Poetry Application

The Bethesda Urban Partnership & The Writer's Center have partnered on the 2020 Poetry Contest. All Poetry Contest winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership website and honored at a special event during Local Writer's Showcase in April 16-17,2020.

Topic: Open
Deadline for application: Friday, February 7, 2020 

Awards (Adult)
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 to three Honorable Mentions will be selected)
Online Application for Poetry Contest - Adults 

Awards (High School)
Young Poet: $75 (Up to three Young Poets will be selected)
Online Application for Poetry Contest - High School

All winning poems will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and The Writer's Center websites and will be honored at a special event during the Local Writer's Showcase in April 2020.

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 Your poem must be your original work and must be currently unpublished.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 the 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.
Only one entry per person.

Grace Cavalieri, Maryland Poet Laureate

Cavalieri is the author of 20 books and chapbooks of poetry, the latest are OtherVoices, Other Lives; and Life Upon the Wicked Stage: A Memoir. She's also written texts and lyrics performed for opera, television and film and has had 26 plays produced on American stages. Grace teaches poetry workshops throughout the country at numerous colleges. Grace has received the 2013 George Garrett Award, the Pen-Fiction Award, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Medal, and awards from the National Commission on Working Women, the WV Commission on Women, the American Association of University Women, The DC Poet Laureate Award from Dolores Kendrick, the Paterson lifetime Achievement Award, among others. Cavalieri produced and hosted "The Poet and the Poem," weekly, on WPFW-FM (1977-1997) presenting more than 2,000 poets to the nation. She now presents this series to public radio from the Library of Congress via NPR satellite and Pacifica Radio, celebrating 42 years on air in 2019.

Winners will be contacted by March 23, 2020.

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.