2018 Sarton Women's Book Award Shortlist

The Story Circle Network is proud to announce the 2018 Shortlist for the Sarton Women's Book Awards. Books are listed (alphabetically) in five categories: Memoir, Biography, Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, & Young Adult Fiction/Nonfiction.

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, 2019. Guidelines for the 2019 competition are here.

Memoir / Nonfiction / Contemporary Fiction / Historical Fiction / Young Adult Fiction/Nonfiction


  • Not a Poster Child: Living Well with a Disability—A Memoir, by Francine Falk-Allen
  • Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago, by Linda Gartz
  • Saving Bobby: Heroes and Heroin in One Small Community, by Renee Hodges
  • Finding Mercy in This World, by Catherine Johnson
  • Daughter in Retrograde: A Memoir, by Courtney Kersten
  • To Play Again: A Memoir of Musical Survival, by Carol Rosenberger


  • The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian Legend, by Nicole Evelina
  • Anything that Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet, by Terese Svoboda

Contemporary Fiction

  • Gina in the Floating World: A Novel, by Belle Brett
  • Quarry, by Catherine Graham
  • Once Upon a Time a Sparrow, by Mary Avery Kabrich
  • When the Stars Sang, by Caren J. Werlinger

Historical Fiction

  • Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories, by Marcia Fine
  • The River by Starlight: A Novel, by Ellen Notbohm
  • Celtic Knot: A Clara Swift Tale, by Ann Shortell
  • The Passion of Marta, by Caren Umbarger
  • The Mercy Seat, by Elizabeth H. Winthrop

Young Adult Fiction/Nonfiction

  • BJ Erickson: WASP Pilot, by Sarah Rickman

For information about the 2019 competition, click here