Youth Writing Contest

"If I Had a Time Machine"
Deadline: February 24, 2017
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Enter the Bethesda Literary Festival Youth Writing Contest and tell us, in your own words, what you would do and where you would go if you had a time machine.

Up to 15 essay winners will be selected and featured in Washington Parent. Winners will be honored, along with their teacher, at a special event held during the Bethesda Literary Festival, April 21-23, 2017. Winners also receive great prizes! 

Entry Requirements
Only hard copies (handwritten or typed) will be accepted. Essays must be between 100–500 words in length. Writers must be in grades K–8 and students of schools located in, or residents of, Montgomery County, MD. The entry form must be completed and submitted with essay. All entries must be postmarked on or before February 24, 2017. NO FAXES OR EMAILS will be accepted.

Submit entry form and essay to:
Youth Writing Contest
Bethesda Urban Partnership
7700 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Contact Valerie Hillman at 301-215-6660, Ext. 117 or


Congratulations to the 2016 Youth Writing Contest Winners!

Ria Kumar, Gaithersburg, MD
Kindergarten, Goddard School

Emily Mayo, Bethesda, MD
8th Grade, 
Pyle Middle School

Aneesha Mishra, Bethesda, MD
7th Grade, 
Pyle Middle School

Jemmie Pollack, Potomac, MD
1st Grade, 
Bells Mill Elementary School

Clara Roberti, Bethesda, MD
4th Grade, 
Carderock Springs Elementary School

Lauren Sheehan, Washington, D.C.
3rd Grade, 
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Hallie Stallings, Chevy Chase, MD
6thGradeStone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Victor Thaxton, Bethesda, MD
5th Grade, Ashburton Elementary School

Roland Vaughan, Bethesda, MD
2nd Grade, 
Washington Episcopal School

Jake Waxman, Bethesda, MD
McLean School

2016 Youth Writing Contest Winners