Youth Writing Contest

"My Favorite Character from a Book"
Deadline: February 27, 5pm


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 2015 Youth Writing Contest Winners!

Teo Burgess, Rockville, MD
4th Grade, Landon School

Jacob Lee, Germantown, MD
2nd Grade, 
Sparks Marsunaga Elementary

Aral Markert, Rockville, MD
7th Grade, Tilden Middle School

Garvey Mortley, Bethesda, MD
1st Grade, 
Garrett Park Elementary School

Anna Owens, Kensington, MD
7th Grade, St. Jane de Chantal

Kelsea Petersen, Chevy Chase, MD
6th Grade, North Chevy Chase School

Priya Ramcharan, Bethesda, MD
1st Grade, Bethesda Elementary

Zoe Rosenstock, Potomac, MD
4th Grade, Bells Mill Elementary

Zach Yaqub, Bethesda, MD
5th Grade, Wood Acres Elementary

Maia Zimmers, Rockville, MD
5th Grade, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

2014 Youth Writing Contest Winners