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We host the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize annually which accepts previously unpublished poetry manuscripts from poets around the world and on any subject matter, as well as the Monadnock Essay Collection Prize for book-length collections of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 2017 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize.
DEADLINE: September 30, 2017
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 (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 $750, publication of their collection in the fall of 2018, and 50 free copies of the published book along with distribution with our other titles through our partner UPNE (University Press of New England). The cost for submission is $25 per manuscript, entrants may submit multiple manuscripts if they desire.
The judge for 2017 is journalist, essayist, and poet Andrew Merton. We do not pre-screen, all manuscripts will go directly to the judge. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2017 and the winner will be notified several months after that closing date.
1. Manuscripts must be typed, paginated, and 120-160 pages in length (single spaced) or 50,000-60,000 words. Single or double-sided 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 September 30, 2017. A winner will be announced roughly 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!