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We host the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize annually which accepts previously unpublished poetry manuscripts from poets around the world and on any subject matter, as well as the Monadnock Essay Collection Prize for book-length collections of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.
Bauhan Publishing is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize.
DEADLINE : January 31, 2020
Bauhan Publishing is pleased to announce our second year of The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize. This prize will be awarded for a book-length collection (roughly 120-160 pages or 50,000-60,000 words) of nonfiction essays. These essays can take any form: personal essays, memoir in essay form, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel, historical account etc. as long as they have not been previously published as a collection.
Entrants can be from any country with the stipulations that the manuscript is in English and the author is willing to share in shipping costs for foreign delivery of books. The winner will receive $1,000, publication of their collection in the fall of 2020, and 50 free copies of the published book along with distribution with our other titles through our partner, Casemate IPM. The cost for submission is $25 per manuscript, entrants may submit multiple manuscripts if they desire.
The judge for 2020 is Aine Greaney. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2020 and the winner and finalists will be notified in the spring.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the contest, include “The Monadnock Prize” in the e-mail subject line. Below are our submission guidelines.
1. Manuscripts must be typed, paginated, and roughly 120-160 pages in length OR 50,000-80,000 words (these are general guidelines, we most likely will not turn away a manuscript based on length. If you are uncertain if your manuscript will qualify, reach out and let us know.) Single or double-sided printed manuscripts are acceptable.
YOUR NAME SHOULD NOT APPEAR IN THE MANUSCRIPT ITSELF OR ON THE TITLE PAGE.
2. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. The manuscript must be the product of only one author.
3. Please do not include acknowledgments, biographical material, or dedication pages at this stage. A cover letter is not necessary.
4. No illustrations, photographs, or images should be included.
5. The manuscript should ONLY include the following: Title page without author’s name, table of contents, and essays.
6. Any person who has studied in a formal program with this year's judge 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.
7. All submissions should be formatted in Word Doc or PDF.
8. Manuscripts must be received by January 31, 2020. A winner will be announced approximately two months later depending on the number of submissions. After the winner and runners-up are notified, the results will be published and all contestants emailed.
NOTE: PLEASE EXCLUDE YOUR NAME AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM THE DOCUMENT IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS YEAR'S PRIZE. WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION VIA SUBMITTABLE.
Bauhan Publishing reserves the right to cancel the contest for any reason. In that unlikely event, all entry fees will be returned to contestants.
GOOD LUCK and thank you for enabling us to continue providing these contests for the writing community!
Deadline: June 30th!
Bauhan Publishing is accepting submissions for the 2020 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize.
- With the success of our first nine contests, we are pleased to accept submissions for our next prize - in our tenth year! We hope you will join one of these previous winners: 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), Marilee Richards for her collection The Double Zero (Spring 2019), and Dorsey Olbrich for her collection, Plunder (Spring 2020)
- 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, poet Nils Michals, who won the prize in 2012. He is most recently the author of Gembox (The Word Works, 2019), which won the 2018 Washington Poetry Prize. Earlier collections of poetry include Lure (Pleiades, 2004) and Come Down to Earth (Bauhan, 2013), which won the 2012 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in [PANK], Catamaran Literary Reader, Beloit Poetry Journal, Miracle Monocle, Posit, and others. Michals teaches at West Valley College, where he helps direct the creative writing program and is faculty advisor for Voices Literary Magazine. He lives in Santa Cruz, CA.
- Below are the submission guidelines - if you have any questions, please email us with "May Sarton Prize" in the subject line.
- Multiples entries are accepted for $30 per entry. (We are sorry to put up the price $5.00. We kept it at $25 for nine years - while all other costs have risen!)
- TITLE PAGE WITH NO NAME
- 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.
- Manuscripts must be typed and paginated, we are looking for collections that are roughly 50 to 80 pages in length. PDF or Word Doc.
- Translations and self-published books are not eligible. The manuscript must be the product of only one author.
- Any person who has studied poetry in a formal program with this year's judge, Nils Michal, 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.
- No illustrations, photographs or images should be included.
- The actual manuscript should include ONLY the following: TITLE PAGE (with no name), TABLE OF CONTENTS, POEMS.
- The winner will be announced by October 2020 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. Please ensure that you can receive email from bauhanpublishing.com.
- Bauhan Publishing reserves the right to cancel the contest for any reason. In that unlikely event, all entry fees will be returned to contestants.
- GOOD LUCK!