Deadline for application:
Friday, January 20, 2017
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: $100
Third Place: $50
Honorable Mention: $25
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 21, 2017.
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.
Residents of Washington, D.C. and select counties in 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.
Christine Koubek, award-winning writer, author and teacher at The Writer's Center
Faye Moskowitz, author and retired professor of English at George Washington University
Kathleen Neery, associate editor at Bethesda Magazine
Winners will be contacted by March 20, 2017.
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.
Download the pdf application.
Applications must be submitted by
Friday, January 20, 2017 to:
Bethesda Literary Festival Essay Contest,
c/o Bethesda Urban Partnership
7700 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 301-215-6660, Ext. 117.