Wednesday, February 16, 2011

No-Fee Short-Short Contest and Essay Contest for DC-area Writers

Here’s a no-fee short-short fiction contest that looks good:

The Bevel Summers Prize for the Short Short Story

The Bevel Summers Prize in the Short Short Story is open to all authors of stories of up to 1,000 words. Stories should be sent to Bevel Summers/Shenandoah, Mattingly House, 2 Lee Ave., Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450 and must be received by March 31.

Send two copies, one with name and contact information, including e-mail address, and a duplicate with no identifying information, along with an sase for notification. The winner will receive a $250 prize and be featured prominently on Shenandoah's first online issue. There is no entry fee for the 2011 contest. A judge has not yet been selected.


And here’s an essay contest for local folks…but get cracking! The deadline is 2/25!

Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine Writing Contest

The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine celebrate local writers at the Bethesda Literary Festival with a writing contest.

The deadline is approaching. Submissions must be e-mailed by February 25th. The essay contest is open to residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and is broken into adult and young adult categories. The short story contest is open to residents of Montgomery County, MD and Upper NW Washington, D.C., and is also broken into adult and young adult categories.

For more contest rules and details, and to read more about the fabulous prizes (including Writer’s Center gift certificates and publication in Bethesda Magazine), check their website:


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.