Short Story Contest

Short Story Contest Information and Rules

Your story may be on any topic and is limited to 4,000 words or less. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 22, 2016. Cash prizes ranging from $50 to $500 will be awarded to the winners and runners up.

The winning story will be published in the July/August 2016 issue of Bethesda Magazine. In addition, the winning story and runners up will appear on and on on or about June 24.

Only one submission per writer is allowed.


Eligibility for Short Story Contest:

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


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

Authors of the winning and runner up stories will be honored at a special event during the Bethesda Literary Festival on Friday, April 15, 2016.


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