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

Overview
The seventh annual Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards is searching for the best songwriters in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The competition, founded by Cathy Bernard, is named in honor of Fred Ebb, one of the great American songwriters and creator of Broadway hits such as Cabaret and Chicago and iconic songs including New York, New York


Applicants are invited to submit three original songs. Each song must have lyrics. Therefore, instrumental compositions are not accepted. All genres are accepted. Maximum song length is 4:30min. 


The adjudicated contest will award one talented songwriter a Grand Prize of $10,000. A young songwriter who is 17 or younger will also be honored with $2,500. (*Please see alternate application form for Young Songwriter entries.)

Judging
The contest will be a multi-staged, adjudicated competition. Jurors will include professional artists, venue operators, booking agents and music academia. The jury will select the finalists who will perform their original songs during a concert in Bethesda, Maryland on Friday, April 1, 2022 at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club. Each finalist will perform two of the songs they submitted for the competition. The Grand Prize Jury (TBA) will attend the concert to select the winners. The winning songwriter and young songwriter will be announced at the close of the show.
 
Judging Criteria

  • Composition
  • Lyrics
  • Originality
  • Melody/Harmony

Eligibility
Songwriters who are 18 years of age or older and are permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. are invited to apply. Songwriters who are 17-years-old and younger are eligible to enter under the Young Songwriter category (Young Songwriter entrants must be born after December 6, 2003. Please see separate application). 


Applicants must be available to perform their original songs for a live audience in Bethesda,  Maryland on Friday, April 1, 2022.
*Please see application to list an alternate performer if the songwriter is not also the singer.


The names and addresses of all contributing writers must be included in the entry form. It is the responsibility of the entrant to divide any prizes with co-writers as appropriate.


A lyric sheet must be included for each song.


The Grand Prize Winner and Young Songwriter Winner will  be given local performance opportunities in the months following their award. Events and dates are forthcoming. The Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards requests that the winners are available for each performance opportunity.

Restrictions

  • Applicants must not have made more than $5,000 in publishing royalties in 2020 and 2021 combined. 
  • Entrants can’t be employed as a staff writer for a publishing company, nor have been paid for such services by a publishing company. 
  • All submissions must be original and the sole work of the writer(s) listed. Entries shall not infringe on any copyrights, trademarks, intellectual property rights or any other rights of a third party. Submissions that violate these terms will be immediately disqualified. Applicants shall hold Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District from and against claims inconsistent with these requirements. Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards shall not be held liable for any legal action that results from unlawful or restricted submissions. 
  • All songwriters must be permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. 
  • Songwriters must appear on only one application. Songwriters may not be listed on more than one submission, including as a co-writer.  

 Notifications
Finalists will be notified approximately 4-6 weeks before the live performance in Bethesda, Maryland.
For more information about the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards please visit www.bethesda.org.
 

Overview
The seventh annual Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards is searching for the best young songwriters in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The competition, founded by Cathy Bernard, is named in honor of Fred Ebb, one of the great American songwriters and creator of Broadway hits such as Cabaret and Chicago and iconic songs including New York, New York. The adjudicated contest will award one talented, young songwriter who is 17 or younger, $2,500.


Applicants must submit an original song. The song must have lyrics. Therefore, instrumental compositions are not accepted. All genres are accepted. Maximum song length is 4:30min. *Young Songwriter entrants (including co-writers/performers) must be born after December 6, 2003.


Judging
The contest will be a multi-staged, adjudicated competition. Jurors will include professional artists, venue operators, booking agents and music academia. The jury will select the finalists who will perform their original songs during a concert in Bethesda, Maryland on Friday, April 1, 2022.  Each finalist will perform the song they submitted for the competition. The Grand Prize Jury will attend the concert to select the winners. The winning songwriter and young songwriter will be announced at the close of the show.


Grand Prize Jury TBA

Judging Criteria

  • Composition
  • Lyrics
  • Originality
  • Melody/Harmony

Eligibility

  • Songwriters who are 17-years-old or younger and are permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. are invited to apply. Young Songwriter entrants (including co-writers/performers) must be born after December 6, 2003.
  • Applicants must be available to perform their original song for a live audience in Bethesda,  Maryland on Friday, April 1, 2022.*Please see application to list an alternate performer if the songwriter is not also the singer.
  • The names and addresses of all contributing writers must be included in the entry form. It is the responsibility of the entrant to divide any prizes with co-writers as appropriate. 
  • A lyric sheet must be included.
  • The Young Songwriter Winner will  be given local performance opportunities in the months following their award. Events and dates are forthcoming. The Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards requests that the winner is available for each performance opportunity.

Restrictions

  • Applicants must not have made more than $5,000 in publishing royalties in 2020 and 2021 combined. 
  • Entrants can’t be employed as a staff writer for a publishing company, nor have been paid for such services by a publishing company. 
  • All submissions must be original and the sole work of the writer(s) listed. Entries shall not infringe on any copyrights, trademarks, intellectual property rights or any other rights of a third party. Submissions that violate these terms will be immediately disqualified. Applicants shall hold Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District from and against claims inconsistent with these requirements. Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards shall not be held liable for any legal action that results from unlawful or restricted submissions. 
  • All songwriters must be permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. 
  • Songwriters must only appear on one application. Songwriters may not be listed on more than one submission, including as a co-writer.  

 Notifications
Finalists will be notified approximately 4-6 weeks before the live performance in Bethesda, Maryland.
For more information about the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards please visit www.bethesda.org.
 

Bethesda Poetry Contest

Deadline: January 17, 2022.

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 2021.
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, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William) 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, 2022.
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.

Bethesda Poetry Contest


Deadline: January 17, 2022



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 2022.
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, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William) 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. Must be between 14-17 years old at the time of the entry deadline.

Only one entry per person.


Judge

TBD

Notification

Winners will be contacted by February, 2022.

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 10, 2022

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: $75


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 in March 2022.
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, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William) 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 2022.
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.

 

Essay Contest - High School Category

Deadline: January 10, 2022

Topic: Open

Awards

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

2nd Place:$100

3rd Place: $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 2022.



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

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 2022.
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.



 

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