Categories for 2016 Emerging Writers Prize Submissions

East End Kisses

August 15, 2016 12:09 am Published by

What are kisses in places like Manhattan compared to kisses in the Hamptons? They usually being amongst the trees, on... Read Story

Sylvan Summers

August 15, 2016 12:00 am Published by

My parents bought our summer home here in the Springs in 1997, when I was two. They bought the cozy... Read Story

A Day in the Life

August 14, 2016 11:53 pm Published by

You wake up at 5:30 as the sun shoots through your screen, egged on by an orchestra of birds and... Read Story

The Amistad in Ninevah

August 14, 2016 11:39 pm Published by

  When I first saw the Freedom Schooner Amistad, I thought it was a pirate ship—a driftwood revenant, assembled by... Read Story

Rose Petals

August 14, 2016 11:29 pm Published by

            I found love last year. It began in March, in Hampton Bays. I found a sister to connect to.... Read Story

March back to the Hamptons

August 14, 2016 11:09 pm Published by

Under a blazing hot sun, thousands of prisoners of war, slowly walk with little hope to survive excruciating conditions, starvation... Read Story

Rented Memories

August 14, 2016 10:53 pm Published by

I was so young that I don’t even remember the first year my family began renting a house in Bridgehampton.... Read Story

A Summer Sunrise

August 14, 2016 9:55 pm Published by

Fear and icy water swirled around me, crippling me, seeping into my bones and making my body shudder. A wave... Read Story

Of Many Lands

August 14, 2016 9:12 pm Published by

  In the sixth grade we were assigned to write poems introducing ourselves and Where We’re From. I turned in... Read Story


August 14, 2016 9:09 pm Published by

  I was born in the water, an effortless passage of life. It was a relatively quick and uncomplicated event... Read Story

Busman’s Holiday

August 14, 2016 8:17 pm Published by

Toilsome Lane. On most summer mornings, driving down route twenty-seven, I’d take a left down that menacingly named street and... Read Story

The Benefit

August 14, 2016 4:55 pm Published by

Through a friend of a friend I managed to score an invitation to a charity benefit. Or maybe it was... Read Story

Opioid’s Only Solution

August 14, 2016 4:36 pm Published by

One day in 2008, Jordan Stierle was driving with his cousin and his cousin’s girlfriend to sell stolen videogames.  As... Read Story

A Love To Remember

August 13, 2016 11:48 pm Published by

It was four summers ago. I was in Montauk on vacation with my family and my best friend, Alyssa. As... Read Story


August 12, 2016 10:25 pm Published by

Moving to a new school and state can be challenging. As a daughter of the south, I assumed that there... Read Story

Wind-Swept Sands

August 12, 2016 7:29 pm Published by

I awoke one morning to a resounding rumble somewhere in the distance, somewhere down. At first, it sounded familiar –... Read Story

East End Impact

August 12, 2016 7:07 pm Published by

The Hamptons mean the world to me. For me, the East End of Long Island has been more than a... Read Story

Magic at the Market

August 12, 2016 12:24 am Published by

“Get up. Let’s go!” My Nana’s harsh vibrato reached my bed upstairs. I lay reluctant, ever so slightly rubbing my... Read Story

Town’s End

August 11, 2016 9:06 pm Published by

When the days are bright or dreary, I look upon the bay.     Deep blue, green or grey, the waters lap... Read Story

No Dogs Allowed

August 11, 2016 6:52 pm Published by

What is the world coming to? Not only are Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton the two nominees for the presidency... Read Story

Beach Magic

August 10, 2016 4:42 pm Published by

The tide is out, but there are still a lot of people at the beach. I’ll tell you why. It’s... Read Story

Summer Luv

August 8, 2016 2:10 pm Published by

Sometimes it’s just too easy to remember, because it’s too damn hard to forget. The cryptic cliffs that descend to... Read Story


August 1, 2016 3:09 pm Published by

I was born in the city. Never mind which one; for our purposes this city is like most others: independent... Read Story

This Boy, a Memorial

July 30, 2016 1:03 pm Published by

Spring again, and it’s time to return. Follow, this way. Truth is, you’re here more than once yearly. Time in... Read Story

Swimming Lessons

July 29, 2016 7:23 am Published by

Superman-T-Touch, Superman-T-Touch – eating every wave through the rhythms of swimming lessons – memorized, internalized, executed. Doggie-paddling in the sand,... Read Story

The Aftermath

July 18, 2016 6:05 pm Published by

The sky was an icy slate gray and the wind blew lightly over the frozen road as we struggled up... Read Story

The Lifeguard

June 5, 2016 7:40 pm Published by

“18 laps to go,” I hear from the dock while I’m covered in muck from the bottom of the lake.... Read Story

Why Are You a Citiot?

May 25, 2016 10:57 am Published by

Bring out the traffic control officers, open up Tory Burch, Hermès, and Coach – we’re only a few days away... Read Story