Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest

Topic: Open

Poems cannot be more than 21 lines of text. Do not double space your entry. Only one entry per person. Your poem must be your original work and must be currently unpublished. Any poems containing material that is obscene or objectionable will be disqualified.

Residents of Washington, D.C., and select counties of Maryland (Montgomery, Prince George's, Howard and Frederick) and Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William) 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. Young Poets must be between 14-17 years of age.

Michael Glaser
Michael S. Glaser served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 – 2009.  He is a Professor Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he served as both a professor of English and an administrator for nearly 40 years.  While at St. Mary’s, he co-founded and directed the annual Literary Festival as well as the VOICES literary reading series.  A recipient of the Homer Dodge Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching, Glaser has also received the Columbia Merit Award from the Poetry Committee of the Greater Washington, D.C. area for his service to poetry, and Loyola College’s Andrew White Medal for his dedication to the intellectual and scholarly life, and for his commitment to sustaining the poetic tradition in the State of Maryland. Glaser served as a Maryland State Arts Council poet-in-the-schools for over 25 years. Over 500 of Glaser’s poems have been published in such literary journals and newspapers as the American Scholar, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Christian Science Monitor, The Antioch Review, The Progressive Magazine and Sacred Journey, as well as in numerous anthologies. Glaser received his Bachelor of Arts from Denison University and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Kent State University.


All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have in the poems they submit, but by participating in this contest and submitting poems, all entrants grant Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) the right, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted poems (in complete form or in excerpted form) on the BUP Web site, on other Web sites, and in other media.

  submitDeadline for application:
Friday, February 8, 2019

First Place: 
$350, published on The Writer's Center's "First Person Plural" blog, and a free class and membership to The Writer's Center.
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150

Honorable Mention: $75
Up for three Honorable Mentions will be selected
Young Poet: $75
Up to three Young Poets will be selected

All winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership Web site and honored at a special event during the Local Writer's Showcase, held April 25-26, 2019.

Questions? Please email poetry@bethesda.org 
or call 301-215-6660 ext. 117