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Winners: 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:

  • Picture Book: Elaine Alexander “Angler Fish: Black Devil of the Deep”
  • Middle Grade: Mathangi Subramanian “Banu the Builder”
  • Young Adult: Sharry Wright “The Lies and Illusions of Lucy Sparrow”

Special Mentions:

  • Picture Book: Helen Kampion “Paddy Cats”
  • Middle Grade: Callie Miller “Attack of the Giant Meatball”
  • Young Adult: Catherine Miller “In the Middle of the Night”

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.

Read the full press release here.


Winners: 2015 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Julie Cadwallader Staub

Julie Cadwallader Staub

Judge: Kathleen Graber

First Place: Julie Cadwallader Staub for “Milk”

Runners-Up:

  • Lisa Breger “Time under a Bridge”
  • Kari Smith “Pink”

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. 


Winners: 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. 


Kathleen Graber Will Judge 2015 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Kathleen Graber is the author of The Eternal City (2010), a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award, the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and the 2011 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; it won the 2011 Literary Award for Poetry from the Library of Virginia. Her debut collection, Correspondence, received the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize in 2005, and also earned her a Writer’s Award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation. She has received grants from the NEA and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and was the winner of a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. She teaches in and currently directs the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is faculty in the VCFA Postgraduate Writers’ Conference for 2015.


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

Robin Heald

Robin Heald

Judge: Katherine Applegate

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

Category winners:

  • Picture Book or Writing for Younger Children: Ruvanee Vilhauer for “Paper Lantern”
  • Middle Grade: Cori McCarthy for “Name Me America”
  • Young Adult: Beth Miles for “The Harm in Knowing”

Special Mentions:

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

This year’s finalists:

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

2014 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize Winners

Dalton_LeeAnn

Lee Ann Dalton, winner

The winners of this year’s Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize, selected by Robin Black:

Our finalists are:

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

The winning pieces will be published at Hunger Mountain soon. Congratulations to the winners, runners-up, and finalists. These are some wild, weird, wondrous, thunderous, tender, terrifying, electrifying stories.


Rigoberto González Will Judge 2014 Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize

Photo Credit Marion Ettlinger

Photo Credit Marion Ettlinger

Rigoberto González is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose in several genres, including three works of nonfiction. The memoir, Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. A second memoir, Autobiography of My Hungers, and a book of essays, Red-Inked Retablos, were both released in 2013. He edited the anthology, Camino Del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing, which won recognition in 2011 through the International Latino Book Awards and Independent Publishers Book Awards. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, The Poetry Center Book Award, The Shelley Memorial Award of The Poetry Society of America, ForeWord Magazine’s Fiction Book of the Year Award (for his novel, Crossing Vines), and a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and has twice been named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, for books of poetry and children’s literature. He is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is associate professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey. He served for several years on the Core Faculty of the MFA in Writing Program at VCFA, mentoring students across all three genres. www.rigobertogonzalez.com


First Hunger Mountain Fellow Appointed

Renee Lauzon

Renee Lauzon

The first ever Hunger Mountain fellow has been named. The 2014-15 fellow is Renee Lauzon, a current student in the MFA in Writing program at VCFA, and an alum of VCFA’s MFA in Visual Art program.

This working fellowship is awarded annually to one writing student in the MFA in Writing , MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults, or MFA in Writing & Publishing degree programs at Vermont College of Fine Arts. The Hunger Mountain Fellowship offers students a chance to gain valuable professional skills as an integral part of the Hunger Mountain editorial team, taking part in all aspects of the editorial, production, promotional, and fundraising processes. The Hunger Mountain Fellowship awards a $15,000 annual stipend for 20 hours of work per week in the HM office and is open to a writing student in any semester/year of study.


2014 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize Winners

 

Dante Di Stefano

Dante Di Stefano

Congratulations Dante Di Stefano, winner of the 2014 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize. His poem “Epithalamion Doused with Moonshine” was chosen by judge Michael Dickman from over 900 poems. This isn’t Dante’s first year entering the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize. His “Chagall’s Bride on the Leroy Street Bus” was a finalist in the 2013 prize. Runners- up were Eric Berlin for “Things Like These” and  francine j. harris for “where you could sit up straight.” Finalists are Emily Casey, Anna Coe, Lina Feuerstein, Laura Davies Foley, Thomas March, Hannah Oberman-Breindel, Tess Taylor, and Katrin Tschirgi. Winning poems will be published online at Hunger Mountain.