Our 2020 SHORT STORY CONTESTS is now completed. Access video (first 1 hours 4 minutes) of winner recitations and their stories below.
Watch our Panel on  Gatsby at Large in the Public Domain: What’s Next? is also on the video from 1:10 to 2:34 

Congratulations to our 2020 Short Story Contest Winners!

(click story titles for PDFs of stories)

Adult winners


First Prize:

Rates and Vessels

Raisa Tolchinsky

Video: 51:30 -106


Golden Boy

Luke Woodard

Video 38:30-51

An Empty Nest

Briana Maley

Video 28 -38:30

Student winners


First Prize:

When It Rains

Finn Periz


The Ocean in My Room

Amanda Wu

Love Languages

Caroline Dinh

Special thanks to Davina Thrower Smith,

Mary Hopkins and

Nate Brown and

Eric Carzon

for their leadership on the contest as well as volunteers from The Bethesda Writer's Center  for their story reviews and to the Center for its  logistical help making reviews go smoothly. 

Submissions were accepted online or by mail.
Details about mailing submissions, see information below.

We expect to take future

entries online

Stay tuned for details.

The 2021 contests will start on March 15 and submissions

are due  by June 30, 2021.

Details will be posted in February on how to submit

stories on this website.

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