Categories for 2017 Emerging Writers Prize Submissions

Not So Hamptons

August 17, 2017 2:28 pm Published by

She screamed so loud that I figured someone must be dead. I sighed. My day had begun at 6:15 AM,... Read Story


August 15, 2017 12:13 am Published by

We sat there at the end of our dingy dorm hallway, not saying anything. He stared straight ahead, cross-legged, with... Read Story

Dear Diary

August 15, 2017 12:02 am Published by

Dear Diary, Every day here The Hamptons, something strange happens. The good kind of strange – the kind that makes... Read Story


August 15, 2017 12:00 am Published by

I Let the water come. It will not pass the barriers we have erected. As mandated by the state on... Read Story

A Nation on an Island

August 14, 2017 11:59 pm Published by

This year, I have done some exploring- personally and geographically. This election has definitely caused me to look in the... Read Story


August 14, 2017 11:56 pm Published by

A number of things went wrong early today. However I did not budge and let them wash over me, processed... Read Story

Happy Place

August 14, 2017 11:45 pm Published by

It all started when I was young. I was introduced to the lifestyle of the well known Hamptons that everyone... Read Story


August 14, 2017 11:39 pm Published by

Every year the social studies department in my school has a mandatory project that we work on over the course... Read Story

The Zombie Run

August 14, 2017 10:53 pm Published by

Warning: The following story has been rated “S” for Savage due to Intense Sarcasm and Brutal Honesty. Viewer discretion advised.... Read Story


August 14, 2017 10:32 pm Published by

“You’re too small!” I heard that sentence throughout my childhood; too small for roller coasters, too small to play basketball,... Read Story

On Mileage

August 14, 2017 6:56 pm Published by

I was born in the water. My mother called it an effortless passage of life, relatively quick and uncomplicated, and... Read Story

The Red Moon

August 13, 2017 11:40 pm Published by

“We’re going to the beach tonight. Let’s go now!” I told my father. He had promised my brother and I... Read Story

Superstorm Sandy

August 13, 2017 8:36 pm Published by

On Sunday there were warnings of a huge storm. Then late Sunday my mom got a message from J.M.M.E.S (my... Read Story


August 13, 2017 8:02 pm Published by

I got a job out east so I could live at our beach house in Hampton Bays. An audiovisual contractor... Read Story

Two Worlds

August 13, 2017 6:26 pm Published by

Just the mention of “New York City” caused my ten-year-old brother Jack’s entire body to stiffen up. Ever since he... Read Story


August 13, 2017 5:04 pm Published by

GOLD By, Theodore Aiello Age 18 Theo: I want to do something today Marie. Like, to tell people I did... Read Story


August 12, 2017 3:03 pm Published by

I flicked the yellow of the pencil I had been chewing on from my front teeth and stared out across... Read Story

Happy Fourth

August 12, 2017 12:09 pm Published by

The Fourth of July is an interesting day. All around America, people celebrate the Declaration of Independence by throwing parades... Read Story


August 12, 2017 12:06 pm Published by

It took me a while to to figure out what I wanted to write about. The possibilities were endless! I... Read Story

Stairs and Ropes

August 11, 2017 9:39 pm Published by

You are seven years old. The abandoned bunkers you and your family find at Shadmoor State Park tower twenty feet... Read Story

LIE-ing in Wait

August 11, 2017 1:04 pm Published by

We load up the car for our traditional trip East, the destination reflected in our cargo of bikes, bathing suits... Read Story

The Duck Idol

August 11, 2017 11:18 am Published by

The duck that rests in the field of Flanders lies like an idol of a dead civilization. Wire-frame and concrete.... Read Story

The Solace of Songbirds

August 10, 2017 9:19 pm Published by

Traveling toward the tailfin of our strikingly piscine island has always been a highly anticipated and greatly coveted adventure for... Read Story

Skipping Rocks

August 7, 2017 11:21 am Published by

Skipping Rocks by James Michaelson “The trick is finding the perfect rock,” my Grandma explained as she scoured the sand... Read Story


August 7, 2017 12:00 am Published by

One time at a family gathering, my aunt asked me if she and her family were locals yet. They’ve owned... Read Story


August 6, 2017 11:55 pm Published by

Every Wednesday my mother, my brother, and I would pack up our silver minivan with plastic sand toys, three beach... Read Story


August 6, 2017 3:53 pm Published by

The familiar boom in my chest, that shuddered my insides brought comfort. For as long as I can remember, going... Read Story

There You Are

August 1, 2017 3:25 pm Published by

Check the time again, check the wifi-signal. The wind is whipping around quietly, and my skin prickles just slightly. It’s... Read Story

There You Are

August 1, 2017 7:49 am Published by

Check the time again, check the wifi-signal. The wind is whipping around quietly, and my skin prickles just slightly. It’s... Read Story

Holding the Roots

July 31, 2017 11:26 pm Published by

Oma was the greatest person I ever knew. Describing her as a “person” wouldn’t even begin to illustrate her angelic... Read Story

My Last Ditch

July 31, 2017 11:22 pm Published by

Smoke filled the kitchen as a pungent liquid splashed from the pot. My dad remarked that had I been wearing... Read Story


July 31, 2017 10:13 am Published by

I think she has about 5 words of English learned by now, including my name. Which of course in itself... Read Story

Automatics of Home

July 27, 2017 10:18 pm Published by

What is home but automatic? Automatic means deep knowing, and deep knowing connotes intimacy. I recently brought a friend out... Read Story


July 25, 2017 1:11 pm Published by

-Honoring a family member lost in WWII I 14, 1945. 1900 hours It has been twelve hours since I was... Read Story

Pink Sweater

July 25, 2017 8:48 am Published by

Mrs. Kelly was positive, smiling, and unfailingly perky. I simply couldn’t stand her. For her, the rose-tinted glasses that most... Read Story

Natural Beauty

July 7, 2017 12:52 pm Published by

The street sign is named Central Blvd. On either side is nothing more than green woods littered with decaying, burgundy... Read Story