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Deadline nears for Vermont Writers’ Prize submissions

The Nov. 1 deadline is approaching for the Vermont Writers’ Prize, an annual competition sponsored by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine that provides an opportunity for Vermont writers to showcase their talent.

“Entries are already coming in for this year’s prize,” said Dorothy Schnure, corporate spokesperson for Green Mountain Power. “We are always amazed by the incredible stories, poems and essays that show how Vermonters feel about this great state. We are so pleased that the Vermont Writers’ Prize inspires such creativity.”

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. The most recent winner was “An Empire at Twilight,” by Michael Nethercott of Guilford, Vermont.

Phil Jordan, editor and publisher of Vermont Magazine, said, “It’s an honor publishing the winning entry, as well as entries that were strong contenders. Our readers greatly enjoy these well-crafted insights into Vermont, its people, its places and its history.

Submissions need to be essays, short stories or poems on the theme of “Vermont–Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” Entries must be unpublished and less than 1,500 words long.

More detailed submission instructions are available at and at

The winning entry will be selected by an independent panel of judges, and will be published in a special section of the March/April 2015 issue of Vermont Magazine. The author will receive a cash prize of $1,500.

Send entries to Vermont Writers’ Prize, c/o Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446.

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

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