Hunger Mountain: the VCFA Journal of the Arts is both a print publication and an online destination for readers, writers, artists, and art lovers. Our mission is to cultivate engagement with and conversation about the arts by publishing high-quality, innovative literary and visual art by both established and emerging artists, and by offering opportunities for interactivity and discourse.
Hunger Mountain's annual print issue showcases the very best new poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Past contributors include: Pinckney Benedict, Ron Carlson, Hayden Carruth, Matthew Dickman, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Terrance Hayes, Alice Hoffman, Maxine Kumin, Dorianne Laux, Bret Lott, Michael Martone, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tomaž Šalamun, Charles Simic, James Tate, and Jean Valentine.
Hunger Mountain online provides an arena for young adult and children's writing, writing for stage and screen, and video and web-based visual art in addition to poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and interviews. Our new arts website allows us to honor the ever-expanding artistic spectrum, and bring more art to more people more often. The web format also allows us to invite our readers into a conversation about the art we publish.
Hunger Mountain publishes art that shows vision, intent, craft, and an ability to transport the viewer/reader into the world of the artist. We believe in the arts as essential keeper and conveyer of culture and history, as well as the best vehicle for understanding, developing, and deepening our humanity.
Hunger Mountain holds four contests annually: the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize (deadline June 30th), the Ruth Stone Prize in Poetry (deadline December 10th), the Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize (deadline September 10th), and the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing (deadline June 30th). For guidelines, go to www.hungermtn.org.
“I see a huge cultural shift happening right now—most obviously in the political sphere. But I also think a transformation is going on in our homes; as we struggle with the effects of a troubled economy, we find ourselves turning away from old values. We’re moving away from consumerism and looking for new ways to satisfy our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual cravings. In the end, I think the arts can provide what’s missing in us. The arts stimulate our senses, engage our intellects, and fulfill our desire for connection with others. I strongly believe in the value of stories, poetry, and art not just for the enjoyment of individuals, but for the health and well-being of societies.”
— Miciah Bay Gault, Managing Editor, Hunger Mountain
Please visit the Hunger Mountain website at www.hungermtn.org.