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$30.00 USD

Deadline: June 30th!

Bauhan Publishing is accepting submissions for the 2021 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize.

  • With the success of our first ten contests, we are pleased to accept submissions for our next prize—in our eleventh year! We hope you will join one of these previous winners: Rebecca Givens Rolland for her collection The Wreck of Birds (2012), Nils Michal for his collection, Come Down to Earth (2013), 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), Dorsey Olbrich for her collection, Plunder (Spring 2020), and Alexa Doran for her collection, DM Me, Mother Darling (Spring 2021).

  • The winner receives $1000, book publication, and 50 copies of the published book, as well as distribution with our other spring titles through our distributor (Casemate IPM).

  • We are pleased to announce this year's judge, Meg Kearney, who won the 2020 Washington Prize for her collection All Morning the Crows. Meg Kearney’s most recent collection of poems for adults is The Ice Storm, a heroic crown published as a chapbook by Green Linen Press in 2020. Her most recent full-length collection of poems, Home By Now (Four Way Books 2009), was winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award; it was also a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. The title poem of Home By Now is included in Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems: American Places anthology (Viking Penguin 2011). Meg’s first collection of poetry, An Unkindness of Ravens, was published by BOA Editions Ltd. in 2001.

  • 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!)

Submission guidelines:


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, as a 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, Meg Kearney, 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 2021 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. 

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.


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

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.