Writing Contests

The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor local writers at the Bethesda Literary Festival, held April 11-13, 2014.

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 11-13, 2014.

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Essay 
Contest

Topic: Open

Congratulations to the Essay Contest winners!

Adult
First Place: Jean Kim, Bethesda, MD
Second Place: Karen Napolitano, Montgomery Village, MD
Third Place: Sue McShane Paul, Clarksburg, MD
Honorable Mention: Robert Granader, Bethesda, MD

Honorable Mention: Daisy Hernández, Arlington, VA
Honorable Mention: Seema Reza, Rockville, MD

High School
First Place: Logan Dreher, Silver Spring, MD
Second Place: Zoe Johnson, Silver Spring, MD
Third Place: Yasmeen Mughal, Chevy Chase, MD
Honorable Mention: Jessica Li, Gaithersburg, MD
Honorable Mention: Catherine Mondoa, Clarksburg, MD
Honorable Mention: Lucy Sears, Bethesda, MD

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

High School
First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine 
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $50

  

TopicOpen

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

EligibilityResidents 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+).

Congratulations to the Short Story Contest winners!

Adult:
First Place: Susan Alpert, Bethesda, MD
Second Place: Ken Drexler, Potomac, MD
Third Place: Mary Switalski, Takoma Park, MD
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Bolognese, North Potomac, MD

 

High School
First Place: Zoe Johnson, Silver Spring, MD
Second Place: Dominique Bander, Gaithersburg, MD
Third Place: Sara Franklin-Gillette, Bethesda, MD
Honorable Mention: Kate Conlan, Bethesda, MD
Honorable Mention: Amal Haque, Bethesda, MD

Awards
Adult:
First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine 
Second Place: $250 
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $75
High School
First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine 
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $50
The first place winners in both categories will also receive a gift certificate to The Writer’s Center.
All winners will be published on the Bethesda Magazine and Bethesda Urban Partnership websites and will be honored at a special event during the Bethesda Literary Festival.

 


Poetry Contest

Congratulations to the Poetry Contest winners!

First Place: Joanne Rocky Delaplaine, Bethesda, MD
Second Place: Olumadebo Fatunde, Waldorf, MD
Third Place: Edward Berry, Rockville, MD
Honorable MentionChristian Aguiar, Arlington, VA
Honorable Mention: Angela Anselmo, Williamsburg, VA
Honorable MentionEthel Louise Beach, Potomac, MD
Honorable Mention: Margaret Mullins, Jarrettsville, MD
Honorable Mention: Jessica Schnepp, Washington, DC
Honorable Mention: Frederick Zirm, Rockville, MD

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

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 11-13, 2014.

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.

Judging
The judge for this contest is Professor of English at George Washington University, David McAleavey.

Notification
Winners will be contacted by March 24, 2014.

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.

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

For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org.

 


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