Categories for 2017 Literary Prize Submissions

Mama Lee and Rose

September 1, 2017 3:53 pm Published by

Soaking up the sun’s rays on my family’s back porch, I surrender to the August heat and take a sip... Read Story

Up The Creek

August 16, 2017 11:23 am Published by

Part I – “ The journey begins” My first experiences on the East End began with our annual visit to... Read Story

My Sag Sisters

August 15, 2017 7:49 am Published by

MY SAG SISTERS: It’s starts around April. In the supermarket, at a party, on the subway, you spot a sister... Read Story

Out East

August 15, 2017 1:29 am Published by

I sit on a balcony in California as the golden sun descends below the hillcrest, on the other side the... Read Story

Summer of ’92

August 15, 2017 12:06 am Published by

An inflated, leather bag rattled off the wood beam with each blow, spraying the assembled onlookers with a rooster tail... Read Story


August 14, 2017 11:59 pm Published by

Long Island curves into the Atlantic and seems as though it has broken off from the rest of New York.... Read Story

Sole Survivor

August 14, 2017 11:58 pm Published by

Sole Survivor Summer heat. Bare feet. The two were synonymous to me as a young boy spending many glorious summers... Read Story

Home Again

August 14, 2017 11:52 pm Published by

I told myself the day had finally come. I furiously cleaned out my room and packed up the car to... Read Story

My Happy Ending

August 14, 2017 11:52 pm Published by

We’re in Montauk again, to celebrate. It’s June, so it’s my wife’s birthday and Father’s Day. We leave the Grice... Read Story


August 14, 2017 11:31 pm Published by

The fountains were pristine and reminded Paul of Switzerland. He had been there to purchase art and remembered most of... Read Story


August 14, 2017 11:28 pm Published by

He looked like Prince, only buff, with glistening dark skin the texture of velvet. A slender blade of a man... Read Story

Power Outage

August 14, 2017 11:08 pm Published by

Sunday The power went off at exactly nine a.m. Twelve hours after I had walked around my house in a... Read Story

Elegy for Main Beach

August 14, 2017 10:46 pm Published by

Makeshift floats in the festive parade, the red wagons and strollers laden with blankets, coolers, picnic baskets and the occasional... Read Story

The Zombie Run

August 14, 2017 10:45 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

Go Fly a Kite

August 14, 2017 10:31 pm Published by

The year was 1976 — or thereabouts. Dan’s Kite Fly was in its infancy, or at most its toddler years,... Read Story

Making Life Fun

August 14, 2017 10:19 pm Published by

My father knew how to make life fun. He discovered East Hampton when I was about five. By “discovered,” I... Read Story

Places That Don’t Exist

August 14, 2017 9:26 pm Published by

When Gabriel Garcia Marquez passed away, global publications eulogized the Nobel Prize winning Colombian author. They illustrated his life through... Read Story

Beach Art

August 14, 2017 9:10 pm Published by

I bought a painting recently in Philadelphia. It’s a beachy picture of a woman and her dog. They are walking... Read Story

Down Stream

August 14, 2017 8:58 pm Published by

I’ve slipped up. I’m scared. I’m lost. Confused and fearful. I can see how I got here.. But can’t seem... Read Story

First Love

August 14, 2017 8:07 pm Published by

We were three small girls, dressed in our Danskin finest, eagerly packed into the back seat of our parents’ shiny... Read Story

The Piano Lesson

August 14, 2017 6:09 pm Published by

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

Cupid at the Privet Hedge

August 14, 2017 1:28 pm Published by

Terry Schein 49 Highland Road Southampton, NY 11968 (631) 283-7322 Cupid at the Privet Hedge by Terry Staverman “Where’s... Read Story

An American Son

August 14, 2017 12:20 pm Published by

Prologue: Reality Sun’s up and I’m still lost. How do you write nonfiction when you don’t know what’s real anymore?... Read Story

My East End

August 14, 2017 10:54 am Published by

“You might as easily be in Tuscany,” my husband said as we stood breathing in the vista at the outdoor... Read Story

Who’s Not

August 14, 2017 10:50 am Published by

All the Who’s Whos who came to Who’s Who Hampton loved summer a lot, but the Who Isn’t who lived... Read Story

Champagne Problems

August 14, 2017 10:11 am Published by

“As long as my computer and car don’t die, everything will be fine.” That’s what I told myself back in... Read Story

The Sea Grave

August 14, 2017 9:50 am Published by

To this day, nearly three decades later, the whole thing still kind of bothers me. It shouldn’t have felt like... Read Story

21st Century Folklore

August 14, 2017 2:15 am Published by

The Independent called it “The Montauk Monster.” Three kids found it early one morning while surfing and emailed a picture... Read Story

Cracks in the Glass

August 14, 2017 1:26 am Published by

Over the years, my brother-in-law Ed has amassed his own sculpture garden which populates his extensive back yard on Hither... Read Story

Sound Avenue

August 13, 2017 9:38 pm Published by

There were North Fork girls, and there were Hamptons girls. I’ve always been a North Fork girl. Perhaps I just... Read Story

The East End Rocks

August 13, 2017 9:11 pm Published by

After nearly 40 summers in Mattituck, my parents have finally paved the driveway. Until now, we’d always parked on nothing... Read Story

Phone Call

August 13, 2017 8:46 pm Published by

My father, now in his late seventies, fell and broke his hip.  He reached up to pick a peach from... Read Story

Main Beach

August 13, 2017 8:33 pm Published by

Every year flowers bloom on the beaches of East Hampton. Reaching  up from the sea grasses which surround them, they... Read Story


August 13, 2017 6:32 pm Published by

I grew up in a small beach town in Southern California, where I spent summer days at the tide pools,... Read Story

Love Thy Neighbors

August 13, 2017 3:46 pm Published by

It’s been twenty years. Where has the time gone? We thankfully found a beautiful home in the country and experienced... Read Story


August 13, 2017 2:57 pm Published by

Tommy and I sailed eastward from Iverson’s Dock in Bellport, though after a late departure had only reached the very... Read Story

“The Graduate”

August 13, 2017 10:45 am Published by

I have never been to a graduation at Yale, Harvard or any other Ivy League school, mainly because I couldn’t... Read Story

Razor Clams

August 12, 2017 6:03 pm Published by

My daughter asked about the pitchfork when I cleaned out the garage last week. Actually, I hadn’t noticed it, leaning... Read Story