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Contests


Hunger Mountain holds four annual contests, below.

New for the 2015-2016 award year: our contest deadlines have changed! All contests now have the same deadline of MARCH 1 of each year, with the submission period open from October 1 to March 1.

 

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The Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize – deadline March 1

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ADP140105_WR5602The Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize – deadline March 1

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_ADP6996The Ruth Stone Poetry Prize – deadline March 1

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ADP140105_WR5603The Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing – deadline March 1

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WINNERS


Jude Welchel

Jude Welchel

2016 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Judge: Janet Burroway

First Place: Jude Whelchel for “A Good Medicine”

Runners-up:

  • Jennifer Hasty for “The Slide”
  • No’a bat Miri for “Pieces”

Our special mentions are:

  • Nell Pierce for “No Small Miracle”
  • Mark Rader for “Phosphorescence”

The 2016 finalists:

  • Dianne Bechtel for “It’s a Boy”
  • Charlene Logan Burnett for “Thirst”
  • David Denny for “Shooter”
  • Andrew Italia for “Reasonable Doubt”
  • Eric Newman for “A Memo to My Memory”
  • Ambika Thompson for “The Gnomon and the Tiger”

The winning pieces will be published in an upcoming Prizewinner Issue at Hunger Mountain. Learn more about our Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize here.


2016 Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing

Judge: Rita Williams-Garcia

Amy Emm

Amy Emm

First Place: Amy Emm, for her YA fiction, “Oprah, Maslow, and Me.”

Category Winners:

  • Picture Book: “A Proud Family of Sneezers” by Sandra Nickel
  • Middle Grade: “The Gifts of Ratoncito Pérez” by Joe Baillargeon
  • Young Adult: “The Angel Age” by Val Howlett

Special Mentions:

  • “The Remembering Game” (Picture Book) by Gargi Talukder
  • “One Finch, My Finch, Goodnight” (Picture Book) by Louise Henriksen
  • “We Were Glad When The Night Came” (Middle Grade) by Debra Rook
  • “The Midnight Owl of Gumbucket Hill” (Middle Grade) by Noah Weisz
  • “Civil Disobedience” (YA) by Lucas Schaefer

And the rest of the 2016 Finalists:

  • Carol Grannick for “Jakey’s Jazzy Rhythm” (Picture Book)
  • Ann Schoenbohm for “The Real Fifi LaRue” (Picture Book)
  • Mary Cronin for “Tomfoolery” (Middle Grade)
  • Cynthia Surrisi for “The Copper Criminal’s Daughter” (Middle Grade)
  • Laurie Morrison for “Rebound” (YA)

The winning pieces will be published in the upcoming Prizewinner issue at Hunger Mountain soon. Congratulations to the winners, special mentions, and finalists! Learn more about our Katherine Paterson Prize here.


 

Sawnie Morris

Sawnie Morris

2016 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Judge: Lee Upton

Sawnie Morris for “Little World / After a Series of Rejections”

Runners-up:

  • Kate Kingston for “Carol Amber”
  • Donald Levering for “Terrorists”

Our special mentions are:

  • Jeffrey Beck for “Wild Mustard”
  • Mary Donnelly for “The Ice Cube Factory”
  • Kate Gray for “We Hear You”
  • Amy Sailer for “homage to my glass eye”
  • Angela Williams for “Authenticity”

The 2016 finalists:

  • Cornelia Blair for “Bog People”
  • John Blair for “Kunstkamera”
  • Jennifer Dorner for “Negatives”
  • Alex Greenberg for “Eviction Notice”
  • Courtney Hartnett for “Damages”
  • Matt Hohner for “God of Storms”
  • Rebecca Levi for “No One Comes To This Valley To Stay”
  • Lauren Mallett for “En la ciudad de las ranas”
  • Kimberly O’Connor for “Early Pleistocene Horses”
  • Cody Pherigo for “Smudge The Alphabet”
  • Alycia Pirmohamed for “Painting Women”

The winning poems will be published in the upcoming Prizewinner issue at Hunger Mountain soon. Congratulations to the winner, runners-up, special mentions, and finalists! Learn more about our Ruth Stone Poetry Prize here. 


2016 Creative Nonfiction Prize

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Katherine Schaefer

Judge: Robert Michael Pyle

First Place: Katherine Schaefer for “Edna, With Her Mouth.” 

Runners-up:

  • Jocelyn Edelstein for “Adventure Counselor”
  • Chris Rice for “All The Pieces Came Together”

Our special mentions are:

  • Ronit Feinglass Plank for “I’m Sorry About the Dog”
  • April Darcy for “The Dividing Line”
  • Beth Richards for “Reckoning”

And the rest of this year’s finalists:

  • Jennifer McGuiggan for “True Names”
  • Anne Beatty for “Distance and Danger: Sketches of Nepal”
  • Jeanine Pfeiffer for “My Roadkill Habit”
  • Kaitlin Barker Davis for “What’s In A Name”

The winning pieces will be published in the upcoming Prizewinner issue at Hunger Mountain soon. Congratulations to the winner, runners-up, and finalists! Learn more about our Creative Nonfiction prize here. 


 

2015 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Judge: Daniel Torday

Hope Chernov, Winner

Hope Chernov, Winner

First Place: Hope Chernov, for her story, “Things I Think About While Swimming

Runner-up:

The 2015 finalists:

  • Morgan Smith for “Between Living and Dreaming”
  • Sara C. Thomason for “Boots to Asses”
  • Todd Fulmer for “Liquefaction”
  • Kathleen Spivack for “Moths”
  • Alan Sincic for “Random Sample
  • April Kelly for “The 4-D Dog
  • B. Boyer-White for “Theories
  • Charles Culpepper for “Through a Sea of Blue Bonnets”
  • Tina Egnoski for “Do You Believe?”

