Hunger Mountain is currently OPEN for contest submissions. We are CLOSED for general submissions. Our reading period for general submissions for 2017 is May 1 through September 15.

Read the regular guidelines below or keep scrolling for our contests. All contests have a deadline of March 1, with the contest submission period open from October 1 to March 1, and a fee of $20 per entry.

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This year's judge Cynthis Leitich Smith. 

Please enter your original, unpublished piece under 10,000 words. Your entry may be a short story or a novel excerpt, but if it's a novel excerpt it should really stand alone. 

Feel free to include a brief synopsis if your entry is a novel excerpt. Your name and address should not appear on the story; we read contest entries blind.

Please let us know if this piece is intended for Young Adult, Middle Grade, or younger audiences. Be sure to include the cover letter separately in the comments section, and not with the manuscript itself, since we read entries blind.

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Please enter one original, unpublished story under 10,000 words. Your name and address should not appear on the story itself; we read contest entries blind. 

Feel free to include a brief cover letter or bio in the comments section, but not as part of the manuscript itself.

This year's judge is Matt Bell.

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Please enter an original unpublished piece of creative nonfiction, no more than 10,000 words. We welcome an array of traditional and experimental work, including, but not limited to, personal, lyrical, and meditative essays, memoirs, collages, rants, and humor. 

Previously published submissions are not eligible for the contest. Please send original, unpublished work.

Your name and address should not appear on the essay itself; we read contest entries blind. 

Our judge this year is Joni Tevis. 

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*Please Note: Although Poets & Writers have this listed with a September 10 deadline (the original deadline), we have extended the deadline for this contest to March 1. Winners will be announced in the late spring of 2016. Thank you.

Ends on March 1, 2017$20.00

We are currently accepting poetry to be considered for the annual Ruth Stone Poetry Prize. We will accept any style, form, or theme of poetry.

This year's judge is Major Jackson. 

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Please submit up to 3 poems in one entry (all three poems in one Word document).