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!