What is the Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize?
An annual contest for the best writing in the boundless field of creative nonfiction. A chance for your creative nonfiction to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges.
What will the winner receive?
One first place winner receives $1,000 and online publication. One runner-up receives $100 and online publication.
Who can enter the contest?
Any writer – residing in any country or U.S. state – is eligible to enter; Hunger Mountain and VCFA staff and currently enrolled students are ineligible.
Who is this year’s judge?
The 2018 judge for the Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize is Pam Houston. Read her full bio here.
When is the deadline?
The deadline for 2018 is March 15, for both electronic and snail mail entries!
Where are last year’s winning entries?
2017’s winning piece, “Animals Saved Me” by Richard Gilbert, can be read on our website here.
Does Hunger Mountain accept electronic entries?
Yes! We use Submittable. Please enter an original unpublished piece of creative nonfiction, no more than 10,000 words. Your name and address should NOT appear on the essay itself; we read contest entries blind. There is a $20.00 entry fee, payable online.
Does Hunger Mountain still accept entries via snail mail?
Yes! Hunger Mountain accepts postal entries for contests. Entries must be postmarked by March 15th and accompanied by your $20.00 entry fee – send a check or money order made out to Vermont College of Fine Arts. Please enter an original unpublished piece of creative nonfiction, no more than 10,000 words. Your name and address should NOT appear on the essay itself; we read contest entries blind. Instead of writing your name on the manuscript, enclose an index card with the essay title, your name, address, phone number, and email address. Entries must be typed, double-spaced, and on one side of the paper only.
Send entry and $20.00 entry fee to:
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Will entries be considered for general publication as well as for the CNF prize?
Yes, they will.
Are simultaneous submissions okay?
Yes, but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. Unfortunately, we cannot refund entry fees if the work is accepted elsewhere. Previously published submissions are not eligible for the contest. Please send original, unpublished work.
May I submit more than one essay for the contest?
Yes, multiple entries are allowed. But each entry should be submitted separately, and include its own entry fee. (You may send more than one entry and entry fee in the same envelope if you’re using snail mail.)
Are previously published essays eligible?
No. We accept original, unpublished work for the contest.
What if I have a question that’s not answered here?
Email us at email@example.com.
Thanks for entering our contest, and good luck!