About

The Vermont Book 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
Vermont Book Award Coordinator
Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing 
[email protected]


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

Bridgeside Books
29 Stowe Street
Waterbury, VT 05676
802-244-1441
www.bridgesidebooks.com

Northshire Books
Debbi Wraga
4869 Main Street
Manchester, VT 05255
802-362-2200
www.northshire.com

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

Vermont Book Shop
1473, 38 Main Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
802-388-2061
www.vermontbookshop.com

Norwich Bookstore
291 S. Main Street
Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-1114
www.norwichbookstore.com