Writing Contests

The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor essays and short stories. All Essay and Short Story Contest winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and honored at a special event during Local Writer's Showcase in April 2019.

Essay Contest

Topic: Open

Deadline for application: Friday, January 18, 2019

Awards (Adult)

First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mentions: $75

Awards (High School)

First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50
Honorable Mentions: $25

All winning essays will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and will be honored at a special event during the Local Writer's Showcase in April 2019.

Requirements

Essays must be limited to 500 words or less about a topic of the writer's choosing. Only one entry per person. Your essay must be your original work. Any essays containing material that is obscene or objectionable will be disqualified.  Previously published essays are not eligible.

Eligibility

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.

Judges

Revital Aranbaev Freelance writer and editor; Adjunct Professional Lecturer at American University

Richard Peabody Author; Adjunct Faculty, M.A. in Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University 

Kathleen Seiler Neary Associate Editor, Bethesda Magazine

 
Notification:

Winners will be contacted by March 22, 2019.

Copyright

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

Short Story Contest

Topic: Open

Deadline for application: Friday, January 18, 2019

Awards (Adult)

First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $75

Awards (High School)

First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $50

All winning short stories will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and will be honored at a special event during the Local Writer's Showcase in April 2019.

Requirements

Stories must be limited to 4,000 words or less. Only one entry per person permitted.

Eligibility

Residents of Montgomery County, MD and Upper NW Washington, D.C. (20015 and 20016 ZIP codes) are eligible.
The contest will take entries in two categories: High School (grades 9-12) and Adult (ages 18+).