The Sarton ~ The Gilda
Story Circle Network is pleased to announce
the winners of the 2022 Sarton and Gilda Women's Book Awards.
Sarton Award Winners
Memoir: Chasing Zebras by Margaret Nowaczyk (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers)
Contemporary Fiction: Blurred Fates by Anastasia Zadeik (She Writes Press)
Historical Fiction: Cora’s Kitchen by Kimberley Brown (Inanna Publications & Education)
Nonfiction: Manifesting Justice by Valena Beety (Kensington Publishing)
Gilda Prize Winner
Yes Again by Sallie H. Weissinger (She Writes Press)
See previous winners here.
The 2023 Women's Book Award contests are now open.
The Women's Book Awards are sponsored by the Story Circle Network, an international nonprofit association of women writers.
- The Sarton Awards are presented in six categories (memoir, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, young adult fiction, and middle-grade fiction). The award 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. Sarton memoirs, novels, and nonfiction books are distinguished by the compelling ways they honor the lives of women and girls and are limited to books published by independent authors and publishers.
- Gilda Prize: “It’s Always Something” is named in honor of comedian Gilda Radner. Gilda entries are distinguished by their fresh voices, their honesty, and their authenticity. They make us laugh (even when we want to cry).
The Sarton and Gilda competitions are open for nomination of books by women authors published in English in the United States and Canada. The awards are limited to submissions originally written in English and published by independent publishers, university presses, and author-publishers (self-publishing authors) with editorial offices headquartered in North America. Nominations of works from/about women of color and LBT+ women are welcome in all categories. Anyone, including the author, may nominate one or more books in multiple categories.
Professional librarians not affiliated with SCN select the winners from finalists chosen by first round jurors. Winners and finalists will be announced in April, 2022 via social media, on the Story Circle Network website, and to SCN’s extensive email list.
- Winners receive a cash prize of $100, a commemorative award, gold seals, and a virtual seal for their websites, as well as advertising in SCN’s eletters and website and a year’s membership in SCN. Winners are also invited to attend and be honored at Stories from the Heart, SCN’s national conference (virtual or onsite).
- Finalists receive silver seals and a virtual seal for their websites.