DEADLINE: February 14, 2014
First place: $500, published on The Writer’s Center’s “First Person Plural” blog, and a free class and membership to The Writer’s Center.
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
All winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership Web site and honored at a special event during the Bethesda Literary Festival, held April 11-13, 2014.
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 Your poem must be your original work and must be currently unpublished.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.
Open to residents of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who are 18 or older at the time of the entry deadline. 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.
The judge for this contest is Professor of English at George Washington University, David McAleavey.
Winners will be contacted by March 24, 2014.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-215-6660, Ext. 117.
For more information, please visit