The Sarton Memoir Award is sponsored by the Story Circle Network, an international nonprofit association of women lifewriters. It will be presented annually to the author of the best woman's memoir published in the United States and Canada. Entries will be judged by two panels. The first round of judging is conducted by a panel of SCN members, who will read and rank each entry. Their highest ranked entries will move on to a second round of judging by a panel of professional librarians across the country, who will select the winner.
This award is named in honor of May Sarton (1912-1995), distinguished American poet, novelist, and author of twelve memoirs and journals. Readers have found Sarton's memoirs and journals to be inspiring, moving, and thought-provoking. She explores such universally significant themes as friendship, love, and nature; feminism and sexuality; the search for fulfilling work and the need for recognition; illness and aging; and the desire for a harmonious, peaceful life.
The award is limited to submissions from small/independent publishers, university presses, and author-publishers (self-publishing authors).
Current and previous years' winners will be invited to attend and be honored at Stories from the Heart, the biannual SCN National Memoir Conference, Austin TX, in April of even-numbered years. Winners receive a cash prize of $300 and a commemorative trophy. Winners and finalists receive free advertising on SCN's websites and in our e-letters, and more.
Story Circle is now accepting submissions for the 2013 competition.
2011 Sarton Award winners:
- Leila Levinson, Austin TX: Gated Grief
- Jamie Patterson, Milwaukee WI: Lost Edens
For more details about the winners...
May Sarton's Words
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