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ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN-PATRICK THOMAS
THE COMPLEXI TY OF personal relationships and the struggle to be accepted were recurring themes in this year’s short story and essay contests.
Many of the hundreds of entries addressed those issues, exploring the roles
that family members and others play in defining who we become.
The winners of the contests, which were jointly sponsored by Bethesda
Magazine and the Bethesda Urban Partnership, received cash prizes ranging
from $250 to $500 at the Bethesda Literary Festival in April. Their stories
and essays appear on the pages that follow.
You can read the runners-up from both contests at BethesdaMagazine.com
and at www.bethesda.org.