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: $100
Third Place: $50
Honorable Mention: $25
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 March 2022. Winners will be notified by April 30, 2022.
Short stories must be 4,000 words or less. Only one entry per person permitted.
Submitted stories must be the author’s original work and cannot have been previously published elsewhere (for winning stories, after they are published, the rights revert to the author and they are free to have it published elsewhere at that time).
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+).
To submit a short story, please use the form below. To submit an essay, click here to submit to Bethesda Urban Partnership.
The event will be held on Wednesday, June 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bark Social in North Bethesda. We will provide pizza, non-alcoholic beverages and one drink voucher per member. If you plan to bring your dog and you're not a Bark Social member, be sure to fill out this registration form and upload proof of vaccination. You do not need to enter credit card information. Bethesda Beat will cover the costs.