Writing Contests

The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor local writers at the Bethesda Literary Festival, held April 15-17, 2016.

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 15-17, 2016.

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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
TBA.

Notification
Winners will be contacted by March 22, 2016.

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.

2016 Winners

Adult
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.

High School
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

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: $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.

Online Submission
submit

Mail-in Submission
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 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+).

2016 Winners

Adult
1st Place: Adam Brown, Washington, D.C.
2nd place: Katie Avagliano, Bethesda, MD
3rd Place: Brianna Treanor, Washington, D.C.
Honorable Mention: Robert Granader, Bethesda, MD

Honorable Mention:Tim Proser, Bethesda, MD

High School
1st Place: Elizabeth McCarver, Bethesda Chevy Chase High School
2nd Place: Keira DiGaetano, Richard Montgomery High School
3rd Place: Eva Shapiro, Woodrow Wilson High School
Honorable Mention: Melvin Lewis, Richard Montgomery High School
Honorable Mention: Sam Lieberman, Landon School
Honorable Mention: Cara Schultz, The Field School

 
Deadline for application:
Friday, January 22, 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 15, 2015.

Online Submission
To upload your submission, click here.


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