The Edith Wharton Writing Competition

The Edith Wharton Writing Competition

“The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing…” -Edith Wharton

Each year The Mount honors Edith Wharton’s remarkable literary legacy by recognizing the talent of emerging young writers in her beloved Berkshire region.

Edith Wharton’s professional writing career began at a young age; she was only sixteen years old when her first poem appeared in print in the influential Atlantic Monthly magazine.  Over the course of the next half-century, Wharton published more than forty books and contributed numerous essays, articles, poems and pieces of war correspondence to many of the nation’s leading literary magazines.  Wharton became one of the best-selling authors of her generation and the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Edith Wharton Writing Competition, now in its 15th year, welcomes new entries from high school students every winter and awards are made each April.

December – Competition opens.
Early March – Submission deadline.
Early April – Winners announced.
Late April – Award ceremony at The Mount.

We are delighted to announce this year’s Edith Wharton Writing Competition has drawn a record number of entries: 150 fiction and poetry pieces!  Our esteemed judges will now review each entry carefully and we’ll announce the winners in mid-April.

A free Awards Ceremony will be held at The Mount on Sunday, April 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  All participants are invited to attend with their family, friends, and teachers.  Winning writers and poets will be invited to read their work.

Thanks to everyone who entered, and the teachers and parents who support efforts of all young writers!

For more information, contact Kelsey Mullen at 413-551-5110 or

The Edith Wharton Writing Competition is sponsored by:

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