Fwd: prize for essay on creative writing teaching: Bechtel Prize
- The Bechtel Prize
Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) awards the Bechtel Prize
annually in recognition of an exemplary essay addressing important
issues in the areas of creative writing education, literary studies,
and/or the profession of writing. The deadline to receive submissions
for the 2009 Bechtel Prize is 5:00 PM (Eastern), Tuesday, June 30,
In 2009, T&W is seeking Bechtel Prize submissions that explore the
teaching of creative writing in combination with another artistic
discipline, such as dance, media arts, music, theater, or the visual
arts; or with another academic discipline, such as math or history. We
are seeking essays that shed light on the nature of the creative
process and want to read your stories about viewing the art of writing
through a different lens, and your take on the benefits and challenges
of such cross-disciplinary work.
Questions that might be addressed in essays include, but are not
limited to, the following:
What are the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching
Are there aspects of the creative processes central to the literary
arts that students can understand more clearly in the context of other
What are the complications of teaching creative writing with another discipline?
Do writers who teach in an interdisciplinary way find that work
influencing their own creative processes?
The winning essay appears in Teachers & Writers magazine, and the
author receives a $1,500 ho
norarium. Authors of submissions selected as finalists for the award
share honoraria of $500, and their essays may also be published in
Teachers & Writers.
2009 Bechtel Prize Submission Guidelines
Entry fee: $20 for each entry (make checks payable to Teachers &
Writers Collaborative). Each fee entitles the entrant to a new
one-year subscription to Teachers & Writers or a one-year extension of
a current subscription. Please indicate your choice and include a
complete address for subscriptions.
Submissions should relate to teaching creative writing in an
Submissions must be previously unpublished and under 5,000 words in length.
Submissions must be typed, paginated, and double-spaced.
Submissions will be judged anonymously. The author’s name and address
must not appear anywhere on the essay/article.
Two copies of the entry must be submitted. One copy should include a
cover page with the following information: the author’s name, mailing
address, e-mail address, telephone number, the title of the
submission, and where the author learned about the Bechtel Prize. The
other copy should include a cover page with only the title.
Authors of the Bechtel Prize winner and finalists must permit T&W to
publish their submissions in Teachers & Writers. T&W reserves the
right to edit the submissions for publication.
Please mail entries to: The Bechtel Prize, Teachers & Writers
Collaborative, 520 Eighth Ave., Ste. 2020, New York, NY 10018.
Submissions must be received by 5:000PM (Eastern), Tuesday, June 30, 2009.
Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be
reviewed for the Bechtel Prize. Submissions cannot be returned to the