Vermont Book Award

“There is no better way to honor Vermont’s extensive literary culture than the Vermont Book Award. Vermont College of Fine Arts has figured out a way to gather all of Vermont’s writers and readers as one family, and it doesn’t matter that at its core it’s a competition—it feels entirely like a celebration.” Kerrin McCadden, winner of the inaugural Vermont Book Award

The Vermont Book Award is a $5,000 literary prize created by VCFA to celebrate the literature of Vermont. To qualify, a book must be a work of outstanding literary merit by a Vermont writer.

A committee of independent booksellers of Vermont lends its expertise to nominate worthy books in four categories: Children’s Literature, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry. Publishers may also submit nominations.

In early summer, a group of distinguished judges chooses finalists in each of the genres. The winner is selected from these finalists and announced at the Vermont Book Award Gala in the autumn.


Miciah Bay Gault
Program Director, MFA in Writing & Publishing
Editor, Hunger Mountain