The deadline for 2016 Dan’s Papers Literary Prize for Nonfiction submissions has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 14!
That’s two more days to get a chance at $10,000 in prize money from both the Dan’s Papers Literary Prize for Nonfiction, including a $5,000 grand prize, and the Dan’s Papers Emerging Young Writers Prize for Nonfiction, which has a $3,000 grand prize for writers age 25 and younger. Both contests also have two $500 prizes for the runners up.
Now for the rules:
Entries must all be prose. No poetry, please.
There is a $25 fee per submission to enter the Dan’s Papers Literary Prize. Individuals may enter up to 3 submissions in each competition, if eligible.
All entries must be submitted digitally via the submission form in the “Enter” section of DansLitPrize.com. Copy and paste from your word processing program into the field provided on the submission form. The form will automatically detect how many words are present.
Each work must be between 600 and 1,500 words and can be any sort of nonfiction, including autobiography, biography, account of a day, opinion, history, profile of a person or institution, memoir, essay or humor. It 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.
The works must reference, in some meaningful way, eastern Long Island.
All works submitted will remain the property of the writer or their agents. However, writers submitting to win the Dan’s Papers $6,000 Literary Prize for Nonfiction grant Dan’s Papers the right to publish the submissions in Dan’s Papers and any of its publications, on DansPapers.com and its digital affiliates, understanding that the pieces will become part of the permanent archive of Dan’s Papers, its websites and its affiliates and may reappear in retrospective issues and in digital archives, and that in submitting each writer agrees to their pieces’ use in such ways.
The work of deceased writers will not be eligible. Entries by anonymous writers will not be eligible. Works by employees of Dan’s Papers and Manhattan Media will not be eligible. Works of poetry will not be eligible. All entrants must attest to the originality of the work submitted.
Winners will be determined by an independent panel of judges. One first-place award and two second-place awards will be given in each contest.
Dan’s Papers reserves the right to publish select entries, as determined by the editors, in Dan’s Papers and online at DansPapers.com, together with an author biography and thumbnail photo, as promotion for the prize throughout the duration of the submission period. Such publication and usage in no way relates to the judging process nor implies that an entry has won any award.
All contestants grant Dan’s Papers the right to publish any entries to the Dan’s Papers Literary Prize for Nonfiction in forthcoming digital and print collections including but not limited to the 2016 DAN’S HAMPTONS REVIEW literary journal.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater in East Hampton on Thursday, September 1. Major funding is provided by Barnes & Noble. Sponsorships are provided by Bridgehampton National Bank, Ben Krupinski Builders and Montauk Rumrunners. Support for the Emerging Young Writers Prize is provided by Alec Baldwin.
Visit DansLitPrize.com to enter the Dan’s Papers $6,000 Literary Prize for Nonfiction or the Dan’s Papers $4,000 Emerging Young Writers Prize for Nonfiction.
Just make sure to get your writing in before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 14. Good luck!