Short-Listed Sarton Literary Award

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The news just came out! So Many Africas has been short-listed by the May Sarton Liteary Awards committee. Check it out!

What does that mean? As simple as it sounds. Short-listed: to be put on a short list. 

The May Sarton Literary Awards are giving three awards this year. One in memoir, one in historical fiction, and one in contemporary fiction.

There are three books short-listed for the memoir. Here’s the scoop.

Congratulations to my two fellow short-listed memoir writers


The winners, in each genre, will be announced on April 15-17, 2016

at the Story Circle Network 8th Women’s Writing Conference in Austin, Texas

I first heard about this award through a librarian friend, Lila. Who, incidentally, was the same Lila who long ago helped me join my first ever writing club. Lila. Thank you dear friend! You continue to play a significant role in my writing life.

I know what it takes to write a book. I wish we all could win. Congratualtions all around! And thank you to everyone involved at Story Circle! 



Jill Kandel
  • Beverly Sondag
    Posted at 16:54h, 11 January Reply

    How exciting–good luck!!

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 08:26h, 12 January Reply

      Thanks. Bev!!

  • Linda Carlson
    Posted at 20:48h, 11 January Reply

    Congratulations Jill!! I am so proud of you! May God bless you on your author journey. It will be exciting to see what happens.

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 08:28h, 12 January Reply

      Hi Linda, thank you! The best thing about shortlists and awards is that more people might hear about the book. People don’t read what they don’t know! It’s great to see some more open doors.

  • Diane McElwain
    Posted at 07:45h, 12 January Reply


    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 08:28h, 12 January Reply

      Yes, it is. Thanks, Diane!

  • Kate Hartford
    Posted at 18:21h, 12 January Reply

    Any award you get is well-deserved, Jill! I hope you’ll be getting good news soon. Meanwhile, how do we nominate your librarian friend Lila for Hero Librarian of the Year?

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 09:42h, 13 January Reply

      I love it! Lila: Librarian of the Year! I did a little digging and found out that that award actually exists, believe it or not!! The nominations were due in November of 2015 for the coming year.
      Librarian of the Year!

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