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 17th year, welcomes new entries from high school students every year.

The formal call for entries will be made in Spring 2016.

A free Awards Ceremony will be held at The Mount in December 2016.

Students in grades 9-12 are eligible for the writing competition. Rising seniors (seniors who will have graduated in May of 2016), will still be eligible for the 2016 contest.

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

For more information, contact Abbie Wilson at 413-551-5110 or

The Edith Wharton Writing Competition is sponsored by:


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