Bauhan Publishing is an independent Publisher in Peterborough, New Hampshire. We focus on New England regional books in the areas of history, art, nature studies, and poetry, as well as venturing into thoughtful books that explore sustainability of both the earth and the spirit.

We host the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize annually which accepts previously unpublished poetry manuscripts from poets around the world and on any subject matter, as well as the Monadnock Essay Collection Prize for book-length collections of nonfiction essays. The winners receive a cash prize and publication of their book. 

Deadline: June 30th!

Bauhan Publishing is accepting submissions for the 2019 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize.



  • With the success of our first eight contests, 2011: Rebecca Givens Rolland for her collection The Wreck of Birds, 2012: Nils Michal for his collection,  Come Down to Earth, David Koehn for his collection, Twine ( April 2014),  Deborah Gorlin for her collection Life of the Garment (April 2015), Desirée Alvarez for her collection, Devil's Paintbrush (March 2016), Zeina Hashem Beck for her collection Louder Than Hearts (Spring 2017), Jen Town for her collection All The Light We Cannot See (Spring 2018), and Marilee Richards for her collection The Double Zero (Spring 2019) we are pleased to accept submissions for our next prize.
  • The winner receives $1000, book publication, and 100 copies of the published book, as well as distribution with our other spring titles through our new distributor (Casemate IPM).
  • We are pleased to announce this year's judge will be poet Deb Gorlin. We do not pre-screen; all manuscripts go to the judge.
  • Below are the submission guidelines - if you have any questions, please email us with "May Sarton Prize" in the subject line.


Submission guidelines:



  1. TITLE PAGE WITH NO NAME
  2. Please, no acknowledgments, biographical material, or dedication pages in the manuscript. We will gather your name and contact information through your Submittable account, the manuscripts uploaded must be without identifying information for a blind judging.
  3. Manuscripts must be typed and paginated, we are looking for collections that are roughly 50 to 80 pages in length. PDF or Word Doc.
  4. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. The manuscript must be the product of only one author.
  5. Any person who has studied poetry in a formal program with this year's judge, Deborah Gorlin, through a college, university, community program, residency, or private tutorial—within the last two years is not eligible to submit a manuscript to this contest.
  6. No illustrations, photographs or images should be included.
  7. The actual manuscript should include ONLY the following:  TITLE PAGE (with no name), TABLE OF CONTENTS, POEMS.
  8. The winner will be announced by October 2019 publicly via press release, social media, and our website at Bauhan Publishing. We will notify the winner and finalists prior to the announcement, as well as email all contestants before publishing the results. 
  9. Bauhan Publishing reserves the right to cancel the contest for any reason. In that unlikely event, all entry fees will be returned to contestants.
  10. GOOD LUCK!


Please contact us at contest@bauhanpublishing.com with any questions. 

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