COLCHESTER >> Entries are being accepted 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.

"We love that this contest inspires Vermonters to write about the wonderful state we live in," said Dorothy Schnure, spokesperson for Green Mountain Power. "GMP is committed to supporting communities, and we are thrilled that this contest encourages talented writers across the state."

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 "A Thousand Half Loves" by Nancy Kilgore, of Burlington.

Phil Jordan, editor and publisher of Vermont Magazine, noting that Nancy's story was about change taking place in Vermont, said "I look forward to reading the many wonderful submissions to this year's Vermont Writers' Prize competition."

The deadline for this year's Vermont Writers' Prize is November 1, 2016.


Send entries to Vermont Writers' Prize, c/o Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446 or 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 Entries must be unpublished and less than 1,500 words long.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 2017 edition of Vermont Magazine. The author will receive a cash prize of $1,500.

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

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