Frederick Buechner Prize Submissions

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Monday, April 12, 2021 - 9:00am
Event Contact Name: 
Christian Wiman
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The Frederick Buechner Prize

All current students of YDS, Berkeley, Andover Newton, and the ISM are invited to submit essays and compete for the Frederick Buechner Prize for creative nonfiction. The winning essay, selected by a panel of professors, will be published in LETTERS, and its author will receive a $1,000 prize.

The prize is named in honor of the writer and theologian Frederick Buechner, who, among his numerous honors, gave the Beecher Lectures at YDS in the 1976–1977 academic year. The prize was established thanks to a gift to YDS from the Frederick Buechner Institute.

Essays should be between 1,500 and 5,000 words and contain a religious theme or element. Essays should be unpublished at the time of submission. (An essay that has been accepted for publication at a later date is eligible.) Each student is allowed to submit a single essay.

The winner will be announced at Commencement if that winner is graduating, or at the YDS fall awards ceremony next year if the winner is a continuing student. If either
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 9 at noon (ET). Due to disruptions this semester, please direct any questions and email your submissions directly to Christian Wiman.