2021 Contest Winners Are Here

May Day Mountain Chapbook Prize

Winner: Zach Semel, “Let the tides take my body” available for purchase here.


Mark Keats, “Notes for the Afterlife”

Elizabeth McCarthy, “Digging Potatoes”

Marisa Tirado, “Selena Didn’t Know Spanish Either”

Lynn Mundell, “Let Our Bodies Be Returned to Us”

Kristen Ritter, “Names”

Samantha Kolber, “Classified”

Linda Lamenza, “Left-Handed Poetry”

All other contest winners will be published online next week!

Howard Frank Mosher Prize for Short Fiction, judged by Trinie Dalton:

Winner: “My Wish for You in the Land of the Dead: A Cuban Sandwich” by Leslie Blanco

Runner-up: “The Oedipal Myth: a Retelling” by Jeffrey Rapaport

Honorable Mention: “Today You Fly with Me” by Marina Clementi


“The Gift” by Celine Aenlle-Rocha

“Nor’easter” by J. Stillwell Powers

“Middle School” by Melinda Goodman

“We’ll Make a Life” by Michaela Anchan

Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, judged by Tomás Q. Morín:

Winner: “In the Shower, When Your Marriage is Finally Over” by Erin Rose Coffin

Runner-up: “Grief Sestina” by Sunni Brown Wilkinson

Honorable Mention: “Quantum Entanglement” Leslie Williams


“Escort Officer Duty” by Laura Joyce-Hubbard   

“High Priestess of the Moon God of the City of Ur” by Lauren Davis

“Popular Metaphor” by Madeleine Cravens

“Happy Creatures Triptych” by Aza Pace

“Nine Sunday Morning Graves” by Cameron Cocking

“This New Manhattan” by Karol Nielsen 

“Only God Knows or Google Knows Why the King’s River’s Running Backwards” by Brody Parrish Craig

“The Definition of Mirari as Black Bear” by M Silverman

“Made by Nature” by Nathan Spoon

Katherine Paterson Prize for Writing for Young Adults & Children, judged by Ann Dávila Cardinal:

Overall Winner: “Indrajaal” by Mitu Malhotra

First Place Picture Book: “An Atom in Space. A Cantaloupe.”by Jen Breach 

First Place Middle Grade: “What Olivia Knew” by Emily Young

First Place Young Adult: “My Father’s Messiah” by Evelyn Krieger


“Twilight” by Kimberly Alcock

“Willow and the Storm” by Frances Canon

“The Gap in the Data” by Anne-Marie Strohman

“Remain” by Ellery Lamm

“The Practical Magic of Josephine Jackson” by Christy Lenzi

“Atlantic Spectrum” by Kathy Distefano

Hunger Mountain’s Creative Nonfiction Prize, judged by Terese Marie Mailhot:

Winner: “What You Wanted from Me I Imagined” by Nikita Ladd


“Babalao” by Zita Arocha

“Unclean” by Mant Bares

“Cat on a Cold Wood Floor” by Andrea Bianchi

“The Air Will Cut Through Each Swaggering Heart” by Caitlin Palmer

“Casting Off: A Triptych” by Sofia Sears

“Meadow, Cabin, Sea” by Sarah Pape

“Five Dubious Goodbyes” by Judith Sara Gelt

“My Great Hunger” by Stephanie Green

“Everything Was Wild, No One Was a Stranger” by Mary Birnbaum

The International Young Writers’ Prize for Writing by High-School Aged Students:

Winner: “Someday I Will Love Ottavia Paluch” by Ottavia Paluch

Runner-Up: “My Neighbor Justin” by Yejin Suh

Honorable Mention: “Hunger” by Sarah Fathima Mohammed

Print Issue #25 available! Order now & get a Hunger Mountain anthology as a digital download.

Issue #25—Art Saves—is available!

Buy now to ship 3/12 and get an anthology of the first 25 issues as a digital download, featuring interviews with, & stories, essays, poems, artwork, & hybrid work by Grace Paley, Michael Martone, Eloisa Amezcua, Angela Paladino, tanner menard, Will Alexander, Robin Hemley, Goldie Goldbloom, Robin Black, Paul Tran, Patricia Smith , Carl Phillips, Jihyun Yun, Rita Dove, Destiny O. Birdsong, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Tim Horvath, Kwame Dawes, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Nathan McClain, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Lizzy Fox, Rita Banerjee, & more!

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2020 Contest Winners Are Here

We are thrilled to announce the results of our 2020 contests! The winners have all been published on our Prize Winners page. Thank you to everyone who entered, and everyone who read the many stunning entries we received.

2020 Contest Winners

2020 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

First Place Winner:


2020 Creative Nonfiction Prize

First Place:


2020 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

First Place Winner:


2020 Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing

Overall First Place: 

Category Winners: 


2020 International Young Writers Prize for High School-Aged Writers: A Special Portfolio

Overall First Place: 

The 2020 Honorable Mentions, Poetry:

The 2020 Honorable Mentions, Fiction:

The 2020 Honorable Mentions, Creative Nonfiction:

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Inaugural May Day Mountain Chapbook Series Winner


Hunger Mountain & May Day Studio are proud to announce Julie Marie Wade as the winner of the inaugural May Day Mountain Chapbook Series.

Julie will receive $100 in prize money plus fifty 5×7, handmade letterpress copies designed and illustrated by May Day Studio of Montpelier, Vermont.

Please check back this coming fall for another opportunity to submit to the second chapter of the series.


Julie Marie Wade teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami. She has published eleven collections of poetry and prose, most recently the book-length lyric essay, JUST AN ORDINARY WOMAN BREATHING (The Ohio State University Press, 2020) and THE UNRHYMABLES: COLLABORATIONS IN PROSE (Noctuary Press, 2019), co-authored with Denise Duhamel. A recipient of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir and grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Julie lives in the Sunshine State with her spouse Angie Griffin and their two cats.





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Announcing Our Guest Judges for the 2020 Hunger Mountain Writing Prizes

2020 Deadline is March 1! Enter the contests here.

The 2020 judges are:

  • Claire Vaye Watkins – Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize
  • Robin Black – Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize
  •  Vievee Francis – Ruth Stone Poetry Prize
  • Sara B. Larson – Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of BATTLEBORN, winner of the Story Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. BATTLEBORN was named a Best Book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, and Flavorwire, and a Best Short Story Collection by NPR.org. In 2012, the National Book Foundation named Claire one of the 5 Best Writers Under 35. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011Best of the Southwest 2013, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno and the Ohio State University, Claire has received fellowships from the Writers’ Conferences at Sewanee and Bread Loaf. An assistant professor at Bucknell University, Claire is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.


Robin Black’s story collection IF I LOVED YOU I WOULD TELL YOU THIS was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize, and named a Best Book of 2010 by numerous publications, including the Irish Times. Her novel LIFE DRAWING was longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Impac Dublin Literature Prize, and the Folio Prize. Her fiction has been translated into Italian, French, German, and Dutch. Her most recent book is CRASH COURSE: ESSAYS FROM WHERE WRITING AND LIFE COLLIDE. Robin’s work can be found in such publications as One Story, The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, Southern Review, The Rumpus, O. Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler UK, and numerous anthologies, including The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. I (Norton) and The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review. Robin teaches in the MFA Program at Rutger-Camden and is at work on her second novel. Her unofficial, far more informative bio is available on her website www.robinblack.net.


Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: BLUE-TAIL FLY (Wayne State University Press, 2006), HORSE IN THE DARK (winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection, Northwestern University Press, 2016) and FOREST PRIMEVAL (winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award). Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including PoetryBest American Poetry 201020142017, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She has been a participant in the Cave Canem Workshops, a Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and teaches poetry writing in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop (USA, UK, and Barbados). In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.


Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology (DARK BREAKS THE DAWN and BRIGHT BURNS THE NIGHT). She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.latest jordan Sneakers | 【海外近日発売予定】 サウスパーク × アディダス オリジナルス キャンパス 80S “タオリー” (GZ9177) – スニーカーウォーズ

Announcing our Guest Editors for Issue #24

Issue #24 is themed Patterns. Deadline is October 15th! Submit here.


