Writers! Submit Your Short Story, Essay or Poem for the Vermont Writers’ Prize
Annual Awards from GMP and VERMONT Magazine Celebrate Writing About Vermont
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power (GMP) and VERMONT Magazine are urging writers to get their entries ready for one of the state’s premiere literary contests, the Vermont Writer’s Prize. The prize is awarded in two categories – prose and poetry. Each winner receives $1,250 and their works will be published in VERMONT Magazine’s Summer 2022 issue.
Submissions can be essays, short stories or poems that focus on “Vermont – Its People, Its Places, Its History or Its Values.” The prize was launched in 1989 to celebrate writing about Vermont and Vermonters, while honoring the literary legacy of the late Ralph Nading Hill Jr., a Vermont historian and writer and longtime member of GMP’s board of directors.
“Vermont is full of wonderful perspectives, and what Vermont means to us is different for everyone. Each year we receive heartfelt reflections on the Vermont experience, and I’m looking forward to reading the latest entries to see how our amazing state inspires another group of talented Vermonters,” said Steve Costello, a writers’ prize judge and vice president at GMP.
Entries are being accepted now, and the deadline is Jan. 1,2022. They must be unpublished, works of prose less than 1,500 words long, and poems less than 40 lines. Individuals may submit only one work. Entrants may be amateur or professional writers. Employees of VERMONT Magazine or Green Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible. You can submit your entry here:
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 266,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with them to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. GMP earned a spot on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World list four years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020). In 2021, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) honored GMP as a nationwide leader in energy transformation, and in 2019 GMP earned the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine.
Kristin Kelly, Green Mountain Power
Vermont is full of wonderful perspectives, and what Vermont means to us is different for everyone.Steve Costello, GMP Vice President and Writers’ Prize judge.