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Hunger Mountain is both a print and online journal of the arts. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, young adult and children’s writing, and literary miscellany. Our print issue comes out annually in the spring, and our online content changes on a regular basis.


For information about our current editors, check out our masthead.


Our mission is to cultivate engagement with and conversation about the arts by publishing high-quality, innovative literary and visual art by both established and emerging artists, and by offering opportunities for interactivity and discourse.


College Hall in the mistThe Hunger Mountain editorial offices are located at the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) in historic Montpelier, Vermont. VCFA is devoted entirely to graduate fine arts education, with MFA programs in Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Film, Visual Art, Graphic Design, Music Composition, and Writing & Publishing.


Past contributors to Hunger Mountain include Pinckney Benedict, Ron Carlson, Hayden Carruth, Kwame Dawes, Matthew Dickman, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Terrance Hayes, Alice Hoffman, Pam Houston, Maxine Kumin, Dorianne Laux, Bret Lott, Michael Martone, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tomaž Šalamun, Charles Simic, James Tate, Jean Valentine, and too many splendid writers to name here. We love to publish never-before-published authors as well, and often find pieces we love in our unsolicited submissions.


Hunger Mountain hosts four annual writing contests, which are open to all writers: the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize, the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, and the Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize.  We also offer a paid Hunger Mountain Fellowship.


Hunger Mountain was started in 2002 by founding editor Caroline Mercurio through a generous donation from a Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing alumnus. The journal has thrived since then with the assistance of MFA in writing faculty and ongoing support from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, VCFA alums, subscribers and friends of Hunger Mountain.


We are a member of The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and you can find us on .