11 Mar Sarton Literary Award
I got an unexpected phone call last night. From Texas. On the other end of the phone, a very soft voice, with a hint of a southern drawl, gave me some wonderful news.
So Many Africas has won the Sarton Literary Award!
Here’s a little background on the award and what winning it means …
The Sarton Literary Award
The Sarton Awards are sponsored by Story Circle Network, an international nonprofit community of women writers. Named in honor of May Sarton for her outstanding contributions to women’s literature as a memoirist, novelist, and poet.
The awards are given annually to female authors, published in the United States and Canada.
Three awards were given this year.
- Memoir: So Many Africas
- Contemporary Fiction: Given to Susan Marsh, Jackson Wyoming, for her book War Creek.
- Historical Fiction: Given to Barbara Stark-Nemon, Ann Arbor Michigan, for her book Even in Darkness.
Congratulations Susan and Barbara!
What it Means
The awards will be presented and celebrated at the Story Circle Network Women’s Writing Conference. Austin Texas. April 15th.
So, it looks like a trip to Texas is in the works! I’ll have the opportunity to read from my book, sign copies, and accept the award.
The Sarton Award comes with a lot of wonderful promotional opportunities which I am just starting to learn about.
This award will extend the ‘life’ of my book and make it visible to more readers. Because although I write for many reasons, one of the great joys of writing is to see people connect with my work. The more the merrier. I’m grateful.
And yes, a trip to Texas? Not a bonus that I’m going to mind at all!
Photo: Taken at Collegeville Institute for Writing. Celebrating writing with Women!