Vermont Book Award

The Vermont Book Award is now housed at the Vermont Department of Libraries. Supported by a new partnership between Vermont College of Fine Arts, the Vermont Department of Libraries, and Vermont Humanities, the Vermont Book Award is an annual prize for outstanding literature by a Vermont author.

The 2022 Vermont Book Award winners will be announced on April 30, 2022, at a celebration hosted by Vermont Humanities. The 2022 awards honor books written by Vermont authors and published in 2021. Lovers of Vermont literature are welcome to join us at the celebration!

Please contact Miciah Gault (miciah.gault@vcfa.edu) with any questions regarding the Vermont Book Award.

Vermont Book Award FAQ
  • What is the Vermont Book Award?

Established in 2014 by Vermont College of Fine Arts, the Vermont Book Award is a literary prize that honors work of outstanding literary merit by Vermont authors and celebrates the long tradition of literature in the state.

  • 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 (currently, only books published in 2021 are being considered.) A “Vermont writer” is a writer who lives in Vermont for at least half the year. Self-published books are not eligible for the 2021 book award, nor are books written by staff of VCFA, the Vermont Department of Libraries, and Vermont Humanities. Anthologies containing work written by multiple authors are also not eligible.

  • Who nominates books?

A committee of librarians and independent booksellers of Vermont nominates books in three categories: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry.  Writing for children and young adults should be entered in the appropriate category; for instance, a middle grade novel should be entered as Fiction, and a book of poems for young adults should be entered as Poetry. Graphic literature should also be entered into the appropriate category; for example, a graphic memoir should be entered as Creative Nonfiction.

Nominations have closed for this award cycle.

  • Who are the judges?

Each year, the Vermont Book Award leadership team selects a panel of judges made up of Vermont writers, teachers, librarians, and passionate supporters of literature in Vermont. Staff members and trustees of leadership team organizations are not included in this independent panel of judges.

  • How are the finalists and the winner chosen?

The judging panel reads the nominated books and selects finalists from each category before deciding on winners.  The winners will be revealed at a spring celebration hosted by Vermont Humanities on April 30, 2022. Join us at this celebration!

  • What does the award entail?

The Winners of the Vermont Book Award receive a prize of $1,000. The winners are announced at a celebration hosted by Vermont Humanities in the spring.