Categories for 2013 Literary Prize Submissions

Sink or Swim

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

My doctor told me not to cry because it’s over, but instead to smile because it happened. My friends don’t... Read Story

Shelter Island

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Shelter Island Ann, Liam and I drove out Sunday morning early; there was no traffic. After getting off the Shelter... Read Story

Love In A Time Of Wine

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

The harvesting of the Sauvignon Blanc block had begun. September’s warm days remained and now the region’s tourism high-season was... Read Story

A Flawless Hitchhiker

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

A FLAWLESS HITCHHIKER As a senior citizen, Nicole would hitchhike from Northwest Woods to volunteer at the Montauk Senior Citizen... Read Story

Finders Keepers

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Finders Keepers Beth R. Barth 07-18-13 The Sag Harbor Express is spread over my dining room table. I’m reading every... Read Story

Mikaleech

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Kim Feliciano July 29, 2013 Dan’s Paper Essay “Mikaleech” I met him when I was nineteen. He walked into the... Read Story

The Summer Islands

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

The Summer Islands By Diane Strecker Thousands of years ago, beneath massive ice plates, the earth grinds and shifts and... Read Story

I Deal

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

The beach club where I’ve worked for the last 12 summers is centered on a one-road thin, one-mile long isthmus... Read Story

Papa and Muz

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

One of the most successful restaurants my grandparents had operated was Casa Basso, located in Westhampton, Long Island, a popular... Read Story

A Tahnksgiving Story

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

A Thanksgiving Story “Thanksgiving is not all about food,” lectured Sister Benedicta, pointing her authoritative index finger at me and... Read Story

The Mindful Ride

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

The Mindful Ride Eric J. Weiner 6:45 am The sound of two tires crushing fine rock and shell is overwhelmed... Read Story

Timeless

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Two years is but a breath in the human existence, yet well over a decade in the lifetime of a... Read Story

Trouble With Fred

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

“Watch out for Fred,” said the man behind the counter. “Who’s Fred,” I asked? “A swan. They’re very territorial,” he... Read Story

Shellfish License

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Shellfish License “Come to the Hamptons with us, my boyfriend has a share house.” My fun-loving cousin Sally said to... Read Story

Wreckless

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

WRECKLESS by Nannette Porco We were a young, married couple with three children in the late 60’s. Back then, we... Read Story

Main Street

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

The first day I met Suzanne and the rest of the girls I never thought that they would adhere so... Read Story

Sunday Funday

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

It’s 4:46 pm and now it’s time to make that decision whether or not I will do this. Normally I... Read Story

Crescent Moon Bay

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Crescent Moon Bay Today as the snow lightly cascades down unhampered by any wind, it melts along the pavement of... Read Story

The Eastern Carousel

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Near the end of the Island there stands an old carousel equipped with exuberantly lifeless horses, mockingly stationary lion benches,... Read Story

Gray Smoke

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Gray smoke By Maria E. Sandoval Burns I’m sitting on this old stool of metal and leather with my eternal... Read Story

Where’s Walden?

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

There are incredibly beautiful views here on the East End that seem to have remained unchanged for, well, forever. The... Read Story

Lobster Roll Blues

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Lobster Roll Blues E.N.J. Carter When I saw the ad in Dan’s Papers, I thought–perhaps unfairly–that this Best Writer on... Read Story

The Wharf

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

The Wharf JT’s Wharf was a small luncheonette that stood on the eastern side of Shinnecock Canal just before the... Read Story

Road Kill

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

“Road Kill” By Montgomery J. Granger Author of “Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay: A Memoir of a Citizen Warrior,” and... Read Story

Dust Bunnies

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

DUSTBUNNIES On a hot morning in early June, 1976, my best friend, Katy, and I met at the corner of... Read Story

Silence and Laughter

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Catherine was the good child: National Merit scholar; athlete; the child who’d unload the dishwasher without being asked. My brother... Read Story

East Yesterday

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

East Yesterday. It must have been about five years ago, just after the birth of my son. He was fast... Read Story

Oysterette

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

OYSTERETTE When I reflect upon my childhood, I am overwhelmed with wonder. I was so lucky to be raised by... Read Story

9 Shades of Crazy

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Deborah J Taranto 917-992-0459 9 Shades of Crazy (an except from my memoir) This year my mom celebrated her 94th... Read Story

You Again

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

My relationship with my mother improved greatly after she died. While she lived, there were a few outright gifts she... Read Story

Sunday Funday

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

It’s 4:46 pm and now it’s time to make that decision whether or not I will do this. Normally I... Read Story

Garden Of Love

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

THE GARDEN OF LOVE My story is a pattern and the poem I wrote this week exemplifies my emotions now... Read Story

At The Laudramat

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

At The Laundromat My kingsize quilt explodes through the rips in the black plastic bag as I twist and pull... Read Story

The Proposal

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

The Proposal The Blessing “It is our pleasure to give you our daughter’s hand in marriage. We look forward to... Read Story

Finding Home

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

FINDING HOME Once a year I visited my mother on the East End of Long Island. I never relished the... Read Story

Three Mile Harbor

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Three Mile Harbor, I’m under the sun It’s my little secret, I’m glad you could come Three Mile Harbor, I’m... Read Story

Traditions

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

The East End is enchanting. It’s like a siren that lures you in with its special song of sea, sun... Read Story

Miss Adventure

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Miss Adventure It was an August morning in 1974 when I glanced through my bay window watching the fog lift... Read Story

Our Beach

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

It’s just a stretch of sand and too many rocks connecting a dead end road with Little Peconic Bay in... Read Story

Anybody Home?

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Anybody Home? My mom died when she was 89. My dad went on to live another ten years, passing at... Read Story

Path CROSSings

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

Fifty years ago a bizarre event occurred in the cramped halls of Southampton Hospital. Quite simply a private moment was... Read Story

Little Woman

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

In the process of cleaning out my parents’ condominium about five years ago, my mother unearthed a doll from my... Read Story

Trout Pond

May 28, 2014 9:12 am Published by

It is mid August of 2007. I am pedaling my bicycle back to my grandparent’s house after a quick workout... Read Story