Six Finalists For First Vermont Book Award Announced

Jun 25, 2015

The Vermont College of Fine Arts is hosting the first Vermont Book Award this year. Judges announced the six finalists in the running for the inaugural honor – and the $5,000 prize – Thursday.

The new prize was created to honor artists with deep connections to the state of Vermont, and to draw attention to a state so uniquely suited for creative enterprise. To be considered for the prize a book had to be penned by a Vermont author or take place in Vermont or be published by a Vermont press.

While there will only be one winner, books from the following categories are considered for the award: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and children’s literature. 

Judges looked at nearly 50 books to narrow down to the six finalists:

The winner will be announced in September.

The idea for the Vermont Book Award comes from Vermont College of Fine Arts president Tom Greene, says Miciah Bay Gault, the Vermont Book Award coordinator and VCFA’s director of MFA in writing and publishing.

“We have such a rich literary culture in Vermont. There should be a major literary prize as well,” says Bay Gault.   

Books were selected by a special nominating committee, made up of the Independent Booksellers of Vermont, and chaired by Claire Benedict of Bear Pond Books in Montpelier. Publishers could also nominate books.