Tuesday, March 1, 2016
One overall first place winner receives $1,000 and publication.
Three category winners receive $100 each and publication. The categories are:
Young Adult (YA)
Middle Grade (MG)
Picture Book or Writing for Young Children
The Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is an annual prize for young adult and children’s literature. It is a chance for your YA and children’s lit to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges.
The postmark deadline is March 1. Submittable will be open for entries October 1 to March 1.
We accept both electronic and snail mail entries.
For electronic entries:
We use Submittable for electronic entries. Please enter your original, unpublished piece under 10,000 words. Your entry may be a short story or a novel excerpt, but if it’s a novel excerpt it should be able to stand alone. Feel free to include a brief synopsis if your entry is a novel excerpt. Your name and address should not appear on the story; we read contest entries blind. Click the link below to access our online submission system. Once in the submission manager, you’ll need to choose “Katherine Paterson Prize” (scroll all the way to the bottom to find it). Pay the $20.00 entry fee and upload your entry. Please include a cover letter in the comments section, letting us know what age group your piece is intended for. Click here to enter the Katherine Paterson Prize: hungermtn.submittable.com/submit
For snail mail entries:
Please send one original, unpublished piece under 10,000 words. Your entry may be a short story or a novel excerpt, but if it’s a novel excerpt it should stand on its own. Feel free to include a brief synopsis along with your novel excerpt. Include a $20 entry fee. Make checks payable to “Vermont College of Fine Arts.” Entries should be postmarked by March 1. Your name or address should not appear anywhere on the story itself (we read entries blind). Instead, enclose an index card with story title, intended age group, your name, address, phone number and email address. You may also enclose an SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) for notification of winners. Entries should be typed and on one side of the paper only. No staples please. Send entries to:
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
We do accept (but we don’t require) illustrations along with picture book manuscripts. These should be copies/pdfs only. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ART! We’ll consider illustrated and text-only picture book entries.
If you submit by mail, send copies of art only. If you submit through Submittable, your illustrated entry should be a pdf.
Your entry will be considered for general publication as well as for the Katherine Paterson Prize.
You may enter more than one story in this prize, but each entry needs its own entry fee.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. And, unfortunately, we can’t refund entry fees if the work is accepted somewhere else.
If you are a child or a teenager, you also may enter this prize. However, your work will be evaluated alongside adult work. If you’re a serious writer, it’s okay with us if you enter the prize — just know this prize isn’t intended for teenagers or for children.
Fore more information, please contact us by email at [email protected] or visit our contest website at hungermtn.org/contests/katherine-paterson-prize.