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The 27th annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival
Our Short Story Contest starts March 1
Use the buttons below to go to submission pages
The Main Day for our 2024 F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival with
honoree Jesmyn Ward and special guest, Kiese Laymon will held be on
Saturday Sept. 28th, 2024.
The theme of this year's festival is:
 "Writing the Hard Stories"
Our Keynote Speaker is David Ignatius of the Washington Post
He will talk about:

"The Impossibility of Trying to Write a “Gatsbyesque” Novel…and Other Lessons from a Journo- Literary Career”

On Friday evening, September 27, the Writer's Center in Bethesda will sponsor "An Evening of Tributes to Jesmyn Ward."
Stay tuned for more details about all our events and contests.
Jesmyn Ward is American novelist and a professor of English at Tulane University, where she holds the Andrew W. Mellon Professorship in the Humanities.
She won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction for her second novel Salvage the Bones and also won the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction for her novel Sing, Unburied, Sing.

2024 FITZGERALD AWARD Honoree 

Jesmyn Ward

Special Guest

Kiese Laymon  

Keynote

David Ignatius 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival was established in 1996 to celebrate the centenary of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birth, in Rockville, Maryland, the city where Fitzgerald, his wife, and his daughter are buried. The Festival seeks to honor the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and those of prominent American literary artists and to support, encourage, and assist aspiring and emerging writers and students interested in the literary arts. Originally a one-day event, the Festival now includes programs on three or four days. The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival is co-sponsored by the City of Rockville and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.

2023
FESTIVAL OVERVIEW

The main day of the 2023 annual Literary Festival with Honoree Jonathan Franzen was held Oct. 21, 2021 Main
 at Montgomery College Theater Arts Building
Stay Tuned for images and video of the 2023 Literary Festival 
More on the Venue here
2022
FESTIVAL OVERVIEW

Read an overview of 2022 and learn more about the  Festival.

FESTIVAL
NEWS

Get up to date information about the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival below.

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THE WRITER'S CENTER

Visit the website of one of our festival partners, The Writer's Center.

CONTACT US

F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.

Rockville City Hall

111 Maryland Avenue

Rockville, MD  20850

fscottfestival1@gmail.com 

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