All current students of YDS, Berkeley, and the Institute of Sacred Music are invited to submit essays and compete for the Frederick Buechner Prize for creative nonfiction. The winner, to be selected by a panel of professors, will receive a $1,000 prize and have his or her essay published in Letters.
The deadline for submissions will be announced in Spring 2018.
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 1976-77 academic year. The Buechner 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 Essays should be unpublished at the time of submission.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. Entries must be turned in to Jacqueline Campoli in the Institute of Sacred Music office-hard copies preferred. Students may contact Jacqueline for more information.
The winner will be announced at Commencement if that winner is graduating, or at the fall awards ceremony next year if she or he is a continuing student.