Perlman Music Program Joins Dan’s Papers Literary Prize

Itzhak Perlman
Itzhak Perlman

Top writers of nonfiction about the East End (and you could be among them, but more about that later) will be on display when the winners of the 2015 Dan’s Papers Literary Prize for Nonfiction are announced at the gala awards ceremony on September 3 at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater in East Hampton. And great music will now also be part of the fun as alumni of the esteemed Perlman Music Program, located on Shelter Island, will present an introductory concert to set the scene.

Founded by Toby Perlman, wife of celebrated violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Perlman Music Program is a highly respected summer intensive for string students seeking a world-class music education. “The Perlman Music Program calls Shelter Island home, and we are incredibly fortunate to be in a wonderful and supportive community that celebrates the arts in all of its forms,” says Katherine DeConti, Director of Development at Perlman Music Program. “We are honored to be part of this evening to recognize the talented writers who embody the spirit of the East End.”

Dan’s Papers Founder Dan Rattiner is looking forward to the event. “Dan’s Papers is proud to have the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island partnering with us to support the Dan’s Papers Literary Prize by offering a live performance of a Beethoven Piano Trio onstage by three of their alumni to kick off our Literary Prize award ceremony.” The event will also feature a keynote speech by Tom Wolfe and an inaugural address for our new Emerging Young Writers Prize by Jules Feiffer.

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 old and younger. All entries must be original works of nonfiction between 600 and 1,500 words, and they must reference 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 for a prize if permission is granted to the competition for use. Entries are being accepted until August 15, and will be judged by an independent panel that will include the chairman of a major publishing house, the chairman of an ad agency, a retired bookstore owner, an English professor, a graduate of Southampton College Writing Program and a major author.

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

Visit for official rules, to read 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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