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Press Release Fun: The Katherine Paterson Prize

From the editors:

Hunger Mountain presents the Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing  

We are thrilled to present the inaugural Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing in Hunger Mountain. 

Hunger Mountain, the arts journal of Vermont College of Fine Arts, will launch our new online arts journal early this summer. Our new site will include YA and Children’s Literature; we’ll feature articles on hot topics and trends in YA and children’s literature, interviews with publishing industry insiders, and fiction selections by well-known and up-and-coming YA and children’s authors. Upcoming issues will feature pieces by Katherine Paterson, Carrie Jones, K.A. Nuzum, Janet S. Wong, Susan Patron, Rita Williams-Garcia, Sara Zarr and many others! 

All writers of Young Adult Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, and Picture Books are encouraged to enter the Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing for a piece of fiction NOT yet under contract or under consideration by a publisher. Newbery Award winning author Katherine Paterson will judge. One winner will receive $1000.00 and publication in Hunger Mountain online, and two honorable mentions will receive $100.00 each.  

Entries may include:

  • Young Adult Fiction (novel excerpt or short story)
  • Middle Grade Fiction (novel excerpt or short story)
  • Picture Book (text only)


Submission Fee: $20 per entry  

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by June 30th, 2009 

Contest Guidelines:

Your packet should include four items:

  • A one-page cover sheet that includes:
    • Your name, address, email and phone number
    • The title of your manuscript
    • The category of your manuscript (YA, MG, PB)
    • A brief (one to two paragraph/200 word) bio of yourself
    • A brief (one to two paragraph/250 word) synopsis of your manuscript
  • Your manuscript:
    • Up to 5,000 words of middle grade/young adult fiction, or one picture book manuscript (text only)
    • Entries must be double-spaced, with margins of at least 1”
    • Please number the pages of your entry, and label each page with the title
    • Please DO NOT label the manuscript with your name (entries will be judged anonymously)
    • Please paperclip (do not staple) your entry
  • Entry Fee:
    • Check or money order for $20, payable to Hunger Mountain
  • Self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of award winners
  • A self-addressed, stamped postcard for us to acknowledge receipt of your entry (optional)


Packets should be mailed to:

Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing

Hunger Mountain

Vermont College of Fine Arts

36 College Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Constance Lombardo says:

    This sounds interesting. Is it one winner per category? Thanks.

  2. Fuse #8 says:

    I asked and got this answer: It’s actually one winner overall. Plus two honorable mentions. Winners will automatically be published in Hunger Mountain, but all non-winning entries will be considered for publication, as well.

  3. Miciah Bay Gault says:

    Hi there. I’m the managing editor of Hunger Mountain, and I just wanted to respond to the question posted above. You’re right, there’s one overall first place winner, and two honorable mentions. And all entries will be read and enjoyed!

  4. Donna McDine says:

    Hi, what is the date of notification to winners?

    Thank you,
    Donna McDine

  5. I am also wondering about an announcement date for the contest. Since subs must not be under consideration elsewhere, it would be good to know how long we can expect to wait before proceeding to submit to publishers. Thanks!