Dan’s Literary Salon Moves to Southampton Arts Center

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Dan’s Papers is pleased to announce that the Dan’s Papers Literary Salons, which have been taking place monthly at the Southampton Inn over the winter, will now take place for the summer season monthly at Southampton Arts Center on Jobs Lane. The first salon will take place at 5 pm on Saturday, April 18 and at that time the public is invited to hear the essays of authors who have entered the Dan’s Papers Literary Prize competition and, afterwards, meet with them to discuss their work. Wine and cheese will be served.

“During the Gilded Age in Europe, people would hold Salons in their home inviting authors, musicians and artists to create their art for an audience. The Dan’s Papers Literary Salons are a revival of that,” says Dan Rattiner, founder, president and editor-in-chief of Dan’s Papers. “Guests will have the opportunity to hear authors read their own works and meet them as well.”

At the April 18 salon, James K. Phillips will read his Grand Prize-winning entry from the inaugural Literary Prize Competition in 2012, “Magic Shirts;” Jamie Bufalino will read his piece “100 Miles;” and Oliver Peterson will read “Camp Hero and the Montauk Project Mystery,” the 2014 New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest first place Feature Story from the June 6, 2014 issue of Dan’s Papers.

“We are so pleased that Dan’s Papers has chosen to host their Literary Salons at Southampton Arts Center as offering rich cultural programs, especially those that feature members of our community, is central to our mission,” Southampton Arts Center Director Michele Thompson says.

Future Salon Series readings will be held Saturday, May 16 and Saturday, June 13. The event will continue monthly through October, with additional dates to be announced soon.

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. One author may enter up to three works in each competition, at a cost of $25 per entry. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater in East Hampton on Thursday, September 3.

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 LiteraryPrize.DansPapers.com 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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