Hunger Mountain

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Hunger Mountain is both a print and online journal of the arts. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, young adult and children’s writing, and literary odds and ends. Our print issue comes out annually in the early spring, and our online content changes on a regular basis. 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.

Social Media Platforms Used
Twitter and Facebook
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
Vermont College of Fine Arts
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Miciah Bay Gault
Contact Title
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation
Recent Awards Received
New Stories from the Midwest 2012. "Notable" in Best American Stories, Essays, Nonrequired Reading 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Representative Authors
Michael Martone, Matthew Dickman, Mark Doty
Submissions Policy
Refer to submission guidelines at
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
3 - 7 months
Author Payments
cash, copies
Four annual contests: fiction, poetry, CNF, Young Adult and Children's Literature. See website for guidelines.
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Average Print Run
Total Circulation
Paid Subscriptions
Single Copy Price
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
7 - 10
Average Number Of Pages
Miciah Bay Gault
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I studied fiction in the MFA program at Syracuse University, and I worked on the literary magazine there. When I moved to Montpelier, Vermont I knew I wanted to work at Vermont College of Fine Arts--this gorgeous little college up on a hill that focu
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
I'm the only paid employee, but I have an extensive staff of dedicated, talented editors, assistant editors, and manuscript readers. We have at least one editor and in most cases one or more assistant editor for each section of our magazine: Fiction,
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Cover letters should be brief and to-the-point. I wouldn't try to be funny or chummy. I would mention past publications, but usually no more than three or four. If you have a connection to the magazine, to one of our editors, or to Vermont College of
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
We prefer to receive submissions online through Submittable. Our staff lives all over the country, so processing surface mail submissions is a lot of work for us. Each submission is read by at least two manuscript readers, who vote yes, no, or maybe.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
We look for something we haven't seen before. A fresh perspective. An arresting storyline. Exciting language. Ultimately, we look for work that stays with us long after we've finished reading the manuscript.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
You should know: we love the slush pile. We're just waiting to discover a breathtaking story or poem or essay in that pile. It doesn't matter to us if you've never been published before. We just want to be transported by your work.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
I wrote about how much I love the slush pile here: