For more information on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, please visit www.bethesda.org.

Essay Contest - High School Category 

 

Deadline: January 16, 2024 

Topic: Open 

Awards 

1st Place: $250 and published in the July/August issue of Bethesda Magazine 

2nd Place: $150 

3rd Place: $75 

Honorable Mention: $50 

 

All winning essays will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and will be honored at a special event during the Local Writer's Showcase, March 15, 2024. 

 

Requirements Essays must be limited to 500 words or less about a topic of the writer's choosing. Only one entry per person. Your essay must be your original work. Any essays containing material that is obscene or objectionable will be disqualified. 

 

Eligibility Students must attend a public or private school or reside in Washington, D.C. or Montgomery County, MD to be eligible. Students in High School ages 18 are able to submit. 

Current and former employees, contractors, directors, and officers of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) and their immediate family members are ineligible. Current students, relatives, or close personal friends of the judge(s) are also ineligible. Only one entry per person. 

 

Judges TBD 

 

Notification Winners will be contacted by February 2024. 

 

Copyright All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have in the essays they submit, but by participating in this contest and submitting essays, all entrants grant Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) the right, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted essays (in complete form or in excerpted form) on the BUP website, on other websites, and in other media. 

 

Questions? Please email essay@bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660, Ext. 117. 

 

For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org

 

Bethesda Poetry Contest 

 

Deadline: January 22, 2024

 

Awards - Up to three Young Poets will receive a $75 prize. 

All winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership Web site and honored at a special event during the Local Writer's Showcase, held March 14, 2024. 

 

Requirements Poems cannot be more than 21 lines of text. Do not double space your entry. Only one entry per person. Your poem must be your original work and must be currently unpublished. Any poems containing material that is obscene or objectionable will be disqualified. 

 

Eligibility Students must be residents or attend a school in Montgomery County, MD or Washington, D.C.. Current and former employees, contractors, directors, and officers of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) and their immediate family members are ineligible. Current students, relatives, or close personal friends of the judge(s) are also ineligible. Must be between 14-18 years old at the time of the entry deadline. Only one entry per person. 

 

Judge TBD 

 

Notification Winners will be contacted by February, 2024. 

 

Copyright All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have in the poems they submit, but by participating in this contest and submitting poems, all entrants grant Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) the right, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted poems (in complete form or in excerpted form) on the BUP Web site, on other Web sites, and in other media. 

 

Questions? Please email poetry@bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660, Ext. 117. 

 

For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org.

 

Essay Contest - Adult (Ages 18+) Category 

 

DEADLINE: January 16, 2024 

 

Topic: Open 

 

Awards 

First place: $500, published in the July/August issue of Bethesda Magazine, and complimentary class and membership to The Writer's Center. 

Second place: $250 

Third place: $150 

Honorable Mention: $100 

 

All winning essays will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and will be honored at a special virtual event during Bethesda's Local Writer's Showcase March 15, 2024. 

 

Requirements Essays must be limited to 500 words or less about a topic of the writer's choosing. Only one entry per person. Your essay must be your original work. Any essays containing material that is obscene or objectionable will be disqualified. Previously published essays are not eligible. 

 

Eligibility Residents of Washington, D.C. and the select counties of Maryland (Montgomery, Prince George's, Howard and Frederick) and Virginia (Arlington/Alexandria and Fairfax) are eligible. Current and former employees, contractors, directors, and officers of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) and their immediate family members are ineligible. Current students, relatives, or close personal friends of the judge(s) are also ineligible. Only one entry per person. 

 

Judges TBD 

 

Notification Winners will be contacted in February 2024. 

 

Copyright All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have in the essays they submit, but by participating in this contest and submitting essays, all entrants grant Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) the right, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted essays (in complete form or in excerpted form) on the BUP website, on other websites, and in other media.

 

 Questions? Please email essay@bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660, Ext. 117. 

 

For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org

 

Bethesda Poetry Contest 

 

Deadline: January 22, 2024 

 

Awards 

First place: $350, published on The Writer's Center's blog and magazine, and a free class and membership to The Writer's Center.

Second Place: $250 

Third Place: $150 

Honorable Mention: $75 

 

All winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership website and honored at a special event during the Local Writer's Showcase, March 14, 2024. 

 

Requirements Poems cannot be more than 21 lines of text. Do not double space your entry. Only one entry per person. Your poem must be your original work and must be currently unpublished. Any poems containing material that is obscene or objectionable will be disqualified. 

 

Eligibility Residents of Washington, D.C. and the select counties of Maryland (Montgomery, Prince George's, Howard and Frederick) and Virginia (Arlington/Alexandria and Fairfax) are eligible. Current and former employees, contractors, directors, and officers of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) and their immediate family members are ineligible. Current students, relatives, or close personal friends of the judge(s) are also ineligible. Only one entry per person. 

 

Judge TBD 

 

Notification Winners will be contacted by February 2024. 

 

Copyright All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have in the poems they submit, but by participating in this contest and submitting poems, all entrants grant Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) the right, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted poems (in complete form or in excerpted form) on the BUP Web site, on other Web sites, and in other media.

 

Questions? Please email poetry@bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660, Ext. 117. 

 

For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org.

 

$25.00

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District once again invites local artists to submit work to the 19th annual Bethesda Painting Awards. This juried art competition awards $14,000 in prizes to four selected winners.  The Bethesda Painting Awards was established by Carol Trawick in 2005.

 Ms. Trawick has served as a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda. She is past Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, past Chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and Founder of The Trawick Prize. Additionally, the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation was established in 2007 after the Trawicks sold their successful information technology company.



Awards:

Best in Show - $10,000

Second Place - $2,000

Third Place - $1,000

Young Artist* - $1,000

*Young Artist whose birthday is after February 28, 1994 may be awarded this prize.

 The Jurors will select up to nine finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in June 2024.
 

Eligibility

 Artists must be 18 years of age or older and permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. All original 2-D painting including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic and mixed media will be accepted.

 The maximum dimensions should not exceed 60 inches in width. All works on paper must be framed to full conservation standards. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the June 2024 Gallery B exhibition.

 The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District will collect a 50% commission on any artwork that is sold during the exhibition. Artwork does not have to be for sale at the exhibition. Selected artists must deliver and pick up artwork to and from Gallery B.

Jury
 

  • Virginia Anderson, Department Head of American Painitng & Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Scott Hutchison,  Associate Professor of Practice in painting and drawing, Georgetown University
  • Nicole Santiago,  2023 Best in Show Winner, Bethesda Painting Awards


 

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