2019 Sarton Women's Book Award Shortlist

The Story Circle Network is proud to announce the 2019 Shortlist for the Sarton Women's Book Awards. Books are listed (alphabetically) in four categories: Memoir, Contemporary Fiction, Historical 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, fiction, & nonfiction 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.

Four winners will be determined in a second round of judging and announced in April, 2020. Guidelines for the 2020 competition are here.

Memoir / Contemporary Fiction / Historical Fiction / Nonfiction


  • Notes from the Bottom of the World: A Life in Chile, by Suzanne Adam
  • Remembering Shanghai: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels, by Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao
  • Among the Maasai, by Juliet Cutler
  • When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew, by Hendrika de Vries
  • Where the Angels Lived, by Margaret McMullan

Contemporary Fiction

  • The Patron Saint of Lost Girls, by Maureen Aitken
  • Love is a Rebellious Bird, by Elayne Klasson
  • The Greek Persuasion, by Kimberly K. Robeson

Historical Fiction

  • The Swan Keeper, by Milana Marsenich
  • Shrug, by Lisa Braver Moss
  • What We Take for Truth, by Deborah Nedelman
  • Guesthouse for Ganesha, by Judith Teitelman


  • Voices from the Heartland, Vol. 2, edited by Sara N. Beam, Emily Dial-Driver, Rilla Askew, and Juliet Evusa
  • Black & Kiddo, by Brenda Clem Black
  • Esther Hobart Morris: The Unembellished Story of the Nation's First Female Judge, by Kathyrn Swim Cummings
  • For Dear Life: Women's Decriminalization and Human Rights in Focus, by Carol Jacobsen
  • Forever Seeing New Beauties: The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams, 1857-1907, by Eve M. Kahn

For information about the 2020 competition, click here