Essay and short story contest -- Gazette.Net


As part of the 14th annual Bethesda Literary Festival, local writers are invited to enter the Essay & Short Story Contest for a chance to win $500 and be published in Bethesda Magazine.

The Bethesda Urban Partnership, a nonprofit that markets downtown Bethesda, and Bethesda Magazine have partnered to welcome adults ages 18 and over and high school students to write a 500-word essay and/or a 4,000-word short story about any topic, for the contest.

The first place winners in each category will be awarded $500 and be published Bethesda Magazine; second place winners are honored with $250; third place winners will receive $150; and honorable mentions will be awarded $75 each. The first place winners also will receive a gift certificate to The Writer’s Center.

High school winners will receive $250 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. Bethesda Magazine will print the first place Essay & Short Story.

All winners’ essays and short stories will be published on the Bethesda Magazine and Bethesda Urban Partnership’s websites and will be honored at a special event during the Bethesda Literary Festival.

Judges for the essay portion of the contest include American University MFA program professor Rachel Louise Snyder, a public radio commentator and writer whose work has been published in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Slate, Salon, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Redbook and Glamour; and Bethesda Magazine associate editor, Julie Rasicot.

Entries for the Essay & Short Story Contest must be received by Friday, Jan. 25. For entry requirements and eligibility, call 301-215-6660 or visit

The 14th annual Bethesda Literary Festival will also showcase novelists, journalists, poets and children’s authors throughout downtown Bethesda’s bookstores, arts organizations and community centers. For more information, call 301-215-6660 or visit