The Winners of the 2014 Short Story & Essay Contests
If there had been a theme for this year’s short story and essay contests, it would have to have been “The Outsider.” Many of the entries dealt with feelings of isolation—in some instances, marginalization arising from sexual orientation or ethnicity; in others, isolation resulting from a particular moment in one’s life.
The contest—jointly sponsored by Bethesda Magazine and the Bethesda Urban Partnership—drew about 100 entries in each of the four categories (Adult Short Story, Young Adult Short Story, Adult Essay and Young Adult Essay). The first-place winners were awarded cash prizes ranging from $250 to $500 each at the Bethesda Literary Festival in April.
You can read the winners and runners-up below.
Adult Short Story
- First Place, Susan Alpert, "Freddie Prinze's Children"
- Second Place, Ken Drexler, "February 29th"
- Third Place, Mary Switalski, "Soft Species"
- Honorable Mention, Jennifer Bolognese, "They Wore the Mines"
Young Adult Short Story
- First Place, Zoe Johnson, "The Subway Away"
- Second Place, Dominique Bander, "Moreland House"
- Third Place, Sara Franklin-Gillette, "The Stars and the Snow"
- Honorable Mention, Kate Conlan, "The Choice"
- Honorable Mention, Amal Haque, "Do Something"
- First Place, Jean Kim, "Pantry"
- Second Place, Karen Napolitano, "A Closet Full of Empty"
- Third Place, Sue McShane Paul, "Sunny In My Shadow"
- Honorable Mention, Robert Granader, "The Gift of Long Hours"
- Honorable Mention, Seema Reza, "River"
- Honorable Mention, Daisy Hernandez, "The Wallet"
Young Adult Essay
- First Place, Logan Dreher, "Aria"
- Second Place, Zoe Johnson, "Someday My Prince Will Come"
- Third Place, Yasmeen Mughal, "Where I Belong"
- Honorable Mention, Catherine Mondoa, "How It Feels to Be Black Haired Me"
- Honorable Mention, Jessica Li, "Dreamer Keeper"
- Honorable Mention, Lucy Sears, "Just Keep Paddling"