Poetry: TC Tolbert identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, mover, and poet. And, s/he’s a human in love with humans doing human things. S/he is author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014), 4 chapbooks, and co-editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). TC was recently awarded an Academy of American Poets’ Laureate Fellowship for his work as Tucson’s Poet Laureate. 





Prose: Toni Jensen is the author of a short story collection, From the Hilltop, and a memoir-in-essays about gun violence, Carry, forthcoming from Ballantine. Her stories and essays have been published in journals such as Orion, Catapult, and Ecotone. She teaches in the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas and in the low residency MFA Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.





Young Adult & Children’s Literature: Celia C. Pérez is the author of Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers, published by Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. Her debut novel for young readers, The First Rule of Punk, was a 2018 Pura Belpré Award Honor Book, a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards honor book, and a winner of the 2018 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. Celia lives in Chicago with her family where, in addition to writing books about lovable weirdos and outsiders, she works as a librarian. She is originally from Miami, Florida, where strange birds really do wander the streets.Running sneakers | Ανδρικά Nike

2019 Contest Winners Are Here

We are thrilled to announce the results of our 2019 contests! With over 1,200 entries, we had a wonderful time reading and a hard time choosing our finalists. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winning pieces will be published in the forthcoming months, right here on Hunger Mountain Online. 

Thank you to our talented assistant editors and dedicated readers for whom this is a true labor of love.

2019 Contest Winners

2019 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Judge: Erika T. Wurth

First Place Winner:

  • Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley for “Beautiful Bembé” 


  •  Willy Lizárraga for “The Anglo-Saxon Conspiracy”

The 2019 finalists:

  • Evelyn Krieger for “When We Were BAD”
  •  Rose Chen for “Listening In”
  •  Jane Kalu for “Ghost Baby”
  •  Latifa Ayad for “A Mean Winter”
  •  Kathleen McNamara for “Thirteenth Step”
  •  Jenny Fleming for “Raised by Humans”
  •  John Shea for “The Cosmopolites”
  • Nancy Allen for “Split Sky Place”

2019 Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing

Judge: Monica Brown

Overall First Place: 

  •  Hannah Parker for “Autumnal Tithe” (Young Adult)

Category Winners: 

  • Adriana Martinez for “The Ratoncito: The Mexican Mouse Who Became a Fairy for a Night” (Picture Book)
  • Anna Craig for “When Everything Was Whiskey Creek” (Middle Grade)
  • Ellen Goff for “The Cave Sighs” (Young Adult)

The 2019 finalists: 

  • Frances Cannon for “Sick of Being Sick” (Picture Book)
  • J.D. Smith for “The Glamour Crab” (Picture Book)
  • Paulette Sharkey for “Shipshape Sheldon” (Picture Book)
  • Heidi Roemer for “Where Are the Pumpkins?” (Picture Book)
  • Kyla McDonald for “Hiccup” (Middle Grade)
  • Helen Kemp Zax for “The Ballad of Philip Hamilton: The Tragic Tale of Eliza and Alexander Hamilton’s Firstborn Son” (Middle Grade)
  • Bryce Emley for “Things to Do with the Moon” (Middle Grade)
  • Annemarie O’Brien and Jade Keller for “Butterfly Trap” (Young Adult)
  • Olga Zilberbourg for “No Horse Required” (Young Adult)

2019 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Judge: Natalie Diaz

First Place Winner:

  • Daniel Arias Gómez for “Cathedrals,” “Ode to Sprinklers,” and “Say Your Hands Scar”


  •  Hannah Erickson for “Dizzy // House”

The 2019 finalists:

  • Harriet Millan for “Green Fox Fur”
  • Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley for “Pass the Rock”
  • Kristin Laurel for “Lucas,” “Modus Operandi,” and “Totality”
  • Leonard Morrison for “3:37 AM”
  • M Soledad Caballero for “Memory Spaces”
  • Bridget O’Bernstein for “All Children”
  • Michael Weinstein for “Odyssey”
  • Alicia Mountain for “Rewinding the Lesbian Sex Scene on a Flight from Denver”
  • Diana Whitney for “Demeter in Winter,” “Gray Matters,” and “Velvet Rocks”
  • Y. Madrone for “Excerpt from a book-length poemoir: The Count Up, The Count Down
  • L. Brown-Lavoie for “Excerpts from Club Desire

2019 Creative Nonfiction Prize

Judge: Elissa Washuta

First Place:

  • Arielle Schussler forSunrise on Pluto” 


  • Katie Quach for “The Alligator”

Honorable Mention:

  • Joshua Levy for “Car Crash Near Tim Hortons”

The 2019 finalists:

  • Zoe Fowler for “Marking Time”
  • Talia Green for “A Fear of Flying”
  • Nick R. Robinson for “Livin’ with the Alvarezes”
  • Kate Levin for “Ghost of a Leaf”
  • Sarah Stuteville for “Windstorm”

2019 International Young Writers Prize for High School-Aged Writers

Judge: Assistant Editors of Hunger Mountain

Overall First Place: 

  • Kaylee Y Jeong for “Hyphe(nation)” (Creative Nonfiction)

The 2019 finalists:

  •  Aanika Eragam for “Diaries of a Fat Girl” (Poetry)
  •  Emily Tian for “Impressions on Hair” (Creative Nonfiction)
  •  Xandra Sky for “Invisible Constellations” (Fiction)
  •  Adam Zhou for “Food for Thought” (Writing for Young Adult and Children)

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Announcing Hunger Mountain’s Theme for Issue 24

Hunger Mountain 24: Patterns

We’re excited to announce that the theme for our 2020 print issue, Hunger Mountain #24, is “Patterns.”

Patterns can be worn or flown. Bees dance them. Humans walk them daily. Patterns can be mundane or systemic. Tibetan monks make mandalas, then blow them away. Ancient cultures left their trace in how they arranged stone. Drums, contrapuntal rhythm, jazz, orchestras, electronica. Knitters & tailors make them, societies break them. Climate is the pattern of the weather, personality is a pattern of behavior. Migration & immigration are both patterns. Diné weavers include deliberate imperfections in their weft & warp. Aran islands’ families’ sweater patterns are used to identify drowned fishermen. Chaos follows a pattern, just one our science isn’t precise enough to predict. Herringbone, honeycomb, paisley, polka dot, tartan, chevron, ikat, meander, grid, akwete, adire, damask, chintz, madras, gingham, houndstooth.

We’re hoping to read formal poetry & fractals, essays that help us see when our individual & collective patterns aren’t serving us well anymore, how to resist, how to envision new conventions, prose with both ornament & design, & all kinds of writing that cracks expectations. In this election year, what patterns will we set, & what will we disrupt?

Submissions open on May 1st. Check out full guidelines here:


Guest Editors TBA.

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Meet Our Contributors from “Silence & Power”

You can purchase Hunger Mountain’s Issue 23: Silence & Power (Spring 2019) for $12 or as part of a 2-year subscription.



Rosebud Ben-Oni: “Efes Wrestling with the Poet Who Won’t Look Away” and “Poet Wrestling with Neutrinos She {Allegedly} Cannot Feel”

Recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and CantoMundo, Rosebud Ben-Oni’s most recent collection, turn around, BRXGHT XYXS, was selected as Agape Editions’ EDITORS’ CHOICE (2019). She writes for The Kenyon Review blog. Her work appears in Poetry, APR, The Poetry Review (UK), Tin House, Guernica, among others; her poem, “Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark,” was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NYC and published by The Kenyon Review Online. Find her at 7TrainLove.org.


W. Todd Kaneko: “Horses’ Mouths,” “Looking Outside Airplane Windows,” and “All the Things that Make Heaven and Earth”

W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor, 2014) and This is How the Bone Sings (Black Lawrence Press, Forthcoming 2020), and co-author with Amorak Huey of Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). A Kundiman fellow, he is co-editor of the literary magazine Waxwing and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he teaches at Grand Valley State University.


Tina Carlson: “In the Embassy of Silence”

Tina Carlson is a poet and a psychiatric healthcare provider. Her poems have appeared in many journals and blogs. She was featured in the 2017 Nov/Dec Poets & Writers ‘5 over 50.’ Her book Ground, Wind, This Body (UNM Press) was published in March 2017. She recently completed a collaborative manuscript called We are Meant To Carry Water with Katherine DiBella Seluja and Stella Reed which will be published early by 3: A Taos Press.




