Categories for 2016 Literary Prize Submissions

Who Is Ms. East?

August 14, 2016 11:59 pm Published by

May I dare ask thee: “Who are you, Ms. East?” “How did you come to be, Ms. East?”   “What... Read Story

Foots’ Life Mattered

August 14, 2016 11:54 pm Published by

SOUTHAMPTON / 1640 – 1969   “The Queen of American Watering Places…A perfect modern residential community and vacation-land rich in... Read Story

Magic In The Water

August 14, 2016 11:53 pm Published by

Autumn on Long Island is cloudy and quiet. Warm and washed away. Everything is damp: the splintered wood of the... Read Story

The Transition

August 14, 2016 11:52 pm Published by

As a Navy pilot for most of my adult life, I have flown over the Hamptons on numerous occasions but... Read Story

Shelter Island Safe

August 14, 2016 11:39 pm Published by

Shelter Island gave me confidence and security in the way that only bare feet, unlocked doors, and unsupervised free play... Read Story

March back to the Hamptons

August 14, 2016 11:11 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

Finagle’s Law

August 14, 2016 11:04 pm Published by

Finagle’s Law   Like most folks, I’d never heard of “Finagle’s Law” before I learned the hard way that it’s... Read Story

Unhamper our Hamptons

August 14, 2016 10:19 pm Published by

Unhamper our Hamptons is my underlying mantra. Understand me, it is not a complaint, yet, an undertaking. Signage overload is... Read Story

Walking Dunes

August 14, 2016 10:18 pm Published by

Moments into East Hampton Middle School’s August 1997 Orientation for Grade 6 & All New Students, my parents and I ascend... Read Story

The Ocean’s Rules

August 14, 2016 9:14 pm Published by

Everyone has a different reason to flock to water’s edge. Your need to be near the ocean changes like the... Read Story


August 14, 2016 8:35 pm Published by

It was Tuesday morning, not yet 10 AM. I was on the phone.  It’s funny – more than two and... Read Story

Endless Love

August 14, 2016 8:29 pm Published by

My father loved the Hamptons. One tranquil spot nestled between East Hampton and Amagansett in particular. Set back off a... Read Story

Lobster Special

August 14, 2016 8:18 pm Published by

“What do you want for dinner?” My dad asks this of me daily whenever I’m out East for a visit.... Read Story

The Piano Lesson

August 14, 2016 8:16 pm Published by

  Bright dappled sunlight flooded the music room. White colonial shutters on open windows framed an unobstructed waterfront view overlooking... Read Story

Tide Lines

August 14, 2016 7:55 pm Published by

The low grumble of our engine mingled with the herons’ melodic warble. Inside the boat, we were quiet. A foot... Read Story

And So It Goes!

August 14, 2016 7:52 pm Published by

That August 22 was their eighteenth wedding anniversary.  They had a lot to celebrate. It was their third wedding anniversary... Read Story

Stan the Man

August 14, 2016 7:42 pm Published by

I live in Montauk because my parents fell in love with this place 45 years ago. They were looking for... Read Story

Facing Facts

August 14, 2016 7:29 pm Published by

Over twenty-five years ago, I met and fell in love with the man who would become my husband and father... Read Story


August 14, 2016 6:41 pm Published by

As a Russian émigré visiting Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor knowing who established American Ballet and who said: “By blood... Read Story

Facing the Water

August 14, 2016 6:27 pm Published by

  The pay stub was for 168.72 cents. It was lying near the futon he slept on, a good 15 feet... Read Story

Behind the Gates

August 14, 2016 5:30 pm Published by

Since I was a child, I remember the many Sunday drives my family would take out to the east end... Read Story

Buds and Vines

August 14, 2016 4:56 pm Published by

We are married now—although last year at this time, we weren’t. We have a picnic, consisting of North Fork smoked... Read Story

A Dune Road Life

August 14, 2016 3:36 pm Published by

My earliest memory of Dune Road was fear of its proximity to the sea, unseen, just over the dunes. Looking... Read Story

Town Harbor

August 14, 2016 3:35 pm Published by

My tall son tells me the official term for a group of jellyfish is a smack. A pod of dolphins,... Read Story

Diamond in the Sand

August 14, 2016 3:15 pm Published by

       His tragic death affected me more than it really should have.  I didn’t know him, or anything about... Read Story

Ride Along

August 14, 2016 2:31 pm Published by

As I see it life is just one big ride along. The vehicle we choose determines our destiny perhaps just... Read Story

Comin’ About!  