The winning pieces will be published in an upcoming Prizewinner Issue at Hunger Mountain. Learn more about our Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize here.


 

2015 Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing

Judge: Ammi-Joan Paquette

First Place: Rachel Furey, for her young adult fiction, “Tilt-a-Whirl

Rachel Furey

Rachel Furey

Category Winners:

Special Mentions:

And the rest of the 2015 Finalists:

  • Picture Book: Natalie Rompella “The World Never Sleeps”
  • Picture Book: Sylvia Smith “Wishbone the Mechanic”
  • Picture Book: Shari Swanson “Abe’s Honey”
  • Middle Grade: Ann Schoenbohm “The Sketchbook”
  • Middle Grade: Caitlin Gutheil “Geodes”
  • Young Adult: Amy Emm “How to Knit Your Own Boyfriend and Other Easy Projects”
  • Young Adult: Laura McCaffrey “265 Days of Furie”
  • Young Adult: Holly Thompson “The Ridge Path”

The winning pieces will be published in the upcoming Prizewinner issue at Hunger Mountain soon. Congratulations to the winners, special mentions, and finalists! Learn more about our Katherine Paterson Prize here.


2015 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Julie Cadwallader Staub

Julie Cadwallader Staub

Judge: Kathleen Graber

First Place: Julie Cadwallader Staub for “Milk

Runners-Up:

Special Mentions:

  • Samantha Deal “When I Think About My Brother”
  • Georganna Millman “Barn Owl”

Finalists:

  • Elizabeth Aoki “Crow in the Hospital Parking Lot”
  • Melissa Downes “Black Seam”
  • Gibson Fay-Leblanc “The Nature of Language”
  • Kim Garcia “Rumpelstiltskin” and “Prayer on the Feast of the Assumption”
  • Ann Huang “Night Lullaby”
  • Bethany Schultz Hurst “Seascape with Evacuating Animals”
  • Matthew Kilbane “Consolation Prize”
  • Jennie Malboeuf “Double Star—”
  • Emily Pulfer-Terino “Elegy For My Mother’s Dress”
  • Julie Cadwallader Staub “Comfort”
  • S.E. Wheatley “The Oldest Door”

The winning pieces will be published in the upcoming Prizewinner issue at Hunger Mountain soon. Congratulations to the winner, runners-up, special mentions, and finalists! Learn more about our Ruth Stone Poetry Prize here. 


2014 Creative Nonfiction Prize

Judge: Rigoberto González

First Place: Laura Distelheim “Nocturne in the Key of We”

Laura Distelheim

Laura Distelheim

Runners-Up:

  • Kenneth Garcia “The Hollow Places of the World”
  • River Holmes-Miller “The Bang Gang”

Finalists:

  • Julie Marie Wade “The Suit”
  • Gary McDowell “Rhythm is Originally the Rhythm of the Feet”
  • Michelle Webster-Hein “These Things Should Not Happen”
  • John Philip Drury “Interrogator’s Guide”
  • Laura Distelheim “On Why I Wish We Could All Wear Our Dreams On The Outside, Tattooed To Our Skin”
  • Grant E. Ericksen “Behind the Glass”

 

The winning pieces will be published in the upcoming Prizewinner issue at Hunger Mountain soon. Congratulations to the winner, runners-up, and finalists! Learn more about our Creative Nonfiction prize here. 


2014 Katherine Paterson Prize in Young Adult and Children’s Writing

Robin Heald

Robin Heald

Judge: Katherine Applegate

First Place: Robin Heald for her picture book manuscript “Isadora’s Sandálias”

Category Winners:

Special Mentions:

  • Middle Grade: Christina Elaine Collins “Tallies”
  • Young Adult: Rachel Furey “Controlling the Weather”

Finalists:

  • Picture Book: Amy Guglielmo “Maya’s World”
  • Picture Book: Patti Richards “Dancing Grannies”
  • Picture Book: Niki Masse Schoenfeldt “The Little Elephant Keeper”
  • Middle Grade: Carol Grannick “Reeni’s Turn”
  • Middle Grade: Jennifer Wolf Kam “All Souls Realty”
  • Middle Grade: Stacy Davidowitz and Elissa Brent Weissman “Here Goes Everything”
  • Young Adult: Kelly Dyksterhouse “Match Point”
  • Young Adult: Danielle Pignataro “The Signs”
  • Young Adult: Sarah Tregay “Love at First Book”

The winning pieces will be published in the upcoming Prizewinner issue at Hunger Mountain soon. Congratulations to the winners, special mentions, and finalists! Learn more about our Katherine Paterson Prize here.


2014 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

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Lee Ann Dalton

Judge: Robin Black

First Place: Lee Ann Dalton “The Hierophant”

Runners-Up:

Finalists:

  • Noelle Catherine Allen “I-95 Blues”
  • Rolf Yngve “Three Wishes”
  • Lones Seiber “Polaris”
  • Carol Collins “The Third Man”
  • Kate Hanson “Soleil”
  • Amanda Emil Anderson “365”

The winning pieces will be published in the upcoming Prizewinner issue at Hunger Mountain soon. Congratulations to the winners, runners-up, and finalists! Learn more about our Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize here. 


2014 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Dante Di Stefano

Dante Di Stefano

Judge: Michael Dickman

First place: Dante Di Stefano “Epithalamion Doused with Moonshine”

Runners-Up:

Finalists:

The winning pieces will be published in the upcoming Prizewinner issue at Hunger Mountain soon. Congratulations to the winner, runners-up, and finalists! Learn more about our Ruth Stone Poetry Prize here.