma, Winston Churchill High School
Honorable Mention: Benjamin Martel, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

 
Deadline for application:
Friday, January 23, 2015

Awards (Adult)
First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $75

Awards (High School)
First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $50

All winning essays will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and will be honored at a special event during the Bethesda Literary Festival on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Online Submission
submit

Mail-in Submission
Download the pdf application.

Applications must be submitted by
Friday, January 23, 2015 to:

Bethesda Literary Festival Essay Contest,
c/o Bethesda Urban Partnership
7700 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814.

Questions? Please email essay@bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660, Ext. 117. 

 


Short Story Contest

Topic: Open

Requirements
Stories must be limited to 4,000 words or less.

Eligibility
Residents of Montgomery County, MD and Upper NW Washington, D.C. (20015 and 20016 ZIP codes) are eligible. The contest will take entries in two categories: High School (grades 9-12) and Adult (ages 18+).

2015 Winners

Adult
First Place: Vanessa Wang, Rockville, MD
Second Place: Madeline Holland, Bethesda, MD
Third Place: Heather Sisan, Rockville, MD

Honorable Mention: Nancy Nantais, Bethesda, MD

High School
First Place: Kara Watkins-Chow, Montgomery Blair High School
Second Place: Emma Wolfe, Walt Whitman High School
Third Place: Alyssa Alfonso, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Third Place: Emerald Norman, Takoma Academy

 
Deadline for application:
Friday, January 23, 2015

Awards (Adult)
First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $75

Awards (High School)
First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $50

All winning essays will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and will be honored at a special event during the Bethesda Literary Festival on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Online Submission
To upload your submission, please visit www.bethesdamagazine.com.


Questions? Please email contests@bethesdamagazine.com or call
301-718-7787 ext. 20

 


Poetry Contest

Topic: Open

Requirements
Poems cannot be more than 21 lines of text. Do not double space your entry. Only one entry per person. Your poem must be your original work and must be currently unpublished. Any poems containing material that is obscene or objectionable will be disqualified.

Eligibility
Open to residents of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who are 18 or older at the time of the entry deadline. Current and former employees, contractors, directors, and officers of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) and their immediate family members are ineligible. Current students, relatives, or close personal friends of the judge(s) are also ineligible. Young Poets must be between 14-17 years of age.

Judging
Stanley Plumly, Maryland's Poet Laureate and Professor & Director of Creative Writing at the University of Maryland.

Copyright

All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have in the poems they submit, but by participating in this contest and submitting poems, all entrants grant Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) the right, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted poems (in complete form or in excerpted form) on the BUP Web site, on other Web sites, and in other media.

2015 Winners
First Place: Ann Quinn, Catonsville, MD
Second PlaceJeffrey Dieter, Perry Hall, MD
Third Place: Teja Dupree, Woodbridge, VA
Young Poet: Emily Zhang, Boyds, MD
Honorable MentionAdrian Kombe, Takoma Park, MD
Honorable Mention: Sarah Sansolo, Washington, D.C.
Honorable Mention: Becca Wolfson, Rockville, MD
Honorable Mention: Kendra Clarke, Rockville, MD

 
Deadline for application:
Friday, February 13, 2015

Awards 
First Place: 
$500, published on The Writer's Center's "First Person Plural" blog, and a free class and membership to The Writer's Center.
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Young Poet: $100

All winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership Web site and honored at a special event during the Bethesda Literary Festival, held April 17-19, 2015.

Online Submission
submit

Mail-in Submission
Download the pdf application.


Questions? Please email poetry@bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660 ext. 117