Amelia Martens: “Morning Walk: September 11, 2018” 

Amelia Martens is the author of The Spoons in the Grass are There To Dig a Moat (Sarabande Books, 2016), and four poetry chapbooks, including Ursa Minor (elsewhere magazine, 2018). She is the recipient of a 2019 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council; her work has also been supported by the Kentucky Foundation for Women and a SAF fellowship to Rivendell Writer’s Colony. She is mom to two awesome daughters.




Theophilus Kwek: “Transformations”

Theophilus Kwek has published five volumes of poetry, including The First Five Storms, which won the New Poets Prize. He has also won the Interpreters’ House Poetry Prize and Berfrois Poetry Prize, and has been shortlisted twice for the Singapore Literature Prize. His poems, translations and essays have appeared in The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Irish Examiner, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Mekong Review, and elsewhere. He serves as co-editor of Oxford Poetry, and writes widely about issues of history, policy and migration.


John A. Nieves: “Long Dash” 

John A. Nieves has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: Beloit Poetry Journal, 32 Poems, Southern Review, Cincinnati Review, and Copper Nickel. He won the Indiana Review Poetry Contest and his first book, Curio, won the Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award Judge’s Prize. He is assistant professor of English at Salisbury University. He received his M.A. from University of South Florida and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.



Lizzy Fox: “Fashion—1860” and “On Power”

Lizzy Fox is a poet and educator with an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now works as Associate Director for the MFA in Writing & Publishing program. Her poetry appears in The Greensboro Review (spring 2019) and has received the Laura J. Spooner Prize and the Corrine Eastman Davis Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of Vermont. In addition to her own writing, she teaches poetry and recitation in partnership with schools and arts nonprofits across the northeast, as well as online. www.lizzyfoxpoetry.com.


Lupe Méndez: “The Arkema Plant—Crosby, TX”

Lupe Méndez is a Poet/Educator/Activist, CantoMundo, Macondo & Emerging Poet Incubator Fellow and co-founder of the Librotraficante Caravan. He is the founder of Tintero Projects and works with emerging Latinx writers and other writers of color within the Texas Gulf Coast Region, with Houston as its hub. His publishing credits include prose work, flash fiction and poetry. His first collection of poetry, Why I Am Like Tequila, has just been selected for publication by Willow Books, due out by March of 2019.


Eloisa Amezcua: “I Haven’t Masturbated in Five Days for Fear of Crying” and “I Haven’t Masturbated in Five Days for Fear of Crying”

Eloisa Amezcua is from Arizona. Her debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón. A MacDowell fellow, she is the author of three chapbooks and founder/editor-in-chief of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry. Her poems and translations are published in New York Times Magazine, Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and others. Eloisa lives in Columbus, OH and is the founder of Costura Creative.


Brad Rose: “No Tomorrow”

Brad Rose was born and raised in Los Angeles and lives in Boston. He is the author of a collection of poetry and flash fiction, Pink X-Ray (Big Table Publishing, 2015, http://pinkx-ray.comand Amazon.com.) His two new books of poems, Momentary Turbulence and WordinEdgeWise, are forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. Brad has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, and once nominated for Best of the Net Anthology. His website is www.bradrosepoetry.com. Selected readings can be heard at: https://soundcloud.com/bradrose1



Jihyun Yun: “Benediction as Disdained Cuisine”

Jihyun Yun is a Korean-American poet from California. A Fulbright Research Fellow, she received her MFA from New York University in 2016. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bat City Review, Adroit Journal, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Ann Arbor where she is working on her first collection, Some are Always Hungry.



Paul Tran: “The Real Housewife of Orange County”

Paul Tran received a Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship and the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. A Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in The Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis and Poetry Editor at The Offing Magazine, their work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere.


Jade Hurter: “Crystal Vision, with Chrysalis”

Jade Hurter is the author of the chapbook Slut Songs (Hyacinth Girl Press 2017), and her work has appeared in THRUSH, The Columbia Poetry Review, Glass, Passages North, New South, and elsewhere. She teaches English at the University of New Orleans.






Jake Skeets: “Drift(er)” and “Red Running into Water”

Jake Skeets is Black Streak Wood, born for Water’s Edge. He is Diné from the Navajo Nation and holds an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His work has appeared in Boston Review, Waxwing, and elsewhere. He is a winner of the 2018 ‘Discovery’/Boston Review Poetry Prize. His first collection, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, won the 2018 National Poetry Series and will be published by Milkweed in 2019.




Lauren Espinoza: “Rio Grande River Valley Triptych”

Lauren Espinoza’s poetry has appeared in New Border Voices: An Anthology, The Acentos Review, As/Us, Pilgrimage, Sinister Wisdom, and elsewhere. Her manuscript, Before the Body, earned Honorable Mention in the 2018 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and the 2017 Pellicer-Frost Binational Poetry Prize. A CantoMundo Fellow raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, she is currently a Writers’ Studio Instructor and PhD student in Justice Studies at Arizona State University.



Gabriel Dozal: “The Border Simulator (Is This Language A Desert Also?)”

Gabriel Dozal is from El Paso, TX. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at The University of Arizona. He writes about the borderlands and has work in The Literary Review, Guernica, and forthcoming in The Iowa Review.





Rita Banerjee: “Birth of Cool”

Rita Banerjee is the director of the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, editor of CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing, and author of Echo in Four Beats, which was nominated for the 2019 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Her writing appears in Poets & Writers, Nat Brut. LARB, and VIDA. She is the co-writer, with David Shields, of Burning Down the Louvre (2019), a film about race, intimacy, and tribalism in the US and France.



Akiko Yosano (author): Excerpts from “Postpartum Confinement” 

Akiko Yosano (1878-1942) was a pioneer of modern literature in Japan. A famous but impoverished poet and essayist, she had thirteen children and funded the first co-ed school in Japan with the aim of promoting gender equality. Her poetry, celebrated for its anti-war sentiment and sexually liberated feminism, is available in English translation.




Marissa Skeels (translator): Excerpts from “Postpartum Confinement”

Marissa Skeels is a Melbourne-based editor and translator who has lived in Fukushima, Kyoto, and Tokyo for several years. Her translations of Japanese literature are appearing in Overland, Inkwell, and Ezra.






Michael Nye: “The Good Shepherd” 

Michael Nye is the author of two books, the story collection Strategies Against Extinction and the novel All the Castles Burned. His writing has appeared in American Literary Review, Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, Epoch, Kenyon Review, and The Normal School, among many others. He is the editor-in-chief of Story.





Tiphanie Yanique: “Extermination” 

Tiphanie Yanique is a Fulbright Scholar, a National Book Award 5 Under 35 awardee, winner of the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, the United Kingdom’s 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection, the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award and Pushcart Prize. Her books include Land of Love and Drowning, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, and Wife. Tiphanie is from the Virgin Islands and is a professor at Wesleyan University.



Gabriela Denise Frank: “Muertos” 

Gabriela Denise Frank is the author of CivitaVeritas: An Italian Fellowship Journey. A writer of fiction and essays, her work has appeared in True Story, Crab Creek Review, Gold Man Review, Lunch Ticket, The Rumpus, and Front Porch Journal. Her writing is supported by fellowships, residencies and grants from 4Culture, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Mineral School, The Civita Institute and Vermont Studio Center, where this story was composed. Special thanks to Sigrid Nunez who contributed critical feedback on “Muertos.”



Michael Martone: “Four Monologues from Winesburg, Indiana, a small town between For Wayne and South Bend and not that far from Warsaw”

Michael Martone‘s new books are Brooding and The Moon Over Wapakoneta: Fictions and Science Fictions From Indiana and Beyond. He lives in Tuscaloosa and teaches at the university there.





Mark Powell: “Narrowing”

Mark Powell is the author of five novels, most recently Small Treasons from Gallery/Simon and Schuster. His novel Firebird will be published in 2020. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and in 2014, he was a Fulbright fellow to Slovakia. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina where he directs the Creative Writing program at Appalachian State University.





