The Vermont Writers’ Prize, created in honor of Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., is considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes. Hill, a Vermont historian, and writer who published numerous books and magazine articles on the subject of Vermont, was a long-time member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors. 

The contest is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonal residents and students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants may be amateur or professional writers. 

Submissions need to be essays, short stories, or poems on the themes of “Vermont––Its People, Its Places, Its History or Its Values.” Entries must be unpublished and less than 1,500 words long. More detailed submission instructions are available at

The winning entry will be selected by an independent panel of judges and will be published in a special section of the Summer 2021 edition of Vermont Magazine. The author will receive a cash prize of $1,250.

Employees and subcontractors of Vermont Magazine or Green Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible.

Vermont Writers' Prize