Submission Guidelines

2022 General Guidelines for All Contests: 

Submissions for all contests will open on April 1, 2022 and close on June 15, 2022.

One first place winner receives $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain Issue #27, and one runner-up receives publication in Hunger Mountain Issue #27. You may enter more than one piece in each category, or separate pieces in multiple categories, but each entry needs its own entry fee. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us know within twenty-four hours if your work is accepted elsewhere, and please know that we cannot refund entry fees. Submissions should be anonymous. Your name or any other information that would allow someone to identify you (email address etc.) should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Contact information should only be included in the Submittable form. Entry fee: $20. 

Please note: current and former VCFA faculty and staff as well as current and former VCFA students are excluded from the contest. If any of the selected authors fall under these categories they will be disqualified, and a replacement will be chosen from among the finalists.   

See the 2021 Contest Winners, Runners Up, and Finalists


Individual GUIDELINES:

Howard Frank Mosher Prize for Short Fiction

Submissions will open on April 1, 2022 and close on June 15, 2022.

Please enter one original, unpublished story under 6,000 words per submission fee. Submissions should be anonymous. Your name or any other information that would allow someone to identify you (email address etc.) should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Contact information should only be included in the Submittable form. Manuscripts should be submitted double spaced and in 12 point type. This year’s judge is Hunger Mountain Editor-in-chief, Adam McOmber.

We ask that you do not include song lyrics or any other copyrighted material in your submissions.

Please read the general guidelines before submitting. If you have questions, please email hungermtn@vcfa.edu.


Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Submissions will open on April 1, 2022 and close on June 15, 2022.

Please submit up to three original unpublished poems in one entry (all three poems in one Word document or PDF). Submissions should be anonymous. Your name or any other information that would allow someone to identify you (email address etc.) should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Contact information should only be included in the Submittable form. This year’s judge is Hunger Mountain Poetry Editor, Tomás Q. Morín

We ask that you do not include song lyrics or any other copyrighted material in your submissions.

Please read the general guidelines before submitting. If you have questions, please email hungermtn@vcfa.edu.


Hunger Mountain’s Creative Nonfiction Prize

Submissions will open on April 1, 2022 and close on June 15, 2022.

Please enter one original, unpublished piece of creative nonfiction, no more than 6,000 words. Submissions should be anonymous. Your name or any other information that would allow someone to identify you (email address etc.) should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Contact information should only be included in the Submittable form. Manuscripts should be submitted double spaced and in 12 point type. This year’s judge is Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Editor, Sue William Silverman.

We ask that you do not include song lyrics or any other copyrighted material in your submissions.

Please read the general guidelines before submitting. If any of your questions haven’t been answered, please email hungermtn@vcfa.edu.


Hunger Mountain’s Prize in Translation

Submissions will open on April 1, 2022 and close on June 15, 2022.

Please enter one original, unpublished story in translation (under 6,000 words) OR one original, unpublished creative nonfiction piece in translation (under 6,000 words) OR up to three original unpublished poems in translation per submission fee. Submissions should be anonymous. Your name or any other information that would allow someone to identify you (email address etc.) should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Contact information should only be included in the Submittable form. This year’s judge is Hunger Mountain Translation Editor, Allison Grimaldi Donahue.

Translator must provide proof of rights should the piece be chosen.

We ask that you do not include song lyrics or any other copyrighted material in your submissions.Please read the general guidelines before submitting. If any of your questions haven’t been answered, please email hungermtn@vcfa.edu.