Margo Lemieux: “The Gift” 

Margo Lemieux has been involved in creative endeavors since the first grade when she got into trouble for “decorating” her workbook. After graduating from Boston University, she worked as a graphic designer, newspaper correspondent, children’s book author and illustrator, and other interesting things. Her book Full Worm Moon was described in the New York Times as “well-written.” Currently a professor at Lasell College, she has taught workshops in the Attleboro Arts Museum, Lake Mead National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Fuller Craft Museum, Hang Do Studio, Hanoi, Vietnam, and Rhode Island School of Design.


Noah Weisz: “The Otchka” 

Noah Weisz received his M.F.A. in Fiction from the New Writers Project at UT Austin. He has been shortlisted for the international Bath Children’s Novel Award and a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Literature. His fiction for readers young and old can be found in Highlights, Lunch Ticket, F(r)iction, Cosmonauts Avenue, and other publications. Currently, he teaches creative writing at St. Edward’s University and elementary-school language arts in Austin, Texas. You can learn more at https://noahweisz.wordpress.com.



Yan Fécu: “The Repeating Island” 

Yan Fécu is a Haitian-American scholar and writer. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and held a pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She was a fellow at the VONA/Voices of Our Nations Arts writing residency in 2017. She is currently an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Beth Little: “Where Did You Go?”

Beth Little spent twelve years working as an English teacher in New Hampshire. She has two degrees in writing – a MLitt (fiction) from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and a MFA (Writing for Young People) from the Solstice MFA Program of Pine Manor College where she now works as Assistant Director of the program. Beth’s work has been published in the anthology Somebody’s Child: Stories About Adoption, Eastown Fiction, and the YA Review Network. She was awarded a SCBWI Magazine Merit Honor in 2016.




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Introducing Our New International Young Writers Prize!

Hunger Mountain is pleased to announce its new International Young Writers Prize! This contest is open to all high school writers from around the world, and all genres of creative writing: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children. Students in Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA Program in Writing & Publishing will judge submissions and choose an overall winner, as well as a finalist in each genre. The winner will receive $100 and online publication, and the finalists’ names will be listed online.

Our goal with this prize is to foster the next generation of creative writers, and to encourage young people to make their voices heard. We look forward to reading your best work.

We accept, per entry:

  • One short story of up to 5,000 words
  • One essay of up to 5,000 words
  • One document with up to 3 poems included
  • One piece of writing for children of up to 5,000 words

Your name and address should NOT appear on the story itself; we read contest entries blind. You may enter multiple submissions, but please limit to one entry per genre category.

There is no entry fee for this prize.

Note: Languages in translation will also be considered.

Feel free to include a brief cover letter or bio in the comments section, but not as part of the manuscript itself.

Our submission period for this prize is October 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019.

Please read all guidelines and FAQs before submitting: https://hungermtn.org/contests/international-young-writers-prize/.

Ready to submit your work now? Click here to begin! 

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Announcing Our Guest Judges for the 2019 Hunger Mountain Writing Prizes

2019 Deadline is March 1! Click here for guidelines and to enter the contest.

The 2019 judges are:

  • Erika T. Wurth – Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize
  • Elissa Washuta – Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize
  • Monica Brown – Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing
  • Natalie Diaz – Ruth Stone Poetry Prize


Erika T. Wurth’s publications include a novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend, two collections of poetry and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. Her novel You Who Enter Here is forthcoming from SUNY. A writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Boulevard, Drunken Boat, The Writer’s Chronicle, Waxwing, and The Kenyon Review. She is represented by Peter Steinberg. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.



Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. She is the author of Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules, named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. With Theresa Warburton, she is co-editor of the anthology Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, 4Culture, Potlatch Fund, and Hugo House. Elissa is an assistant professor of creative writing at the Ohio State University.



Monica Brown is the award-winning author of super-awesome books for children, including The Lola Levine chapter book series, Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/no combina, Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, and Waiting for the Biblioburro. She is a professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in Latinx and African American literature. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her husband and her dog.




Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program.jordan release date | New Balance 991 Footwear

Congrats to our Notables!

Congrats to Hunger Mountain contributors and editors who have been named notables in Best American Essays 2018, Best American Short Stories 2018, and Best American Poetry 2018:

  • Katherine Schaefer, Notable Essay 2017 for “Edna, with Her Mouth,” published on Hunger Mountain’s website.
  • Brenda Peynado, Distinguished Short Story 2017 for “The Man I Could Be,” published in Hunger Mountain Issue 21.
  • Hunger Mountain’s Everyday Chimeras (Issue 22) Guest Poetry Editor Donika Kelly, for “Love Poem: Chimeras,” published in the Best American Poetry 2018. 


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Announcing Hunger Mountain’s 2019 Guest Editors and Theme

We’re beyond excited to announce this year’s guest editors, three writers we’ve long admired. We can’t wait to view Hunger Mountain through their creative lenses.

Please help us welcome:


2019 Guest Poetry Editor // Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is a fronteriza from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A., and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México.

Her first book The Verging Cities (Center for Literary Publishing 2015) won the PENAmerican/Joyce Osterweil Award, Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award, NACCS Foco Book Prize, Utah Book Award, and was featured in Poets and Writers, LitHub, and the Los Angeles Times. Lima :: Limón, her second collection, is forthcoming (Copper Canyon Press Spring 2019).

She has won fellowships from the Lannan Foundation (2017) and CantoMundo (2015). Her poems have appeared in a wide range of anthologies and literary magazines including Best American Poetry 2015, POETRY, Tin House, Kenyon Review, and more.

She is a professor of literature at Bennington College.


2019 Guest Children’s Lit Editor // Yamile Saied Méndez

Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) is a fútbol obsessed Argentine-American. She’s the mother of 5 kids and 2 adorable dogs. An inaugural Walter Dean Meyers Grant recipient, and a graduate of Voices of our Nations (VONA) and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Writing for Children program, she’s the author of the forthcoming picture book Where Are You From?  (HarperCollins, 2019) and the middle grade novels Blizzard Besties (Scholastic 2019) and On These Magic Shores (Tu Books/Lee and Low 2020). She’s represented by Linda Camacho at the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.


2019 Guest Prose Editor // James Scott

James Scott is the author of the national bestselling novel, The Kept, which was a finalist for the New England Book Award and an Amazon Best Debut of the Year.

His short fiction can be found in various anthologies and journals such as One Story, Ploughshares, and American Short Fiction and earned several Pushcart nominations. A frequent fellow at Yaddo, James has also received awards and residencies from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, and the St. Botolph’s Foundation. He was an issue editor at One Story, and fiction editor and later managing editor of Redivider.

Currently, he lives in Rhode Island, where he created and hosts the podcast TK with James Scott, where he interviews writers, editors, publishers, book sellers, designers, and agents. He is at work on his second novel, tentatively titled A Full Restoration.


Hunger Mountain 23: The Silence & Power Issue

The theme for our 2019 print issue, Hunger Mountain 23, is Silence & Power. Please submit to us! Surprise us with your interpretation of our theme. We’re looking for work that explores silence and/or power in soft or loud ways. We accept submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults—as well as hybrid forms.

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2018 Contest Winners Are Here

We are thrilled to announce the results of our 2018 contests! With nearly 1,200 entries, we had a wonderful time reading and a hard time choosing our finalists. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winning pieces will be published in the forthcoming months, right here on Hunger Mountain’s online companion.

Thank you to our talented assistant editors and dedicated readers for whom this is a true labor of love.

