Hunger Mountain is CLOSED for general submissions. We will open on May 1 for our Issue 24. Stay tuned for info about our next theme! 

Our reading period for general submissions opens from May 1 through October 15.

We are currently CLOSED for contest submissions. The submission period for 2019-2020 contests is from October 1 to March 1.

Contest Guidelines:

All contests have a fee of $20 per entry. Please don't include your name on any entries; we read contest entries blind. First places winners receive $1000 and publication in Hunger Mountain online. Runners-up receive $100 and publication. Current students at Vermont College of Fine Arts are not eligible. All other writers are eligible. We only accept postal mail in exceptional circumstances; please query Editor Erin Stalcup at if you have a situation that requires you to mail your submission. 

  • Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize. This is a prize for fiction, up to 10,000 words. We welcome all types of fiction by all writers. The winner receives $1000 and online publication.
  • Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing. Enter Young Adult, Middle Grade, or Picture Book (or Writing for Young Children) manuscripts, up to 10,000 words. Entries can be complete stories or nonfiction writing, or excerpts from novels or longer manuscripts. We'll announce one overall winner, as well as winners in each of the categories (YA, MG, PB). The overall winner receives $1000. The category winners receive $100 each.
  • Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize. This is a prize for creative nonfiction, up to 10,000 words. We welcome all essays, memoirs, and other creative nonfiction, by all writers.  The winner receives $1000 and online publication.
  • Ruth Stone Poetry Prize. Please enter up to three poems per entry. There is no word count for poetry. Please put all three poems in one document--you'll only be able to upload one document per entry. The winner receives $1000 and online publication. 
  • International Young Writers Prize. Our brand new prize for high school aged writers from any U.S. states and any country in the world. Enter fiction (up to 5,000 words), nonfiction (up to 5,000 words), poetry (3 poems per entry), or writing for children (up to 5,000 words) manuscripts. We'll announce one overall winner, as well as finalists in each category. The overall winner receives $100 and online publication. 

General Submission Guidelines:

When submitting, there is a $3 maintenance fee for using Submittable, roughly the same cost as envelopes, printer ink, and postage for mailing a prose piece or three  poems and an SASE. This submission fee is necessary for us to pay operating expenses. We're grateful to our submitters for being part of the community that keeps Hunger Mountain in print. If our submission fee is economically impossible for you, please query Editor Erin Stalcup at for a submission alternative.

We do happily waive the fee for subscribers. If you’ve subscribed, purchased a copy of Hunger Mountain in the past year, or have contributed to Hunger Mountain previously, please submit free of charge by choosing the "Subscribers and Contributors" category.

We recommend that you read back issues of Hunger Mountain before submitting. Browse our online work, subscribe, or order back issues of the print journal.

Please scroll down and choose the genre category for your submission. 

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, and 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. 

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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.

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If you're a subscriber or a recent contributor to Hunger Mountain, we invite you to submit your poems, stories, essays, and children's lit here, and we will waive the $3 maintenance fee!

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