About

Established in 2014, the Vermont Book Award is a literary prize administered by Vermont College of Fine Arts that honors work of outstanding literary merit by Vermont authors and celebrates the long tradition of literature in the state.

The award was started when VCFA President Thomas Christopher Greene, himself an accomplished novelist, asked a simple question: "Why doesn’t Vermont, a state so steeped in literary culture, have a major literary prize?"

WHAT BOOKS ARE ELIGIBLE?

In order to be eligible for the award, a book must be written by a Vermont writer and published between January 1 and December 31 of the year prior to the award. Self-published books are ineligible, as are books written by staff, trustees, and current students of VCFA.

WHO NOMINATES BOOKS?

A committee of independent booksellers of Vermont nominates books in four categories: Children’s Literature, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry. Publishers may also nominate books. Nominations are open each year from January 1 to March 1.

WHO ARE THE JUDGES?

Each year, VCFA selects judges in each of the four genre categories. Judges are Vermont writers, teachers, librarians, and passionate supporters of literature in Vermont. VCFA staff takes no part in the judges’ deliberations, except to verify a nominee’s eligibility.

HOW ARE THE FINALISTS CHOSEN?

The judging panel reads the nominated books and selects finalists from each category, to be announced in the summer.

HOW IS THE WINNER CHOSEN?

The judging panel selects one winner from amongst the finalists. Books are judged on literary excellence. No one, not even VCFA staff, learns who the Winner is until the evening of the Vermont Book Award Gala, which takes place in late September at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.

WHAT DOES THE AWARD ENTAIL?

The Winner of the Vermont Book Award receives a prize of $5,000 and a one-of-a-kind award statue crafted by a local artist. The winner is announced at the Vermont Book Award Gala, a celebratory evening of music, literature, and creative culture.

Contact:

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

Miciah@vcfa.edu


Nominating Committee of Independent Booksellers of Vermont

Bear Pond Books
Claire Benedict, Vermont Book Award Nominating Committee Chair
77 Main St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
802-229-0774
www.bearpondbooks.com

Phoenix Books
Tod Gross, Manager
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802-448-3350
www.phoenixbooks.biz

21 Essex Way
Essex, VT 05452
802-872-7111

Galaxy Bookshop
Andrea Jones and Sandy Scott
41 South Main St.
Hardwick, VT 05843
802-472-5533
www.galaxybookshop.com

Ebenezer Books
Jennifer (JJ) Indeliclae
2 Lower Main St.
Johnson, VT 05656
802-635-7472
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Northshire Books
Debbi Wraga
4869 Main Street
Manchester, VT 05255
802-362-2200
www.northshire.com

Bartleby’s Books and Music
Lisa Sullivan
17 West Main St.
Wilmington, VT 05363
802-464-5425
www.bartlebysvt.com