Last Day for Submissions for the 2017 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Book Prize!
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This year’s judge is Jennifer Militello, author of A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press, 2016), and Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), Flinch of Song, and the chapbook Anchor Chain, Open Sail. Her poems have been widely published in such journals as American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares, among others. Militello teaches in the MFA program at New England College and lives in Goffstown, New Hampshire. This contest does not pre-screen manuscripts.
It costs $25 per manuscript to submit, this fee helps cover contest costs so we can continue to find and publish great poets!
2017 marks the seventh annual May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. Past winners include Louder than Hearts by Zeina Hashem Beck (selected by Betsy Sholl) Devil’s Paintbrush by Desirée Alvarez (selected by Mekeel McBride), Life of the Garment by Deborah Gorlin (selected by Gary Margolis), Twine by David Koehn (selected by Jeff Friedman) Come Down to Earth by Nils Michals (selected by Alice B. Fogel), and The Wreck of Birds by Rebecca Givens Rolland (selected by Walter Butts). Be sure to check out their winning collections.
2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize Winner
We are pleased to announce Zeina Hashem Beck as the winner of the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. Her collection Louder Than Hearts was published April, 2017. The judge was Betsy Sholl, former poet laureate of Maine and author of eight poetry collections, most recently Otherwise Unseeable (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), winner of the Four Lakes Prize and the 2014 Maine Book Award for Poetry.
The May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is named for May Sarton, the renowned novelist, memoirist, poet, and feminist (1912-1995) who lived for many years in Nelson, New Hampshire, not far from Peterborough, home of William L. Bauhan Publishing. In 1967, she approached Bauhan and asked him to publish her book of poetry, As Does New Hampshire. She wrote the collection to celebrate the bicentennial of Nelson, and dedicated it to the residents of the town.
May Sarton was a prolific writer of poetry, novels, and perhaps what she is best known for—nonfiction on growing older (Recovering: A Journal, Journal of Solitude, among others.) She considered herself a poet, first, though, and in honor of that and to celebrate the centenary of her birth in 2012, Sarah Bauhan, who inherited her father’s small publishing company, launched the prize.