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The Winners of the 2014 Short Story & Essay Contests

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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.

Short Story

Adult Short Story

Young Adult Short Story


Adult Essay

Young Adult Essay

The Judges


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