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., 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.
Winners will be contacted by March 22, 2016.
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.
1st Place: Amy Mermelstein, Cabin John, MD
2nd place: Nancy Huidekoper, Chevy Chase, MD
3rd place: Denyse Tannenbaum, Washington, D.C.
Honorable Mention: Robbie Maakestad, Fairfax, VA
Honorable Mention: Peng Wu, Washington, D.C.
1st Place: Jack Kiyonaga, Gonzaga College High School
2nd place: Ruslan Gabidoulline, St. Albans
3rd place: Amy Hesselroth, Sherwood High School
Honorable Mention: Victoria Yang, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology
Deadline for application:
Friday, January 22, 2016
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 15, 2016.
Download the pdf application.
Applications must be submitted by
Friday, January 22, 2015 to:
Bethesda Literary Festival Essay Contest,
c/o Bethesda Urban Partnership
7700 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-215-6660, Ext. 117.