Write On

The short stories and essays that took the top prizes in our annual writing competition





Illustration by David Owens

The winners of the 2017 short story and essay contests are an impressive group. Both of the adult winners are in their 20s, and the high school short story winner was the 2016 essay contest winner. This year, 100 adults and 41 high school students entered the short story contest, and 116 adults and 47 high school students entered the essay contest. The writers who placed in the contests, which were sponsored by Bethesda Magazine and the Bethesda Urban Partnership, were awarded cash prizes ranging from $50 to $500 at the Bethesda Literary Festival in April. 

Short Story

 

Adult Short Story

 

High School Short Story

 

Essay

 

Adult Essay

 

High School Essay

 

Judges

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