What is the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize?
An annual poetry contest. A chance for your poems to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges.
What will the winner receive?
One first place winner receives $1,000 and publication on Hunger Mountain. All work published online is also considered for the annual print issue. Two runners-up receive $100 and publication on Hunger Mountain online.
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.
The 2016 judge is Lee Upton.
Lee Upton’s sixth collection of poetry, BOTTLE THE BOTTLES THE BOTTLES THE BOTTLES, recipient of the Open Book Award, appeared in May 2015 from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, Poetry, Best American Poetry, and in numerous other journals and anthologies. Her collection of short stories, The Tao of Humiliation, received the BOA Short Fiction Award and was selected by Kirkus Reviews for their listing of “The Best Books of 2014.” She is the author of the novella The Guide to the Flying Island; the essay collection Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition Boredom Purity & Secrecy; and four books of literary criticism. She is the Francis A. March Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Lafayette College.
When is the deadline?
The deadline is March 1, for both electronic and snail mail entries, with the submission period open from October 1 to March 1. (THIS IS A NEW DEADLINE. We are sorry for any confusion! You may have read about this contest in a magazine or blog that posted an old deadline; please note that the deadlines listed here on the Hunger Mountain website are the correct deadlines, thank you.)
Where are winning entries from previous years?
Our Prizewinner Issue is up at Hunger Mountain right now.
Does Hunger Mountain accept electronic entries?
Yes! We use Submittable. Please enter up to three original unpublished poems. Your name and address should not appear on the poems; we read contest entries blind. Click the link below to access our submission manager. There is a $20.00 entry fee.
Does Hunger Mountain still accept entries via snail mail?
Yes! Entries must be postmarked by March 1st and accompanied by your $20.00 entry fee – send a check or money order made out to Vermont College of Fine Arts. Please send up to three unpublished poems. Your name and address should not appear on the poems; we read contest entries blind. Instead of writing your name on the manuscript, enclose an index card with the poem titles, your name, address, phone number, and email address. If you like, you may also enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for a list of winners. Entries must be typed and on one side of the paper only. Use a paper clip or send unbound (no staples or binding, please).
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 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize?
Yes, they will.
Are simultaneous submissions okay?
Yes, but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. And, unfortunately, we cannot refund entry fees if the work is accepted elsewhere.
May I submit more than one poem for the contest?
Yes, please send up to three poems in one entry. If you’d like to enter more than three poems, you’ll need to submit them in a separate entry with 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 poems eligible?
No. We will accept original, unpublished poems for the contest.
What if I have a question that’s not answered here?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for entering our contest, and good luck!