2018 Contest Winners

2018 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Judge: Caroline Leavitt

First Place Winner:

  • Tova Benjamin for “Engraving Heaven’s Likeness” 


  •  Jax Peters Lowell for “The Pornographer Downstairs”

Honorable Mentions:

  • Phebe TenBroeck Miner for “Selective”
  • Davis Enloe for “Not You. Not Us”

The 2018 finalists:

  •  Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley for “Beauty in the Blood”
  •  Heather Wells Peterson for “Worms”
  •  Vincent Reusch for “The Mercurial Science of the Human Heart”
  •  Corey Campbell for “Just Like You, Too”
  •  Orren Perlman for “Andrew”
  •  Barbara Dickenson for “Cedric’s Shoes”

2018 Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing

Judge: Kekla Magoon

Overall First Place: 

  •  Melissa Baumgart for “Don’t Quote Me” (Young Adult)

Category Winners: 

  • Picture Book: “Where’s Z?” by Brooke Herter James
  • Middle Grade: “Noble Nuptials: An Elizabethan Wedding Alphabet” by Helen Kemp Zax
  • Young Adult: “Bird Girl” by Christy Lenzi

Honorable Mentions:

  • Barbara Younger for “Randolph Caldecott: Forever in Motion” (Picture Book)
  • Patti Richards for “What the Seashell Said” (Picture Book)
  • Jessica Rinker for “The Young Travelers Club” (Middle Grade)
  • Meg Cook for “Laps” (Young Adult)

The 2018 finalists: 

  • Paulette Sharkey for “A Doll for Grandma” (Picture Book)
  • Carolyn Leiloglou for “Ruler of the Craft Table” (Picture Book)
  • Maureen Hourihan for “My Stupendous Fall from Grace” (Middle Grade)
  • Lisa Doan for “The King of Versailles” (Middle Grade)
  • Margaret Nevinski for “Zach Hammerkop and the Summer of Doom” (Middle Grade)
  • Aaron Rabinowitz for “Below Daylight” (Young Adult)
  • Catherine Alene for “Innocent Until” (Young Adult)

2018 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Judge: Sherwin Bitsui

First Place Winner:

  • Ainsley Drew for “Origin of the Species”


  •  Tara Westmor for “Burial”

Honorable Mention:

  • Ainsley Drew for “Reception Study”

The 2018 finalists:

  • Theophilus Kwek for “Transformations”
  • Chaya Bhuvaneswar for “Red Seaweed”
  • Jihyun Yun for “The Leaving Season” and “_____ Found Dead in a Ditch”
  •  Barb Reynolds for “Safety in Numbers”
  •  Brenda Beardsley for “In This One—”
  •  Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley for “A. Real. Uncle. TomTom” and “Bonfire-flies,”

2018 Creative Nonfiction Prize

Judge: Pam Houston

First Place:

  • Helen Whybrow forThe Cord” 


  • David Carlin for “The Biological Station”

Honorable Mention:

  • Cathryn Klusmeier for “Deadman’s Pass”

The 2018 finalists:

  • Caitlin McGill for “Window Curtains”
  • Katie Barnes for “The Domino Effect”
  • Amy Buchanan for “Into the System”
  • Jamie Hill for “Crushed”
  • Tayo Basquiat for “blind field”
  • Evelyn Krieger for “In the Driver’s Seat”

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Meet Our Contributors from “Everyday Chimeras”

You can purchase Hunger Mountain’s Issue 22: Everyday Chimeras (Spring 2018) for $12 or as part of a 2-year subscription.


Angie Macri: “Remembrance: Dream, Palace of Drought”

Angie Macri is the author of Underwater Panther (Southeast Missouri State University), winner of the Cowles Poetry Book Prize, and Fear Nothing of the Future or the Past (Finishing Line). Her recent work appears in Poetry, Superstition Review, and Tar River Poetry. An Arkansas Arts Council fellow, she lives in Hot Springs.

Carl Phillips: “Morphine”

Carl Phillips is the author of 14 books of poetry, most recently Wild Is the Wind (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2018).

Eve Alexandra: “Codetta (or Collision)”

Eve Alexandra’s book, The Drowned Girl, was selected for the Wick Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The HarvardReview, Green Mountains Review, Narrative, and Barrow Street. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Vermont, where she directs the Integrated Fine Arts Program.


Tyler Friend: “Weird Trans Kid”

Tyler Friend is an apricot/human hybrid grown in Tennessee. Their chapbook, Ampersonate, is available from Choose the Sword Press, and their poems have appeared in Tin House, Hobart, and the window of a bar called Charlie-O’s.

José Angel Araguz: “Conditioning (Run Study)”

José Angel Araguz is a CantoMundo fellow and the author of seven chapbooks as well as the collections Everything We Think We Hear (Floricanto Press) and Small Fires (Future Cycle Press). His poems, prose, and reviews have appeared in Crab Creek Review, Prairie Schooner, The Windward Review, and The Bind. He runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence and teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College.


Aimee Nezhukumatathil: “Necks”

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Oceanic (Copper Canyon, 2018). With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems. Awards for her writing include an NEA Fellowship in poetry and the Pushcart Prize. World of Wonder, her collection of lyric nature essays, is forthcoming from Milkweed. She is a professor of English and creative writing in the MFA program of the University of Mississippi.

Elizabeth Barnett: “The Wizard”

Elizabeth Barnett lives in Kansas City. Her recent work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, and Poetry Northwest.

Stephanie Rogers: “Clover”

Stephanie Rogers grew up in Middletown, Ohio and now lives in New York City. She was educated at The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, Southern Review, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, Copper Nickel, and New Ohio Review, as well as the Best New Poets anthology. Saturnalia Books published her first collection of poems, Plucking the Stinger, in 2016.

Ama Codjoe: “Fire-Eating Woman”

Ama Codjoe was raised in Youngstown, Ohio with roots in Memphis and Accra. She has been awarded support from Saltonstall Foundation, Cave Canem Foundation, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and MacDowell Colony. Her recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Narrative, Four Way Review, Georgia Review, Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She is a two-time Pushcart nominee. In 2017, Ama was awarded a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award.

R. Cassandra Bruner: “The Antlered Doe” & “Aubade with Ball Gag”

R. Cassandra Bruner was born and raised in Indiana. Currently, she is an MFA poetry candidate at Eastern Washington University, where she works as the managing editor of Willow Springs Books and the web editor for the literary magazine, Willow Springs. Winner of the 2017 Montana Book Festival Emerging Writers’ Contest, her work has previously appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Pleiades and Vinyl.

Brian Clifton: “Human Performance on Mute”

Brian Clifton co-edits Bear Review. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Texas. His work can be found in: Pleiades, Guernica, Cincinnati Review, Salt Hill, Prairie Schooner, The Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, and other magazines. He is an avid record collector and curator of curiosities.

Sara Ryan: “I Thought There Would Be More Wolves”

Sara Ryan is a third-year poetry MFA candidate at Northern Michigan University and an associate poetry editor for Passages North. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from Tinderbox, Slice Magazine, New South, Third Coast, Fairy Tale Review, The Blueshift Journal, Yemassee, Third Point Press, Prairie Schooner, and others. She lives in the icy Upper Peninsula with her two cats.

Andrea Rogers: “How to Have a Two-Night Stand”

Andrea Rogers is a musician and postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech, where she teaches writing. She is the recipient of the 2015 Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival Poetry Prize, judged by Tracy K.Smith, and two Academy of American Poets awards. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in The Adirondack Review, District Lit, and anthologies by Black Lawrence Press, Negative Capability, and Red Paint Hill. She and her band, Night Driving in Small Towns, have been featured by Rolling Stone and NPR.

Miriam Bird Greenberg: “Of Inheritance” & “Of Names to Disguise the Dead”

Miriam Bird Greenberg is the author of In the Volcano’s Mouth, which won the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and All night in the new country. Recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Poetry Foundation, she’s written about the nomads, hitchhikers, and hobos living on America’s margins, and is currently at work on a fieldwork-derived manuscript about economic migrants and asylum seekers of Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she’s the 2017 writer-in-residence at the National University of Singapore’s University Scholars Programme.

Sarah Elizabeth Schantz: “Swan Soup”

Sarah Elizabeth Schantz lives on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado in an old farmhouse where she is surrounded by open sky and century-old cottonwoods. Her first novel, Fig, debuted from Simon & Schuster in 2015. While she is currently working on her second novel, Roadside Altars, at the encouragement of a beloved student, she is trying to write more poetry these days, including “Swan Soup.” Schantz teaches the craft at Front Range Community College and via her own private workshop series, (W)rites of Passage. She is also editor-in-chief at the new literary app, Zathom.com.

L. Lamar Wilson: “From “Negus in Paris””

L. Lamar Wilson is the author of Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press, 2013) and Prime (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), with Phillip B.Williams, Rickey Laurentiis, Saeed Jones, and Darrel Alejandro Holnes, edited by Jericho Brown. Wilson, an Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem and Callaloo graduate fellow, earned an MFA from Virginia Tech and is completing a doctorate in African American and multiethnic American poetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches on the creative writing faculty at The University of Alabama.

