“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.