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Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

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 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 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize is Sherwin Bitsui. Read his full bio here.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for 2018 is March 15, for both electronic and snail mail entries.

Where are winning entries from previous years?

The 2017 winner, Ezra Baeli-Wang’s “Being of Islands,” can be read here.

Does Hunger Mountain accept electronic entries?

Yes! We use Submittable. Please enter up to three original, unpublished poems in one entry. You can only upload one document per entry, so all three poems should be in one document. 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–which covers up to three poems.

Click here to enter the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize.

Does Hunger Mountain still accept entries via snail mail?

Yes! 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  Please send up to three unpublished poems.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. Entries must be typed and on one side of the paper only.

Send entry and $20.00 entry fee to:

Hunger Mountain
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

Thanks for entering our contest, and good luck!