Hunger Mountain is CLOSED for general submissions. Our reading period for general submissions for 2017 was May 1 through October 15.

We are currently OPEN for contest submissions. The submission period for 2018 contests is from October 1 to March 15.

General Contest Guidelines:

All 2018 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 and staff at Vermont College of Fine Arts are not eligible. All other writers are eligible. 
  • 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.
  • 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 winners, 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.
  • 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. 

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. (Please note: we no longer accept submissions through postal mail.) Submittable is not a free service for us, so we charge a fee in order to cover our costs. However, we do happily waive the fee for subscribers. If you’ve subscribed or purchased a copy of Hunger Mountain in the past year, 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. 




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Deadline: March 15

Please enter your original, unpublished piece under 10,000 words. Your entry may be a short story or a book/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. Previously published submissions are not eligible for the contest. Please send original, unpublished work.

For more guidelines visit http://hungermtn.org/contests/katherine-paterson-prize/

$20.00

Deadline: March 15. 

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.

For more guidelines visit http://hungermtn.org/contests/howard-frank-mosher-short-fiction-prize/.

$20.00

Deadline: March 15

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. 

For more guidelines visit http://hungermtn.org/contests/creative-nonfiction-prize/.


Ends on March 15, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Deadline: March 15. 

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.

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 Please send original, unpublished work.

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

For more guidelines visit http://hungermtn.org/contests/ruth-stone-poetry-prize/

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