Hunger Mountain is an annual print journal of the arts, housed at Vermont College of Fine Arts. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, young adult and children’s writing, and literary miscellany. Our print issue comes out annually in the spring.
Our mission is to cultivate engagement with and conversation about the arts by publishing high-quality, innovative literary and visual art by both established and emerging artists, and by offering opportunities for interactivity and discourse.
We recommend that you read back issues of Hunger Mountain before submitting. Browse our online archives, subscribe, or order back issues of the print journal to get a sense of who we are.
GENERAL SUBMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY OPEN FROM MAY 1, 2018-OCTOBER 15, 2018.
OUR FOUR ANNUAL CONTESTS ARE CLOSED. EXPLORE CONTEST GUIDELINES HERE.
Submission Guidelines – Detailed
Fiction: Please submit a double-spaced manuscript of up to 8,000 words.
Creative Nonfiction: Please submit a double-spaced manuscript of up to 8,000 words.
Poetry: Please submit no more than five poems (all in one file).
YA and Children’s Lit: Please submit a text only manuscript of up to 8,000 words.
Any writer – residing in any country or U.S. state – is eligible to submit work; however, staff of Hunger Mountain and VCFA, as well as currently enrolled students at VCFA, are ineligible.
If your piece is chosen to be published in an issue of Hunger Mountain, you will receive our standard compensation amount of $50 for prose and $25 for poetry (we wish it could be more!), as well as a complimentary contributor print copy of the issue.
We ask for first serial rights—after that, the rights will revert to you. If your work is reprinted, we ask that you reference our prior publication. Please consider that Hunger Mountain’s first publication rights may include print and online publication.
How to Submit
We accept general submissions through Submittable only. We wish we could accept surface mail submissions as well, but our staff are scattered far and wide over the globe, and there just isn’t anyone in the office to read hard copy submissions. If you send us submissions through the mail, we will return them to you unread. There is a $3 maintenance fee for using Submittable, roughly the same cost as envelopes, printer ink, and postage for mailing a prose piece or three poems and an SASE. Submittable is not a free service for us, and we have to charge a fee in order to use it. However, we do happily waive the fee for subscribers. If you have subscribed or purchased a copy of Hunger Mountain in the past year, please submit free of charge.
We recommend that you read back issues of Hunger Mountain before submitting. Browse our online archives, subscribe, or order back issues of the print journal.