2015-2016 Sarton Women's Book Award Shortlist

The Story Circle Network is proud to announce the 2016 Shortlist for the Sarton Women's Book Awards. Books are listed (alphabetically) in five categories: Memoir, Biography, Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, & Young Adult Fiction.

The awards are sponsored by the Story Circle Network, an international nonprofit community of women writers. The program is named in honor of May Sarton, who is remembered for her outstanding contributions to women's literature as a memoirist, novelist, and poet. The awards are given annually to women authors writing chiefly about women in memoir, biography and fiction published in the United States and Canada and selected from works submitted. The awards are limited to submissions originally written in English and published by small/independent publishers, university presses, and author-publishers (self-publishing authors). The judging is conducted in two rounds. Professional librarians not affiliated with SCN select the winner and finalists. Previous winners of the award may be viewed here.

Five winners will be determined in a second round of judging and announced in April, 2017. Guidelines for the 2017 competition are here.

Memoir / Biography / Contemporary Fiction / Historical Fiction / Young Adult Fiction



The Space Between: A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life

Virginia A. Simpson

El Dorado Hills CA


She Writes Press


The Outskirts of Hope

Jo Ivester

Dallas TX


She Writes Press


Walking the Llano: A Texas Memoir of Place

Shelley Armitage

Las Cruces NM


University of Oklahoma Press


Elder Care Journey: A View from the Front Lines

Laura Katz Olson

Wind Gap PA


SUNY Press


Secondhand Scotch

Cathy Curran

Brick NJ


Ant Press



Lois Lenski: Storycatcher

Bobbie Malone

Madison WI


University of Oklahoma Press


Finding Dorothy Scott: Letters of a WASP Pilot

Sarah Byrn Rickman

Colorado Springs CO


Texas Tech University Press

Contemporary Fiction


A Drop in the Ocean: A Novel

Jenni Ogden

Great Barrier Island New Zealand

Contemporary Fiction

She Writes Press



Genanne Walsh

San Francisco CA

Contemporary Fiction

Black Lawrence Press


After the Dam

Amy Hassinger

Pasadena CA

Contemporary Fiction

Red Hen Press


Hidden Shadows

Linda Lucretia Shuler

Brownwood TX

Contemporary Fiction

Twilight Times Books


Fill the Sky

Katherine Sherbrooke

Cohasset MA

Contemporary Fiction

SixOneSeven Books


In the Context of Love

Linda K. Sienkiewicz

Rochester MI

Contemporary Fiction

BuddhaPuss Ink, LLC


Original Cyn

Sylvia Dickey Smith

Georgetown TX

Contemporary Fiction

White Bird Publications

Historical Fiction


An Address in Amsterdam

Mary Dingee Fillmore

Burlington VT

Historical Fiction

She Writes Press


Eliza Waite

Ashley E. Sweeney

La Conner WA

Historical Fiction

She Writes Press


American Tumbleweeds

Marta Elva

Matlacha FL

Historical Fiction

Circling Rivers


What Gold Buys: A Silver Rush Mystery

Ann Parker

Livermore CA

Historical Fiction

Poisoned Pen Press


Lum: A Novel

Libby Ware

Atlanta GA

Historical Fiction

She Writes Press

Young Adult Fiction


Soldier Sister, Fly Home

Nancy Bo Flood

Glenwood Springs CO

Young Adult Fiction

Charlesbridge Publishing


The Stone Collection

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

Neyaashiinigmiing ON CANADA

Young Adult Fiction

HighWater Press


Teresa of the New World

Sharman Apt Russell

Gila NM

Young Adult Fiction

Yucca Publishers


Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town

Leslie Tall Manning

New Bern NC

Young Adult Fiction




B. Lynn Goodwin

Danville CA

Young Adult Fiction

Eternal Press

For information about the 2016-2017 competition, click here