Sarton Women's Book Awards™: Application

Entry Deadline: November 16, 2017

The Sarton Women's Book Awards™ honors the best in women's memoirs and contemporary and historical fiction published during 2016-2017. The award is named in honor of May Sarton, who is remembered for her memoirs, novels, and poetry, and is sponsored by The Story Circle Network (SCN), an international nonprofit association of women writers.

Eligibility. Works published in North America during the eligibility timeframe (January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2017) are eligible. All submissions must be bound books, in their finished, reader-ready form. See the complete guidelines for further information.

Selection and Award. The final selection of the winner is made by professional librarians. Winners and finalists will be announced on the Story Circle Network websites and to its extensive email list. Winners will be invited to attend and be honored at Stories from the Heart, the biannual SCN National Conference, Austin TX. Winners also receive a cash prize of $150, a commemorative trophy, and a 12-month advertising package on SCN's websites, e-letters, and print publications. Finalists receive a personalized award and the advertising package.

Entry Fee. Early Bird Entry (through July 31, 2017): $90. Regular Entry (through November 16, 2017): $110. (All entries include a one-year membership in the Story Circle Network).


This application form must be completed online, with entry fee paid online or a check for the entry fee mailed to the address below. If you cannot submit online, please email for instructions. However, we would very much appreciate the online completion of the application form.

Applicant Information: (Fill this in if the applicant is not the author. If the applicant is the author, leave this section blank. If the submission is selected as a winner, the author will be notified.)
  • Name:
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Author Information: (all items required)
  • Name:
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  • Phone Number:
  • Street Address:
  • City:
  • State/Province: (select "n/a" for non-US, non-Canadian residents)
  • Zip Code:
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Book Information:
  • Title of Work:
  • Author of Work:
  • Category:
  • ISBN Number:
  • Month/Year of Publication:

Editor/Publisher Information: (works published by major publishing houses are not eligible)
  • Publisher:
  • Editor (if none, enter "n/a"):
  • Editor's Email (if none, enter "n/a"):
  • Publisher's website (if none, enter "n/a"):
    http://www.

Entry fee. The entry fee of $90 (includes a one-year membership in the Story Circle Network) may be paid online (instructions on next page, after the application form is submitted) or by mail, to the address below.
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Submission package. The submission package consists of the following required items:

  1. An entry fee of $90 (includes a one-year membership in the Story Circle Network) for each submission, paid online or by check mailed to
  2. Author questionnaire submitted
  3. A completed application form for each submission, submitted online. If you cannot submit online, please email for instructions.
  4. Three non-returnable copies of each submission, mailed to one of the addresses below:
    • Memoir and nonfiction:
      Sarton Women's Literary Awards Coordinator
      Susan Wittig Albert
      PO Box 1616
      Bertram TX 78605-1616

    • Fiction:
      Sarton Women's Literary Awards Coordinator
      Paula Stallings Yost
      690 PR 5860
      Yantis TX 75497-4557
The application must be completed, author questionnaire submitted, and payment received by November 16, 2017. Books must be postmarked no later than November 16, 2017. Submissions that do not meet these requirements are incomplete and ineligible for this year's competition but (if published in 2017) will be held for the 2018 competition. The entry fee for incomplete submissions will not be returned. A stamped self-addressed postcard may be included with the books if confirmation of receipt of complete package is desired.

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