Destiny O. Birdsong: “Of Unapologetic Black Women and Melania Trump”

Destiny O. Birdsong is a poet, essayist, and editor whose work has either appeared or is forthcoming in African American Review, The Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature, Muzzle, Indiana Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Destiny has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Jack Jones Literary Arts, and residencies from Pink Door, The Ragdale Foundation, and The MacDowell Colony. She is also a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal. Read more of her work at www.destinybirdsong.com.

Zachary Schomburg: “I Am a White Horse”

Zachary Schomburg is the author of a novel, Mammother (Featherproof Books, 2017), and four books of poems published by Black Ocean. He is also an illustrator, a teacher, and a co-editor of a small press called Octopus Books. He lives in Portland, OR.

Anna Dunn: “The Eight Graveyards”

Anna Dunn is a food and crime fiction writer. She harbors a deep love for Bruce Springsteen, rescue dogs, and Murder She Wrote. Early on, her mother threw the television out when Anna let it slip that she aspired to be Magnum P.I. when she grew up. She served for a decade as editor of Diner Journal, an independent food and literature magazine, and co-authored Dinner at the Long Table and Saltie: A Cookbook. For at least twenty minutes every day, she is hard at work on her first crime fiction novel and/or concentrating on her breathing.

Elizabeth Acevedo: “The True Story of La Negra, A Bio-Myth”

Elizabeth Acevedo is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow and CantoMundo Fellow. The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018) is her debut novel.

Angie Vorhies: “Golden Shovel for Trayvon Martin”

Angie Vorhies is a poet, documentarian, and co-founder of San Diego Roots, a non-profit dedicated to educating, empowering, and cultivating sustainable local food communities. Her work has appeared in Poetry International, Orion Magazine, About Place Journal, and The Conversations Across Borders Project. She is currently a student at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Beth Bachmann: “god” & “capture”

Beth Bachmann is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry and the author of two books from the Pitt Poetry Series: Temper (Winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award) and Do Not Rise (Winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award). Each fall, she serves as Writer-in-Residence in the MFA program at Vanderbilt University.




Sayantani Dasgupta: “Valentine’s Day: A 14-Point Meditation on Love & Other Fiery Monsters”

Sayantani Dasgupta is the author of Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, & the In-Between (Two Sylvias Press, WA), and the chapbook The House of Nails: Memories of a New Delhi Childhood (Red Bird Books, MN). She edits nonfiction for Crab Creek Review and teaches at the University of Idaho. Her essays and stories have appeared in The Rumpus, Phoebe, and Gulf Stream, among other magazines and literary journals. Honors include a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and a Centrum Fellowship. To learn more, visit www.sdasgupta.com.

Hallie Goodman: “Slum Night”

Hallie Goodman’s writing has appeared in many publications including Glamour Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and Redbook Magazine. She has received fellowships from MacDowell, NYFA MARK and Instar Lodge, and holds a GED and MFA. Hallie lives in Hudson, New York, where she co-founded Volume Reading and Music Series. She is at work on a memoir.

Sasha LaPointe: “The Jacket”

Sasha LaPointe is a member of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe. Her work focuses on trauma and resilience, sexual violence, and indigenous feminism. She’s inspired by the work her grandmother did for the Coast Salish language revitalization, loud basement punk shows, and what it means to grow up mixed heritage. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Indian Country Today, Luna Luna Magazine, The Yellow Medicine Review, The Portland Review, AS/Us Journal, and THE Magazine. She received her MFA from The Institute of American Indian Arts with a focus on creative nonfiction and poetry.

Syreeta McFadden: “A Running List of Things Learned Today:”

Syreeta McFadden is a writer and professor of English at the Borough Manhattan Community College, City College of New York. Her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The Nation, BuzzFeed News, NPR, Brooklyn Magazine, Storyscape Journal, and The Guardian. She is currently working on a collection of essays.

Caroll Sun Yang: “The Waist That You Are From”

Caroll Sun Yang earned her BFA at Art Center College of Design, an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, and holds certification as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist. Her work appears in The Nervous Breakdown, New World Writing, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, Columbia Journal, Diagram, and Juked. She is the associate editor for The Unseasonal. She survives in Highland Park, CA with her family of four and is always down for lo-fi anything/sarcasm/dogs/Latrinalia/frosting/Cheetos. She spews forth gobs on Facebook/Instagram. — www.carollsunyang.com


Lydia Conklin: “Come On, Come Here, Talk to Me”

Lydia Conklin has received two Pushcart Prizes, scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from Princeton, Emory, MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, Hedgebrook, Jentel, Lighthouse Works, Millay, VCCA, Sitka, and Harvard University, among others. Her fiction is in a forthcoming compilation of the best of the last twenty-five years of the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Tin House, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Narrative Magazine, and elsewhere. She has drawn graphic fiction for Lenny Letter, Drunken Boat, The Florida Review, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.

Shelly Oria: “Redirect: In Response to Tanya Gill’s Shared Horizons”

Shelly Oria is the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (FSG & RandomHouse Canada, 2014), which earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, among other honors. Recently, she co-authored a digital novella, CLEAN, commissioned by WeTransfer and McSweeney’s; the novella received two LOVIE awards. Oria’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and elsewhere, has been translated to other languages, and has won a number of awards. She lives in Brooklyn, where she co-directs the Writer’s Forum at the Pratt Institute.

Alexander Weinstein: “Invasive Species & Their Habitats”

Alexander Weinstein is the director of The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the author of the short story collection, Children of the New World (Picador 2016). His fiction and interviews have appeared in Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, World Literature Today, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017, and Best American Experimental Writing 2017.

Jordy Rosenberg: “A Monster Stands Guard at the Door of the House of Love”

Jordy Rosenberg is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the author of the novel, Confessions of the Fox (One World/Random House, June 2018).


Mallory Ortberg: “On Wednesdays We Wore Pink”

Mallory Ortberg is the cofounder of The Toast and the author of Texts From Jane Eyre and The Merry Spinster.


Lara Ehrlich: “Objects of Unexpected Beauty”

Lara Ehrlich’s writing appears or is forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, The Columbia Review, The Normal School, The Minnesota Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and River Styx, among others, and she is working on a short story collection. To learn more, visit www.LaraEhrlichWrites.com.

Amy Rose Capetta: “Honey and Cold Stars”

Amy Rose Capetta is an alum of the Writing for Children and Young Adults program at VCFA. She is the author of three YA novels, most recently Echo After Echo, a queer love story wrapped in a murder mystery set on Broadway. Her five forthcoming novels all feature queerness and magic, from an Italian-inspired fantasy (The Brilliant Death) to a gender bent Arthurian space fantasy (Once & Future) co-authored with the scoundrel of her heart, Cori McCarthy. Amy Rose lives in Vermont.

Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti: “Marginalia”

Nana Nkweti is a Cameroonian-American writer and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She was the Fall 2017 Phillip Roth Writer-in-Residence at the Stadler Center for Poetry and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, Ucross, Byrdcliffe, Kimbilio, Hub City Writers, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Clarion West Writers Workshop. Nana’s writing has been published and is forthcoming in journals and magazines such as Brittle Paper, New Orleans Review, Masters Review, and The Baffler, amongst others.

Julie Hampton: “Being Boris”

Julie Hampton is an architect, author, and illustrator. She tends towards an offbeat humor, always looking for the sweet spot of creating something both funny and heartfelt. Her illustration work has been developed for the children’s picture book world, so plenty of animals, children, and fantasy creatures. And robots! Her work is created in graphite pencil, Prismacolor, acrylic paint, and watercolor. She is also experienced in Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash Animation, and other digital media. You can see more of her work at her website: www.juliehampton.com.



Maggie Nowinski: Featured Artist

Maggie Nowinski is an interdisciplinary visual artist, arts educator, and curator who lives and works in Western Massachusetts. She received her BFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz and her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is adjunct faculty in the visual fine arts departments at Westfield State University in Massachusetts and Manchester Community College in CT and is an Artist-Teacher at VCFA. She has been the recipient of multiple grants in support of her work, frequently exhibits throughout New England, and her work has been in numerous exhibitions nationally. While her current body of work is rooted in drawing and printmaking, her artworks frequently take the format of installation and combine traditional and unusual media, audio, video, and performative processes. Nowinski’s philosophy is embodied by an awareness of the conceptual and political inevitability of art making. She is also fond of collaborations. To learn more, visit www.maggienowinski.org.