August 14, 2016 2:25 pm Published by

“Ladies and gents of the jury…  we’re here to indict the captain and his mate for abandonment, and the folly... Read Story


August 14, 2016 2:03 pm Published by

  Daybreak. Sun rising. Sea rolling in, dashing out. Sand clumping between my toes. Smooth breeze blowing. Time to say... Read Story

Shinnecock Dynasty

August 14, 2016 1:37 pm Published by

I did not realize I was in the presence of royalty when my mother introduced me to Princess Nowanda of... Read Story

One Golden Moment

August 14, 2016 12:08 pm Published by

  A lot of speculation has made about the unique and treasured light of the beautiful enclave we call the... Read Story

The White Gate

August 14, 2016 11:42 am Published by

It’s no longer in the family but every once in a while I find myself taking a ride by the... Read Story

All the Feels

August 14, 2016 12:36 am Published by

It smelled like vanilla cream and fish parts. The minute the car doors opened, heat and sunlight flooded our bodies,... Read Story

Sag Harbor Summer

August 13, 2016 11:38 pm Published by

It was the 80’s. The era of excess. Good music, big hair, short shorts, baggy shirts, rubber bracelets… the list... Read Story

Family Camps

August 13, 2016 6:35 pm Published by

July 4th, 1961 I am a tubby, towheaded, seven-year-old girl perched on the edge of a wooden float on Great... Read Story

Garden in a bowl

August 13, 2016 6:28 pm Published by

Late July is Gazpacho season on eastern Long Island.  Farms and gardens are full of the essential ingredients: crisp cucumbers,... Read Story

The Seabird’s Cry

August 13, 2016 5:35 pm Published by

The morning rain had stopped. Pools of quiet water covered broad swaths of road winding to the town dump. I... Read Story

Bridge to Tokyo

August 13, 2016 5:09 pm Published by

Sag Harbor, a Hamptons village where you can still feel the breath of the old whaling town it used to... Read Story

The Stallion

August 13, 2016 8:22 am Published by

The pills were red. And I had long since promised to never go higher than the trees. But the vibe... Read Story

B.E.A.s on the Bay

August 12, 2016 6:24 pm Published by

For most of the seventies, my parents, Bev and Erik, drove to their buddy’s bungalow on the bay for a... Read Story


August 12, 2016 4:44 pm Published by

In the beginning, I was a summer girl. Barefoot and blueberry lipped I sang my way through soft dunes and... Read Story

Smug Lilies

August 12, 2016 3:57 pm Published by

Like most people and their dreams, I abandoned mine. Although I once nearly succeeded in convincing the entire eighth grade... Read Story

On “Golden” Pond

August 12, 2016 3:34 pm Published by

Glitter and gold—so some gifts come wrapped. Artfully dressed to impress on the outside, declaring a king’s ransom on the... Read Story

Rarefied Air

August 12, 2016 2:31 pm Published by

The excitement builds even before we exit off Montauk Highway at Town Pond. We lower the windows the better to... Read Story

When I Grew Up

August 12, 2016 12:15 pm Published by

Wednesday afternoon I am driving home from another meeting, the same I have every week, down the same road home.... Read Story

A Few Words For Peace

August 12, 2016 12:01 pm Published by

In this election year it is of paramount importance that the torch is passed peacefully to the next White House... Read Story

Long Island Longing

August 12, 2016 10:19 am Published by

“My parents moved the family to Staten Island just a month after I was born,” my co-worker Frank was telling... Read Story

Bringing in the Net

August 12, 2016 9:02 am Published by

Here on the Eastern End of Long Island lies a small town called Quogue. In the past scholars and others... Read Story

Loser on the bay?

August 12, 2016 7:34 am Published by

Loser? Last year, I entered the Dan’s Papers literary contest and no, I wasn’t one of the winners, (surprise!). Nonetheless,... Read Story

Lasata and Fettuccine

August 11, 2016 10:34 pm Published by

  “What is The Most Beautiful Thing In The World?” Jackie asked. “Peace!” answered her little sister. “Nope, Lasata”, said... Read Story

A Map Of My Heart

August 11, 2016 9:29 pm Published by

Living on Long Island is essentially an affair of the heart. We fall in love with the place, despite all... Read Story

How Did We Get Here?

August 11, 2016 8:33 pm Published by

            As I glanced around at the smiling faces of my family sitting in beach chairs amidst bonfires and underneath... Read Story

Taking It All In

August 11, 2016 8:11 pm Published by

Growing up on the North Fork of Long Island, little did I know that my teenage years, the most important... Read Story

“Ice Cream, Anyone?”

August 11, 2016 6:27 pm Published by

There are milestones in every child’s development, from walking, to first words, to pedaling a bicycle, to school readiness. Along... Read Story

East End on the Weekend

August 11, 2016 6:27 pm Published by

I was his pal. Peter Jennings’ pal, that is.   When my late grandparents lived in Bridgehampton, I would frequently... Read Story

Seasons in Springs

August 11, 2016 5:15 pm Published by

The East End is a refuge for imaginative people. It’s a place where the outside world evaporates, liberating your mind... Read Story