July-August 2021 | Short Stories & Essays

In their own words

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

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2021 Short Story & Essay Contest

Bethesda Magazine and the Bethesda Urban Partnership sponsor an annual competition for local writers. This year, 304 adults and high school students entered the short story contest, and 222 adults and high school students entered the essay contest. The writers who placed in the contests were awarded cash prizes ranging from $25 to $500.

Short Story Contest

Adult Short Story Contest

High School Short Story Contest

Essay Contest

Adult Essay Contest

High School Essay Contest


Meet the judges of this year’s writing competition.