Big Snowy Prize

Big Snowy Prize


A contest for young writers

Starting in 2014, Montana Quarterly began handing out two prizes annually to young Montana writers (30 or younger), one in nonfiction and one in fiction.

Winners in each category receive $650 and publication in the summer issue of the magazine. Entries are now being accepted for the 2024 Big Snowy Prizes. Here are the details:

Who’s eligible? Anyone 30 or younger as of April 15, 2024, and a current or former Montana resident.

What are the rules? Send unpublished entries up to 3,500 words in a Word document to Show that you live or have lived in Montana. Previous winners are ineligible.

What’s the deadline? April 15, 2024.

How many entries? One per person, please.

You can download a copy of the 2024 rules here.

Past winners

2014: Laura Jean Schneider, fiction; Todd Burritt, nonfiction.

2015: Kelly McClorey, fiction; Joel Harris, nonfiction.

2016: KJ Kern, fiction; Tess Fahlgren, nonfiction.

2017: Holden Sieler, fiction; Nicholas Littman, nonfiction.

2018: Matt Stevenson, fiction; Madeline Hope-Rissman, nonfiction.

2019: Nick Pavelich, fiction; Chase Koenig, nonfiction.

2020: Christopher Munson, fiction; Rebecca Swanberg, nonfiction.

2021: Cody Wallace, fiction; Emma Swanson, nonfiction.

2022: Sam Dunnington, fiction; Margaret Grayson, nonfiction

2023: Stephen Brown, fiction; Loran Schneiter, nonfiction