COLCHESTER, VT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 10/15/2009 -- Entries are now being accepted for the 21st annual Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., Literary Prize. The contest was established to memorialize the literary contributions of Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., one of Vermont's best known writers and historians, who died at the age of 70 in December 1987. The contest is sponsored by Green Mountain Power Corporation and Vermont Life magazine. Mr. Hill was a long time member of GMP's Board of Directors and the Vermont Life Editorial Board.
The Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., Literary Prize is now considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state's premier literary prizes. Entry for the prize, as in past years, may be an essay, short story, play or poetry. The focus of the literary work must be "Vermont -- Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values." It must be unpublished. The maximum length is 3,000 words. The winner will be selected on the basis of literary merit and suitability for publication in Vermont Life. The deadline for this year's contest is November 16, 2009.
A $1,500 cash prize is awarded annually to the winner, and the winning work will be published in a future issue of Vermont Life. The most recent winner was "The Paper Cutter" by Sherry Olson of Plainfield, Vermont.
The Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., Literary Prize Board of Judges consists of Mary Hegarty Nowlan, editor of Vermont Life; Tom Slayton, past editor of Vermont Life; Tony Marro, retired executive editor of Newsday; Alison Freeland, a 1994 winner of the Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., award for her story, "Shadbush"; Brian Vachon, retired vice president of communications at National Life of Vermont and a former Vermont Life editor; and Steve Terry, retired Green Mountain Power senior executive.
The contest is open to all residents of Vermont, including students enrolled in Vermont colleges and seasonal residents. Entrants may be professional writers as well as amateurs. Green Mountain Power employees and their immediate families are not eligible, nor is the immediate family of any member of Green Mountain Power's Board of Directors. Please send two copies of your entry to the Corporate Relations Department at Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446. Please provide entrant's name, address and phone on a separate sheet of paper. Do not mention the entrant's name on the entry itself.