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Dan’s Literary Prize Adds Judges’ Choice Awards

Dan’s Papers is pleased to announce that this year’s Dan’s Papers Literary Prize awards ceremony at the John Drew Theater on September 3 will include for the first time three brand new Judges’ Choice Awards. These will be presented to three entrants in the Dan’s Papers Literary Prize competitions who have not won First Place or Runner Up awards, but have nevertheless been deemed by the judges to be of considerable merit. “In the past three years, judges have each had personal favorite essays that didn’t win because others didn’t agree. This year, we are instituting three Judges’ Choice awards per category to recognize these individual favorites,” says Dan Rattiner, founder, president and editor-in-chief of Dan’s Papers.

The independent panel of judges includes the chairman of a major publishing house, the chairman of an ad agency, a retired bookstore owner, a college English professor and a major author.

About Dan’s Papers Literary Prize for Nonfiction
Created in 2012, the Dan’s Papers Literary Prize for Nonfiction celebrates the deep connection between writers and the East End of Long Island, with prizes totaling $10,000 for 2015. The Dan’s Papers $6,000 Literary Prize for Nonfiction is open to writers of all ages. New this year, the $4,000 Emerging Young Writers Prize for Nonfiction is open to authors 25 years and younger. All entries must be an original work of nonfiction between 600 and 1,500 words, and they must include references to the East End of Long Island in a meaningful way. Poetry is not accepted. Entries may be an excerpt from a previously published work, but can only be considered as an entry if permission is granted to the competition for its use. Entries are accepted through August 15, 2015. One author may enter up to three works in each competition, at a cost of $25 per entry. Winners will be announced during a ceremony at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater in East Hampton on Thursday, September 3 at 4 p.m.

Major funding is provided by Barnes & Noble. Sponsorships are provided by Southampton Inn, Bridgehampton National Bank, Guernsey’s Auction, Ben Krupinski Builders, Bobby Van’s and Sotto Sopra. Support for the Emerging Writers competition is provided by Alec Baldwin.

Visit for official rules, to view past entries and to enter both the Dan’s Papers $6,000 Literary Prize for Nonfiction and the Dan’s Papers $4,000 Emerging Young Writers Prize for Nonfiction.

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