2013 BECHTEL PRIZE
Since 2004, Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) has honored the author of an exemplary essay on literary arts education with the annual Bechtel Prize. Submissions for the award offer compelling portraits of the work done in creative writing classrooms, address important issues in creative writing education, and/or explore the nature of the writing life.
The 2013 Bechtel Prize winner and finalists will be selected by Susan Orlean, the best-selling author of eight books, including My Kind of Place, The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup, Saturday Night, and Lazy Little Loafers. Her 1999 book The Orchid Thief was made into the Oscar-winning movie Adaptation. In 2011, Orlean published Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. Orlean has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1992, and her work has also appeared in Esquire, Rolling Stone, Outside, Smithsonian, and the New York Times.
The essay selected to receive the Bechtel Prize appears in Teachers & Writers Magazine and on the T&W website, and the author receives a $1,000 honorarium. Honoraria totaling $500 are shared by the authors of entries selected as finalists for the prize, which may also be published in Teachers & Writers Magazine.
Possible topics for Bechtel Prize submissions include contemporary issues in creative writing education, innovative approaches to teaching literary forms and genres, and the intersection between literature and imaginative writing. The previous winners of the Bechtel Prize can be found here.
Selection criteria for the Bechtel Prize include the essay’s relevance and appropriateness for readers of Teachers & Writers Magazine, most of whom teach at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary level. Teachers & Writers Magazine publishes work that is concise, lively, and geared to a general audience. Prospective entrants for the Bechtel Prize are encouraged to review a sample issue of Teachers & Writers Magazine to familiarize themselves with the publication’s style. Go here to order a sample issue of the magazine for $5.00.
The submission deadline for the 2013 Bechtel Prize is 5:00 PM (Eastern), Monday, July 1, 2013. Please refer to the submission guidelines below for additional information.
2013 Bechtel Prize Submission Guidelines
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