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.
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
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 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: $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, 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 email@example.com or call 301-215-6660, Ext. 117.