Charles Recher: “Swing” (cover image)

Charles Recher was a native South Florida artist who created poetical works of short film, multimedia installation and performance, and other visual arts, as well as poetry and prose. Recher created over one hundred films and videos, frequently set or experienced in surprising locations throughout the city: from elevators, bicycles, and metro-movers to pedestrian malls and projections on urban architecture. His awards include Cultural Consortium Fellowships, NEA grants, and Florida Individual Artist Fellowships. He died on January 26, 2017.




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Announcing Our Guest Judges for the 2018 Hunger Mountain Literary Prizes…

2018 Deadline Extended to March 15th! Click here for guidelines and to enter the contest.

The 2018 judges are:

  • Caroline Leavitt – Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

  • Pam Houston – Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize

  • Sherwin Bitsui – Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

  • Kekla Magoon – Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing

Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow, Pictures of You, Girls In Trouble, Coming Back To Me, Living Other Lives, Into Thin Air, Family, Jealousies, Lifelines, and Meeting Rozzy Halfway. Her many essays, stories, book reviews and articles have appeared in Salon, Psychology Today, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, The New York Times Modern Love, Publisher’s Weekly, People, Real Simple, New York Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and numerous anthologies. She teaches novel writing online at both Stanford University and UCLA Extension Writers Program, as well as working with writers privately.



Pam Houston’s most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted, published in 2012. She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, the novel, Sight Hound, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton. Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, The Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards. She directs the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers, is professor of English at UC Davis, teaches in The Institute of American Indian Art’s Low-Rez MFA program, and at writer’s conferences around the country and the world. She lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.



Sherwin Bitsui, a Diné (Navajo) from the Navajo Reservation in White Cone, Arizona, received an AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the poetry collections Shapeshift (2003) and Flood Song (2009). Steeped in Native American culture, mythology, and history, Bitsui’s poems reveal the tensions in the intersection of Native American and contemporary urban culture. His poems are imagistic, surreal, and rich with details of the landscape of the Southwest. Flood Song is a book-length lyric sequence that explores the traditions of Native American writing through postmodern fragment and stream of consciousness. Bitsui has received a grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry and a Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship.



Kekla Magoon is the author of ten novels, including The Rock and the RiverHow It Went DownX: A Novel (with Ilyasah Shabazz), and the Robyn Hoodlum Adventures series. She has received an NAACP Image Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, two Coretta Scott King Honors, The Walter Award Honor, the In the Margins Award, and been long listed for the National Book Award. She also writes non-fiction on historical topics. Kekla conducts school and library visits nationwide and serves on the Writers’ Council for the National Writing Project. Kekla holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now serves on faculty.Nike Sneakers Store | Nike Air Max 270

2017 Contest Winners Are Here

We are thrilled to announce the results of our 2017 contests! With nearly 1,500 entries, we had a wonderful time reading and a hard time choosing our finalists. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winning pieces will be published this fall, right here in Hunger Mountain’s online companion.

Thank you to our talented assistant editors and dedicated readers.

2017 Contest Winners

2017 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Judge: Matt Bell

First Place: Mike Alberti for “The Morning After the Hometown Diner Burned Down” 


  • Scott Alumbaugh for “Fire Illness”

Our Honorable Mention:

  • Eileen O’Connor for “The Magic Telescope”

The 2017 finalists:

  • Janey Moore for “Beatitudes”
  • Cady Vishniac for “Remainders”
  • Charlene Logan Burnett for “Creed”
  • Debka Colson for “A Proper Bargain”
  • Sean Marciniak for “Sanctuary”
  • Janet Fancher for “Martin”
  • Lesley Bannatyne for “Weight of a Soul”

2017 Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing

Judge: Cynthia Leitich Smith

Overall First Place: 

  • Mindy McGinnis for “Do Not Go Gently” (Young Adult)

Category Winners: 

  • Picture Book: “Bright Star: Vera Rubin’s Story” by Sandra Nickel
  • Middle Grade: “A Roundabout Way” by Patricia Jacaban Miranda
  • Young Adult: “The Carrying Beam” by S.M. Mack

Honorable Mentions:

  • Julie Hampton for “Betty Builds It” (Picture Book)
  • Trista Wilson for “The Color of Sad” (Middle Grade)

The 2017 finalists: 

  • Pamela Laskin for “Be-A-(Girl)” (Picture Book)
  • Jennifer Kam for “Send Drac Back” (Picture Book)
  • Julie Hampton for “Being Boris” (Picture Book)
  • Callie Miller for “The Elements of Magic” (Middle Grade)
  • Joe Saccany for “One Dusty Afternoon” (Middle Grade)
  • Jessica Mattson for “The Box-Maker’s Daughter” (Middle Grade)
  • Shayda Bakhshi for “Moon Kelp” (Young Adult)
  • Kathleen Bagley for “Elysium Girls” (Young Adult)
  • Estelle Laure for “He, Myselfie, and I” (Young Adult)

2017 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Judge: Major Jackson

First Place Winner:

  • Ezra Baeli-Wang for “Being of Islands”


  • Kathleen O’Toole for “Starlings”

The 2017 finalists:

  • Shuyu Cao for “Forgiveness”
  • Christopher Bursk for “December 5, 1969”
  • Julia C. Alter for “Ode to My Plum (12 Weeks)”
  • Jane Zwart for “Two Earths”
  • Karen Pittelman for “The Midtown Tunnel”
  • Lyall Harris for “Blink”
  • Emma Bolden for “The Blood and the Lamb”
  • John Sibley Williams for “The Crossing”
  • Jennifer Cullinane for “G. boreopacifica”
  • Nan Becker for “Verity”
  • Roberta Visser for “Dandelions”

2017 Creative Nonfiction Prize

Judge: Joni Tevis

First Place:

  • Richard Gilbert forAnimals Saved Me” 


  • Kate Marquez for “How Prostitution Saved My Life”

Honorable Mentions:

  • Saffron Marchant for “Baker’s Dozen”
  • Jeri Griffith for “Remembering Ethel”

2017 finalists:

  • Micah Bateman for “Family Romance”
  • Heidi LaMoreaux for “Final Interview”
  • Christine Hemp for “Passport”
  • Jane Marcellus for “Real Kid”

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Announcing Hunger Mountain’s 2018 Guest Editors and Theme

We’re beyond excited to announce this year’s guest editors, three writers we’ve long admired. We can’t wait to view Hunger Mountain through their creative lenses.

Please help us welcome:


2018 Guest Prose Editor // Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has appeared in venues including The Kenyon ReviewTin House, Granta, The Believer, Prairie SchoonerGlamourSalon, New York TimesGuernicaDissent, Poets & Writers, Lenny LetterThe Guardian, Elle UK, Vogue.com, and her essays have won prizes from Prairie SchoonerStory Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers. She is a three-time MacDowell Colony fellow, and has also received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Ragdale, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University, serves on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and co-curated the Manhattan reading and music series, Mixer, for ten years. She lives in Brooklyn.


                                                                2018 Guest Poetry Editor // Donika Kelly

Donika Kelly is the author of BESTIARY (Graywolf 2016), winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, long listed for the National Book Award (2016), and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award (2017). A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, she received her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. Her poems have been appeared or are forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly ReviewTin House, and Gulf Coast.



2018 Guest Children’s Lit Editor // Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others. Her debut novel, AMERICAN STREET, was published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and has received five starred reviews. Her next YA novel, PRIDE, is due out in the Fall of 2018. Her middle grade debut, MY LIFE AS AN ICE-CREAM SANDWICH is forthcoming from Dutton/Penguin Books. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, and their three young children. You can find her online at www.ibizoboi.net.


Hunger Mountain 22: Everyday Chimeras

The theme for our 2018 print issue, Hunger Mountain 22, is Everyday Chimeras. Please submit to us! Surprise us with your interpretation of our theme. We’re looking for work that explores chimeras in small and large ways, through content or form. We accept submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults—as well as hybrid forms.

Submissions are open! You can start the submissions process here.

