Thursday, February 14, 2008


Contest and Reading at Writer's Center

Bethesda Magazine Short Story Writing Contests, sponsored by The Writer’s Center. The contest is open to all residents of Montgomery County.

The winning author will receive $1,000 in addition to his/her story being published in Bethesda Magazine’s July/August issue. The second and third place authors will receive $500 and $250 respectively and their stories will be published on the Bethesda Magazine website.

Stories must be submitted by March 15. For more information and rules of the contest, and a writing contest for high school students, please visit:


The Writer’s Center will present a reading by photojournalist Jim LoScalzo author of Evidence of My Existence (Ohio University Press) and Scott Hightower, author of Part of the Bargain (Copper Canyon Press), on Sunday, February 24, at 2 p.m. at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, Maryland 20815. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Free admission.

Jim Lo Scalzo has been a staff photographer with U.S. News & World Report since 1994. His assignments have taken him to more than 60 countries, and he has won several awards in the Pictures of the Year International and White House News Photographers’ Association photo competitions.

“Set against a backdrop of the most stunning settings the world has to offer—from India to Antarctica—Evidence of My Existence is an intimate and intricate exploration of ambition and the difficult decisions artists are forced to make in search of a balance between work, the love of work, and love itself. Jim Lo Scalzo serves as a brilliant guide—by turns hilarious and heart-torn— and has created a masterful memoir, an exquisite debut!” —Julianna Baggott, author of Which Brings Me to You and Compulsions of Silkworms and Bees

Scott Hightower’s third book of poems, A Part of the Bargain (Copper Canyon) is winner of the Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets. His writings have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Salmagundi, The Yale Review, and The Paris Review. He teaches at Fordham University and New York University and is a contributing editor to The Journal.

The Writer’s Center, a 501c3 nonprofit literary support organization now in its 31st year, offers workshops and readings year-round. Our website,, more fully describes our programs.

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