Hunger Mountain - Vermont College Journal of the arts

About Us

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Hunger Mountain is both a print and online journal of the arts. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, young adult and children’s writing, writing for stage and screen, interviews, reviews, and craft essays. Our print issue comes out annually in the fall, and our online content changes on a regular basis.

Vermont college sign amidst blossomsThe Hunger Mountain editorial offices are located at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in historical Montpelier, Vermont. Vermont College of Fine Arts is the first college devoted entirely to graduate fine arts programs, with MFA programs in Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Visual Art, Graphic Design, and Music Composition. For pictures of our office and our campus, check out the Hunger Mountain photo gallery. For information about the editors, check out the Faces of Hunger Mountain.

Hunger Mountain was started in 2002 by founding editor Caroline Mercurio through a generous donation from a Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing alumnus. The journal has thrived since then with the assistance of MFA in writing faculty and ongoing support from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, VCFA alums, and friends of Hunger Mountain.

Past contributors to Hunger Mountain include Pinckney Benedict, Ron Carlson, Hayden Carruth, Matthew Dickman, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Terrance Hayes, Alice Hoffman, Maxine Kumin, Dorianne Laux, Bret Lott, Michael Martone, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tomaž Šalamun, Charles Simic, James Tate, and Jean Valentine.

Hunger Mountain hosts four annual writing prizes, which are open to all writers: the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize (deadline June 30), the Ruth Stone Prize in Poetry (deadline December 10), and the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing (deadline June 30), and the Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize (deadline September 10). For guidelines, click here.

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