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We Are Pleased to Announce the Judges for Hunger Mountain’s 2017 Literary Prizes

2017 Deadline Extended to March 8th! Click here for guidelines and to enter the contest.

The 2017 judges are:

  •  Matt Bell– Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

  • Joni Tevis – Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize

  • Major Jackson – Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

  • Cynthia Leitich Smith – Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing


Matt Bell Author Photo IIMatt Bell is the author most recently of the novel Scrapper and the story collection  A Tree or a Person or a Wall. His previous novel, In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, was a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient, as well as the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. He is also the author of two collections of fiction and a non-fiction book about the classic video game Baldur’s Gate II. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Conjunctions, and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he now teaches creative writing at Arizona State University, where he serves as the Interim Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.


Formerly a park ranger, factory worker, and seller of cemetery plots, Joni is the author of two books of essays, The Wet Collection: A Field Guide to Iridescence and Memory, and The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse, both published by Milkweed Editions.  Her essays have appeared in Orion, Oxford American, Poets & Writers, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere.  She serves as the Bennette E. Geer Professor of Literature at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.



Major_JacksonMajor is the author of four collections of poetry: Roll Deep (W.W. Norton: 2015), Holding Company (W.W. Norton: 2010), Hoops (W.W. Norton: 2006), and Leaving Saturn(University of Georgia: 2002), which was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He has published poems and essays in AGNIAmerican Poetry ReviewCallalooHarvard Divinity BulletinThe New YorkerThe New York Times Book Review,  Paris ReviewPoetryTin House, and other fine literary periodicals. His poetry has been included in Best American Poetry (2004, 2011, 2013, 2014) and Best of the Best American Poetry. He is the editor of Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. Major Jackson is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He has served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He is a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars and the Richard A. Dennis Professor at University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.


cynthia_leitich_smithCynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling author of the Feral series, which includes Feral NightsFeral Curseand Feral Pride, as well as the Tantalize series, which includes Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, and Diabolical. Two graphic novels, Tantalize: Kieren’s Story and Eternal: Zachary’s Story complete the Tantalize series. Cynthia’s award-winning children’s books include Jingle DancerRain Is Not My Indian Name and Indian Shoes. She has been twice featured at the National Book Festival. Her titles have been honored among Notable Children’s Trade Books in Social Studies, Oklahoma Book Award finalists, NEA Choices, CCBC Choices, Bank Street Choices, Children’s Crown List selections, YALSA Popular Paperbacks, state award winners, honorees and listed titles, the Illumine Awards and more. In 2013, the Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators instituted the Cynthia Leitich Smith Mentor Award in her honor. She also was named a Writer of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, and she serves on the advisory board of the We Need Diverse Books nonprofit organization.latest jordan Sneakers | Air Jordan Sneakers

We Are Pleased to Announce the Judges for Hunger Mountain’s 2016 Literary Prizes

The judges are:

  •  Janet Burroway- Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

  • Robert Michael Pyle – Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize

  • Lee Upton – Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

  • Rita Williams-Garcia – Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing

Janet Burroway, photo: Mary Stephan

photo by Mary Stephan

Janet Burroway, awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing by the Florida Humanities Council, is the author of eight novels including The Buzzards, Raw Silk (recently re-released by Open Road Media), Opening Nights, Cutting Stone, and Bridge of Sand. Plays includeSweepstakes, Division of Property, and Media With Child (Sideshow, 2009), which have received readings and productions in New York, London, San Francisco, Hollywood, and Chicago; Parts of Speech, winner of the Brink! Development prize of Renaissance Theatreworks in Milwaukee; andBoomerang, winner of the Sideshow Theatre Company’s Freshness award in 2015. Her textbooks Writing Fiction (the most widely used creative writing textbook in America) and Imaginative Writing, are in 9th and 4th editions respectively. She is the editor of a 2014 collection of essays by older women authors, A Story Larger Than My Own, from University of Chicago Press, and her memoir Losing Timappeared in the spring of 2014 from Think Piece Publishers. She is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at the Florida State University.

Robert Michael Pyle (photo credit: Florence Sage)

photo credit: Florence Sage

Robert Michael Pyle dwells, writes, and studies natural history in rural Cascadia. An Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a Guggenheim Fellow, he founded the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Pyle’s eighteen books include Wintergreen (winner of the John Burroughs Medal), Sky Time in Gray’s River, The Thunder Tree, Where Bigfoot Walks, Chasing Monarchs,Mariposa Road, Walking the High Ridge, The Tangled Bank, Evolution of the Genus Iris: Poems, and a flight of butterfly books. Pyle has taught place-based writing at Utah State University, as Kittredge Distinguished Writer at the University of Montana, and in many other venues from Alaska to Alabama, Tasmania to Tajikistan. He is currently making poems and music with his friend, neighbor, and Grange brother, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.

Lee Upton photo
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.

Rita Williams-Garcia

Rita Williams-Garcia

Rita Williams-Garcia is the author of the novel One Crazy Summer, a Newbery Honor book of 2011, a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The sequel, P.S. Be Eleven, was also a Coretta Scott King Award winner and an ALA Notable Children’s Book for Middle Readers. She is also the author of six distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book); Fast Talk on a Slow Track (ALA Best Books for Young Adults); Blue Tights; and Like Sisters on the Homefront, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, and is on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program.

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Announcing 2016-17 Guest Editors and Theme

July 2016.

Hello readers and writers. First off, we want to extend a special invitation: please submit for our upcoming print issue. Hunger Mountain 21: Masked/Unmasked will be out in February. We need your brilliant work now. We’re looking for poetry, children’s lit, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The theme, Masked/Unmasked, can be interpreted in myriad ways–don’t worry about being literal; we want to be surprised at how you explore masks and unmasking. Please do submit your poetry, fiction, CNF, and Children’s Lit to us. Submissions close in September, so now’s the time. You can start the submissions process here.

We’re also so excited to announce this year’s guest editors. These three writers are creative hurricanes, and Hunger Mountain is so lucky to have them on staff.

2016 Guest Prose Editor // Jedediah Berry

Jjedediah-berryedediah Berry’s first novel, The Manual of Detection, won the Crawford Award and the Hammett Prize. The book has been translated into a dozen languages, and an audio adaptation was produced by BBC Radio. His short fiction appears in journals including Conjunctions, Fairy Tale Review, and Ninth Letter. His story in cards, “The Family Arcana,” was published in the form of a poker deck by Ninepin Press, for which he serves as co-editor. He lives in Western Massachusetts and teaches at the Solstice MFA Program of Pine Manor College.



2016 Guest Poetry Editor // Iain Haley Pollock

Iain_PollockIain Haley Pollock is the author of Spit Back a Boy, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His new work has appeared in African American Review and online at the Academy of American Poets and Poetry Society of America websites. He teaches English at Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York, and is on the poetry faculty at Pine Manor College’s Solstice MFA Program.




2016 Guest Children’s Lit Editor // Laura Williams McCaffrey

Laura_McCaffreyLaura Williams McCaffrey’s stories have been published by Cicada, YA Review Network, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Soundings Review. Her story “Into the Vast” was awarded the 2014 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction. In February 2016, Clarion Books released Marked, a dystopian mixed-media fantasy for teens. She’s the author of two children’s fantasy novels, Water Shaper, selected in 2007 for the NYPL Books for the Teen Age list, and Alia Waking, an IRA Notable Book and a Teens’ Top Ten Books nominee. Alia Waking also was a nominee for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award. Laura teaches at Solstice, the low-residency MFA program at Pine Manor College, as well as at Pacem School, an independent school for middle and high school students.

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Congrats to Our Notables!

Congrats to Hunger Mountain authors and editors who have been named notables in Best American Essays 2015 and Best Nonrequired Reading 2015:

  • Dionisia Morales, Notable Essay 2014 for “Homing Instinct,” published in Hunger Mountain issue 18.
  • Allie Rowbottom, Notable Essay 2014 for “World of Blue,” published in Hunger Mountain issue 18.
  • Hunger Mountain Online Editor John Proctor, Notable Essay 2014 for “The Question of Influence,” published in the fall issue of Normal School.
  • Hunger Mountain Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor Laurie Easter, Notable Essay for 2014 for “Crack My Heart wide Open,” published in The Rumpus.
  • Kendall Klym, Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2014 for “Pavlova,” Runner-up in the 2013 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize and published in Hunger Mountain issue 18.

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