2022 Bechtel Prize Winner

T&W Magazine is pleased to share the 2022 Bechtel Prize winning essay, Multilingual Approaches Toward English Prose, by Shilpi Suneja. In the essay, Suneja describes a writing activity with her students in Hawai’i which asks them to examine their relationships and attitudes toward a language other than English. The resulting student writing was rich and evocative, with students exploring their family histories and deeply rooted relationship to language.

Additional essays recognized in the 2022 Bechtel Prize competition are:

Runner Up:

Some Victorious Answer to Everything by Julie Albright

Third Place:

Elective Anonymous by Candice Iloh

Honorable Mention:

Walking and Writing by Candice Kelsey


Visit Teachers & Writers Magazine to read Shilpi Sunela’s winning essay. The runner-up, third place, and honorable mention essays will be published in the coming weeks.


The Bechtel 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 kid’s lives. The Bechtel Prize is awarded annually by Teachers and Writers Collaborative for an essay on the art of teaching the literary arts.

For more information on the Bechtel Prize and look at the previous winning essays, visit twc.org