May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

May Sarton
May Sarton

The submission period for the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is now open.

With the success of our first three contests, 2011: Rebecca Givens Rolland for her collection The Wreck of Birds, 2012: Nils Michal for his collection,  Come Down to Earth, and David Koehn for his collection, Twine (available April 2014), we are pleased to begin accepting 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 partner UPNE (University Press of New England).

We are delighted that Gary Margolis will be our judge this year. We do not pre-screen; all manuscripts go to Gary.

We accept:

•  online manuscript submissions via (See Submittable for guidelines)

•  Paper (US Mail) submissions

Below are the submission guidelines – if you have any questions, please email us with “May Sarton Prize” in the subject line.

You may also download and print out a PDF of the guidelines here.

Submission guidelines:


  2. TITLE PAGE #1: TITLE ONLY! (This will go with your manuscript to the judge.)

  3. TITLE PAGE #2: TITLE, Name, Address, Email address, Phone number. (This will stay with our staff.)

  4. Please, no acknowledgments, biographical material, or dedication pages at this stage. A cover letter is not necessary.

  5. Manuscripts must be typed and paginated, 50 to 80 pages in length (single spaced). Single or double-sided manuscripts are acceptable.

  6. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. The manuscript must be the product of only one author.

  7. Any person who has studied poetry in a formal program with this year’s judge, Gary Margolis– 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.

  8. No illustrations, photographs or images should be included.

  9. The actual manuscript should include ONLY  the following:  TITLE PAGE #1,  TABLE OF CONTENTS,  POEMS.

  10. Send only one copy of your manuscript submission. Use only binder clips or rubber bands. No staples, folders, or printer-bound copies. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Please do not send your only copy.

  11. Please clip your entry fee of $25.00 to TITLE PAGE #2. Enclose a check or money order payable to Bauhan Publishing.

  12. For notification of winners, include a business-sized SASE. For acknowledgment of the receipt of your manuscript, include a stamped addressed postcard. Winners will be announced in the fall of 2015.

  13. Manuscripts must be postmarked on or before June 30, 2014. Please send as “Media Mail” and save yourself some money—manuscripts are included in the Media Mail postal regulations.

  14. Bauhan Publishing reserves the right to cancel the contest for any reason. In that unlikely event, all entry fees will be returned to contestants.

  15. Send manuscripts to:

May Sarton NH Prize

Bauhan Publishing

P.O. Box 117

Peterborough, NH 03458