Bechtel Prize


For an Innovative Creative Writing Classroom Project.

The submission deadline for the 2020 Bechtel Prize is January 31, 2020.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Bechtel Prize in support of literary arts education.

The submission selected to receive the Bechtel Prize will be published in Teachers & Writers Magazine, and the prizewinner will receive a $1,000 honorarium.   The prize winner must agree to send Teachers & Writers Magazine a report on the completion of their exciting vision by 12/31/2020. 

Submissions may include—but are not limited to—proposals that:

  • help students identify as writers
  • open new pathways to creative writing
  • engage students in all parts of the writing process
  • promote connections between reading and writing
  • support the publication of student writing
  • the ideal plan will be a combination of a narrative describing the inspiration behind the plan, followed by the plan itself.  Click here for lesson plans published by T&W magazine that can serve as an example of this format.

This prize is named for Louise Seaman Bechtel, who was an editor, author, collector of children’s books, and teacher.  She was the first person to head a juvenile book department at an American publishing house.  As such, she took children’s literature seriously, helped establish the field, and was a tireless advocate for the importance of literature in kids’ lives.

Selection criteria for the Bechtel Prize include the project’s relevance and appropriateness for readers of Teachers & Writers Magazine, most of whom teach writing at the elementary, secondary, or post-secondary 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 visit the magazine to become familiar with the work of Teachers & Writers, and to read past published lesson plans and articles.  The prize selection committee is made up of members of the editorial board of Teachers & Writers Magazine.

Please refer to the submission guidelines for additional information here.

You can read past winners of the award here.

The Bechtel Prize was named in honor of Louise Seaman Bechtel, the first person to head a juvenile book department at an American publishing house. Teachers & Writers Collaborative thanks The Cerimon Fund for its support of the Bechtel Prize.

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