Sarton Literary Award

Sarton Women's Literary Award [11697225]

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.

  1. Memoir: So Many Africas
  2. Contemporary Fiction: Given to Susan Marsh, Jackson Wyoming, for her book War Creek.
  3. 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! 


Jill Kandel
  • Cam Leedahl
    Posted at 10:20h, 11 March Reply

    Congratulations, Jill! I am soooo pleased for you!

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 16:51h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you, Cam. Nice to hear from you!

  • Harold Ball
    Posted at 10:28h, 11 March Reply

    Pat & I send our Congratulations as well.
    All those years at Kalabo never anticipated this!!

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 16:51h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you, Pat & Harold! You are SO right. Who would have ever imagined! Love to you both.

  • Jan VanKooten
    Posted at 10:52h, 11 March Reply

    Woo-hoo! Proud of you AND proud to know you … have a wonderful time doing honored-author things in TX!

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 16:52h, 11 March Reply

      Jan! I think doing “honored-author things” sounds great. I will try to live up to that!

  • Willy van Zanten
    Posted at 11:06h, 11 March Reply

    Congratulations from the Netherlands, and also a bit from Kalabo! Kees and Willy.

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 16:54h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you, Kees and Willy. Nice to hear from the Netherlands!

  • Mary Scherf
    Posted at 11:09h, 11 March Reply

    Wonderful news and well-deserved.

  • Heather MacLaren Johnson
    Posted at 12:01h, 11 March Reply

    Congratulations Jill! Your book is glorious and your award well-deserved! I hope you have a fun and productive time in Austin promoting your book and receiving your award! Post pictures please!

  • Kim Larson
    Posted at 12:44h, 11 March Reply

    Congratulations, Jill. I’m so happy for you.

  • Beverly Armento
    Posted at 14:27h, 11 March Reply

    Congratulations, Jill! This is a great honor.

  • Diane McElwain
    Posted at 17:12h, 11 March Reply

    How exciting Jill! Congrats.

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 20:27h, 14 March Reply

      Thanks, Diane! Hope you are well and writing!

  • Donna Churchill
    Posted at 18:19h, 11 March Reply

    How exciting!! Congratulations, Jill!

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 20:28h, 14 March Reply

      Thank you, Donna. It’s been a fun week. I’m mostly happy for the doors it will open to new readers. 🙂

  • Elisa Anderson
    Posted at 00:13h, 12 March Reply

    Way to go Jill. I am so happy for you. Congratulations!!!

  • Anna-Marie
    Posted at 01:59h, 12 March Reply

    so thrilled for you Jill! Well done! Enjoy every second of this celebration!

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 08:01h, 12 March Reply

      Thank you, Anna-Marie! Nice to hear from you. 🙂 Maybe, we’ll get to see each other again, one day.

  • Sue Ellingson
    Posted at 07:57h, 12 March Reply

    Congratulations Jill! Now even more readers will connect with your book. It was a wonderful read for our book group.
    Sue Ellingson

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 08:01h, 12 March Reply

      Thank you, Sue. Your book club was great fun. I really did enjoy meeting everyone!

  • Deb Gallaway
    Posted at 09:58h, 14 March Reply

    Congratulations, Jill! This is well deserved, and will bring your book to the attention of many more readers–which will be to the benefit of those who have yet to discover your book and your work. I pray that you will have an opportunity to make some meaningful connections through this opportunity. Blessings to you.

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 20:27h, 14 March Reply

      Thank you, Deb. Sweet to hear from you! I hope you are well, too. A lot of the connections associated with the Sarton will be virtual. But those are great connections, too. Blessings!

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