Announcing the 1st annual May Day Mountain Chapbook Series 

The winning author will receive $100 in prize money plus fifty 5x7, handmade letterpress copies of their manuscript, designed and illustrated by May Day Studio of Montpelier, Vermont.  

  • $10.00 reading fee.
  • Reading period: November 8, 2019 – March 1, 2020. 
  • Winner will be announced in the spring of 2020.
  • Send 30-50 pages of fiction, short stories, poetics, nonfiction, hybrid, short scripts, experimental biography and autobiography, as well as new approaches to journalism, scholarship, and critique.
  • If needed, include a table of contents and acknowledgments.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 
  • Every submitter will receive a hardcopy of a classic issue of Hunger Mountain.


The Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize, The Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, The Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing, The Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize, & The International Young Writers Prize are open for submissions from November 1, 2019, to March 1, 2020.

For the first four categories, one first place winner receives $1,000 & online publication, & one runner-up receives $100 & online publication. You may enter more than one piece in each category, or separate pieces in multiple categories, but each entry needs its own entry fee. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us know within twenty-four hours if your work is accepted elsewhere, & please know that we can’t refund entry fees. You can read previous winners here.

The Guest Judges will be announced soon. We look forward to reading your best!

The Young Writers Prize is open to all genres of creative writing: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, & writing for children. Our goal is to foster the next generation of creative writers, & to encourage young people to make their voices heard.One winner will receive a $100 honorarium & online publication. Read the inaugural winner here. This contest is judged by Hunger Mountain’s Assistant Editors.


We only consider work that has not been previously published in print or online—personal websites and social media platforms do count as previous publication.

The winning author will receive $100 in prize money plus fifty 5x7, handmade letterpress copies of their manuscript, designed and illustrated by May Day Studio of Montpelier, Vermont.  

  • $10.00 reading fee.
  • Reading period: November 8, 2019 – March 1, 2020. 
  • Winner will be announced in the spring of 2020.
  • Send 30-50 pages of fiction, short stories, poetics, nonfiction, hybrid, short scripts, experimental biography and autobiography, as well as new approaches to journalism, scholarship, and critique.
  • If needed, include a table of contents and acknowledgments.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 
  • Every submitter will receive a hardcopy of a classic issue of Hunger Mountain.

Please enter one original, unpublished story under 8,000 words. 

Please submit up to three poems in one entry (all three poems in one Word document or PDF).


Please enter an original, unpublished piece under 8,000 words. Your entry may be a short story or a book/novel excerpt, but if it's an excerpt it should stand alone. 

Please let us know if this piece is intended for Young Adult, Middle Grade, or younger audiences. 

We do accept (but we don’t require) illustrations along with picture book manuscripts. 

Please enter an original unpublished piece of creative nonfiction, no more than 8,000 words. 

This contest is open to only high school student writers (ages 14-18) from around the world, in all genres of creative writing: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for young adults & children, & hybrid work. Students in Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA Program in Writing & Publishing will judge submissions and choose an overall winner, as well as a finalist in each genre. The winner will receive $100 and online publication, and the finalists' names will be listed online. 

Our goal with this prize is to foster the next generation of creative writers, and to encourage young people to make their voices heard. We look forward to reading your best work. 

We accept, per entry: 

  • One short story of up to 5,000 words
  • One essay of up to 5,000 words
  • One document with up to 3 poems included 
  • One piece of writing for children of up to 5,000 words 

You may enter multiple submissions, but please limit to one entry per genre category. 

Here's your chance to get your copy of the newest issue from Hunger Mountain! 

Issue 23: Silence & Power is guest edited by Natalie Scenters-Zapico, James Scott, and Yamile S. Méndez. It has been designed beautifully by Dana Lyons and feautures new work from Michael Martone, Paul Tran, Rosebud Ben-Oni, W. Todd Kaneko, Tiphanie Yanique, Rita Banerjee, & more.  

Your purchase gets you a back issue of Hunger Mountain from our selection of available older print issues of the journal, featuring work by writers such as George Saunders, Pam Houston, and Xu Xi. 


Click on the "Submit" button below to purchase an issue. Thank you!

Your subscription gets you the next two print issues* of Hunger Mountain, which publishes award-winning poems, stories, essays, artwork, children's lit, and other surprises. Your subscription begins with the most current issue in print, and will continue until the next print issue is released. Our issues are published annually in the spring.

*Note: International orders that need to be shipped outside of the U.S. will receive one print issue.

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