Dan’s Papers has showcased artists on the cover of its publication for the last 25 years. Now, Dan’s Papers is also showcasing writers. Currently accepting submissions for a $6,000 Literary Prize for Nonfiction, this is the first literary prize to be offered on the Eastern End of Long Island for nonfiction.
On Saturday, August 25, 2012, from 4 to 6 p.m., Dan’s Papers will be holding an awards ceremony at the John Drew Theatre of Guild Hall in East Hampton for the winner and the two runners-up of the contest. The winner will receive a prize of $5,000 while each runner up will receive a prize of $500. While announcing the Prize, the winning entries will be read aloud to those attending the ceremony.
On a special note, author Robert Caro, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and the National Book Award, will be Honorary Chair of the Dan’s Papers Prize.
For a $20 entry fee, writers get a chance to showcase their talent. Basic requirements include a double-spaced digital submission through Microsoft Word or another Word -compatible format entered no later than July 31, 2012.
Contestants can enter up to three original submissions that reference Eastern Long Island in a meaningful way. All submissions should be written in prose, from 600 to 1500 words. This includes any sort of nonfiction writing, such as autobiographical content, biographical content, account of a day, opinion, history, profile of a person or institution, memoir, essay or humor. Poetry will not be accepted.
The work may be previously published, however it can only be considered as an entry if permission is granted to the competition for use. Please note that the work of the deceased, the work of an anonymous writer, or the work of a Dan’s Papers employee will not be eligible.
Contestants should be aware that all works submitted will remain the sole property of the writer or their agents. However, upon submission, writers are granting Dan’s Papers permission to publish their work in Dan’s Papers or at www.danshamptons.com. These pieces, if printed, will become a permanent part of the Dan’s Papers archives, its website, and its affiliates. These submissions may also reappear in retrospective issues, and on the website’s archive.
Dan’s Papers plans to publish some of the best entries both online at www.danshamptons.com and in the paper to promote the prize during the 16 weeks of the competition. Those published will receive a $50 honorarium. At the end of the competition, these and other semi-finalists will be chosen to comprise the 2012 Dan’s Papers Literary Journal.
If interested in submitting a nonfiction piece, please visit danshamptons.com/literaryprize. Submissions can be sent until July 31, 2012. Only online submissions will be accepted.