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. The 2017 Bechtel Prize was awarded to M.K. Rainey for her essay “I Hate Writing: On the Necessity of Being Vulnerable.” The 2017 runner-up was Eileen Sutton for  her story “Dear Mr. Doctorow.”

The 2017 Bechtel Prize was 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.

Submission guidelines for the 2018 Bechtel Prize will be released by July 1, 2017.

The Bechtel Prize was endowed by The Cerimon Fund in honor of Louise Seaman Bechtel, the first person to lead a juvenile book department and a US publishing house. 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, aswauger@twc.org.

Previous Winners

All the award-winning essays are collected here.