The Sarton ~ The Gilda
The 2022 competitions are now open. Guidelines link below.
Story Circle Network is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Sarton and Gilda Women's Book Awards.
Sarton Award Winners
Memoir: Bless the Birds: Living with Love in a Time of Dying by Susan J Tweit (She Writes Press)
Contemporary Fiction: The Sound Between the Notes by Barbara Linn Probst (She Writes Press)
Historical Fiction: Vindicated: A Novel of Mary Shelley by Kathleen Williams Renk (Cuidono Press)
Nonfiction: The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women by Marita Golden (Mango)
Gilda Prize Winner
Act Like You're Having a Good Time by Michele Weldon (Northwestern University Press)
The Book of Awesome Girls: Why the Future Is Female by Becca Anderson (Mango)
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 five categories (memoir, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, 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 memoirs are distinguished by their fresh voices, their honesty, and their authenticity. They make us laugh (even when we want to cry).
Sarton 2021 Finalists
Bless the Birds: Living with Love in a Time of Dying by Susan J Tweit (She Writes Press) [winner]
America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility by Rajika Bhandari (She Writes Press)
Face, A Memoir by Marcia Meier (Saddle Road Press)
Loving before Loving: A Marriage in Black and White by Joan Steinau Lester (University of Wisconsin Press)
Probably Someday Cancer: Genetic Risk and Preventative Mastectomy by Kim Horner (University of North Texas Press)
Wait for God to Notice by Sari Fordham (Etruscan Press)
Word for Word: A Writer's Life by Laurie Lisle (Artemis Editions)
The Sound Between the Notes by Barbara Linn Probst (She Writes Press) [winner]
Face the Wind by Caren Werlinger (Corgyn Publishing)
A River for Gemma by Debra Whiting Alexander (Wild Rose Press)
Sinking Island by Cai Emmons (Red Hen Press)
A Winter Night by Anne Leigh Parrish (Unsolicited Press)
Vindicated by Kathleen Williams Renk (Cuidono Press) [winner] Blue Desert by Celia Jeffries (Rootstock Publishing)
Dovetails in Tall Grass by Samantha Specks (Spark Press)
Finding Napoleon by Margaret Rodenberg (She Writes Press)
The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women by Marita Golden (Mango) [winner]
The Book of Awesome Girls: Why the Future Is Female by Becca Anderson (Mango) [special recognition] Like a Tree: How Trees, Women & Tree People Can Save the Planetby Jean Shinoda Bolen (Conari Press)
The Girl Who Dared to Defy: Jane Street and the Rebel Maids of Denver by Jane Botkin (University of Oklahoma Press)
The Gilda 2021 Finalists
Act Like You're Having a Good Time by Michele Weldon (Northwestern University Press) [winner]
Gray Is the New Black by Dorothy Rice (Otis Books)
Nothing Special: The Mostly True, Sometimes Funny Tales of Two Sisters by Dianne Bilyak (Wesleyan University Press)
The Sarton and Gilda competitions are open to women authors whose work is 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. Entries from/about women of color and LBT+ women are welcome in all 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.
See previous winners here.
The 2022 competitions are now open.