Youth Writing Contest

"My Favorite Character from a Book"
Deadline: February 27, 5pm
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Enter the Bethesda Literary Festival Youth Writing Contest and tell us, in your own words, about your favorite character from a book and why.

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 17-19, 2015. 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 27, 2015. NO FAXES OR EMAILS will be accepted.

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

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


Congratulations to the 2014 Youth Writing Contest Winners!

Benjamin Baisinger-Rosen, Bethesda, MD
5th Grade, Bannockburn Elementary

Pearl Hoffman-Byer, Kensington, MD
3rd Grade, Kensington Parkwood Elementary  

Daniela Klein, Bethesda, MD
2nd Grade, Bradley Hills Elementary

Genevieve Klein, Vienna, VA
8h Grade, 
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Nayana MacMillan, Bethesda, MD
8th Grade, Holton-Arms School

Aneesha Mishra, Bethesda, MD
5th Grade, Burning Tree Elementary

Debkanya Mitra, Bethesda, MD
6th Grade, Pyle Middle School

Priya Ramcharan, Bethesda, MD
Kindergarten, Bethesda Elementary

Andre Smith, Jr., Silver Spring, MD
7h Grade, St. John the Baptist

Stephanie Solomon, Bethesda, MD
3rd Grade, Wood Acres Elementary

Hallie Stallings, Chevy Chase, MD
4th Grade, 
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Roland Vaughan, Bethesda, MD
Kindergarten, Wood Acres Elementary 

2014 Youth Writing Contest Winners