Bechtel Prize

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) awards the annual Bechtel Prize to the author of an essay that explores creative writing and arts education, the theme of the imagination, and/or creative writing. This year’s winner will be announced by March 2017.

The 2017 Bechtel Prize winner will be chosen by Garth Greenwell, who won the award in 2010. Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, selected for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction long list and shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s 2016 First Novel Prize. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Greenwell holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow and a Richard E. Guthrie Memorial Fellow. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris ReviewA Public Space, StoryQuarterly, and VICE. He lives in Iowa City.

The essay selected to receive the Bechtel Prize will appear in Teachers & Writers Magazine and the author will receive 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.

SUPPORT FOR THE BECHTEL PRIZE To make a contribution to support the Bechtel Prize or Teachers & Writers Magazine, please contact T&W Executive Director Amy Swauger at 212-691-6590 extension 1001,

Previous Winners

All the award-winning essays are collected here.