The New M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction

by Debra Brown


O, thou incomparable nymph of dreams

From my heart love flows as from a stream

Eternal, constant, pure and true

Your radiant presence to bedew.

Carried away in Lethe’s arms

My thoughts fly thou-ward, laced with such charms

As will beguile thy very soul

And bind our spirits into one whole.


Then like the summer’s zephyr fair

Which sweeps caressing through thine hair,

And o’er earth’s bower bringst to bloom

Winter’s once entombêd womb

That far and near, the earth enflowers

With beauty all our laughing hours,

Thy twice lovely tender smile

Enflames my passions more the while.


Each thought of thine enchanting gaze

Kindles my longings into blaze

The which consume my every part,

And still more contrary, feed my heart,

Until I with passion near expire,

Yet still live I in tremulous desire.

                                                       …M.M. Bennetts in May 1812

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And so you see why M.M. must be remembered and why her work must be more widely known.

To that end, her family and friends from the English Historical Fiction Authors blog are reaching out to the literary and history worlds with the memorial M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction. We hope to give one award annually for the best historical novel published the previous year. On June 27, 2015 at the Denver Historical Novel Society lunch, the winner of the first $500 prize for a 2014 published book will be announced.

Currently we are accepting submissions at The final date to enter is January 31, 2015. Donations are also accepted on the website to establish this new institution to honor M.M. and one historical fiction author annually.


M.M. Bennetts novels, May 1812 and Of Honest Fame as well as the EHFA anthology she co-edited, Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors, are available at Amazon and other online stores.

1 comment

    • Deborah on January 5, 2015 at 6:03 am
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    What beautiful writing. She was incomparably talented. What a beautiful memorial to her memory.

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