Categories for 2017 Literary Prize Submissions

One O’Cat

August 11, 2017 2:47 pm Published by

Good old house. Sealed up with everything that made last weekend fun and life palatable for another week. Love-hate is... Read Story


August 11, 2017 1:38 pm Published by

On a Sunday morning in July, Paul and I drove from our home in Springs to Montauk Harbor and boarded... Read Story

My Resilient Sea

August 11, 2017 10:30 am Published by

Resilience; the ability to become strong, healthy or successful again after something bad happens, to recover from or adjust easily... Read Story

Summer Girl

August 11, 2017 8:48 am Published by

“Aah,” the fireman said knowingly, looking me up and down. “You’re a Summer Girl.” We were beside each other in... Read Story


August 11, 2017 8:44 am Published by

Old. New. Fear. Excitement. Historical. Cultural. These are the words that came to my mind during the last Ninevah Beach... Read Story

The Solace of Songbirds

August 10, 2017 9:21 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

Stroke of a Brush

August 10, 2017 8:56 pm Published by

THE STROKE OF A BRUSH Hippies, music and protests is what I thought about while attending Southampton College during the... Read Story


August 10, 2017 7:45 pm Published by

Raindrops tap dance on the car roof. The downpour is as heavy as my encounter with a long-ago storm while... Read Story

Big Shot

August 10, 2017 10:38 am Published by

“Let’s tell them we met Billy Joel!” I say to Sally, my skinny and tall-for-her age friend who wore her... Read Story

Beach Houses

August 10, 2017 8:44 am Published by

You move to New York City and find success in some industry and of course, you want to go to... Read Story

My Story

August 9, 2017 5:17 pm Published by

I never wanted to come to America. One evening, my father walked into our kitchen and announced that we had... Read Story

No Clouds

August 8, 2017 5:28 pm Published by

The Channel 12 TV Long Island, New York weather guy is visibly excited. “Today, not a cloud in the sky... Read Story

Heart of the Comet

August 8, 2017 5:15 pm Published by

“End of world.” my grandmother, Mary said. She gripped the arms of her black naugahyde recliner and peered out the... Read Story

The Big Fish

August 7, 2017 1:27 pm Published by

My mind couldn’t keep up with how fast my life was changing, nor could my stomach keep up with the... Read Story

Sushi with Sacks

August 6, 2017 12:26 pm Published by

My close friend, Oliver Sacks, died 2 years ago. Together, we did many things, many times, but none more often... Read Story

Miss Mexico City

August 6, 2017 8:10 am Published by

In February, Greenport is a tired-looking, pushed around, weather-beaten boat wreck of a town. This is not the simmer of... Read Story

Montauk Memories

August 3, 2017 4:20 pm Published by

The bright summer sun shown through the dirty car window as i sat in the passenger seat of my fathers... Read Story

My Last Ditch

August 2, 2017 4:33 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

A Little Wild

August 2, 2017 7:49 am Published by

Summertime, and adventure is afoot. My daughter Ava leads us outside, silencing her younger brother and sister with a hand... Read Story

Surf Club

August 1, 2017 6:18 pm Published by

Surf Club We were poetry, from the get-go pure poetry. I met JJ on my 16th Birthday. For real; he... Read Story

New Beginnings

August 1, 2017 3:16 pm Published by

Amongst the mosaic of miscellaneous clothing, antique furnishings and bric-a-brac arranged on the bleached gravel drive, I was drawn to... Read Story

The Windmill

July 31, 2017 2:46 pm Published by

Amidst a sea of famous faces, it was the structure itself that mesmerized me most. I can still smell the... Read Story

Dark Age Charter

July 27, 2017 4:12 pm Published by

On a hot, humid summer Sunday afternoon in the small town of Southampton on Long Island, ceremonies were in full... Read Story

Point Positive

July 26, 2017 9:22 pm Published by

The freshwater viciously pounded at my face and down my throat, leaving only millisecond intervals to gasp for air. The... Read Story

Taking Temperatures

July 26, 2017 3:24 pm Published by

My mother, Joanne: Creamy-white skin, dark brown, coarse, curly hair, bright, light-blue eyes. This is how she took temperatures: She’d... Read Story

The Windmill

July 25, 2017 10:27 am Published by

The Windmill By Diane Strecker Amidst a sea of famous faces, it was the structure itself that mesmerized me most.... Read Story

Belly Bomb

July 22, 2017 2:33 pm Published by

Birds chirping, sunshine streaming in, I awoke in a Southold loft with a huge lump on my stomach. I gingerly... Read Story

The Un-Hampton

July 22, 2017 11:26 am Published by

Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won’t come again And... Read Story

Love Seventeen

July 13, 2017 9:55 am Published by

I sat in the familiar grainy, soft sand of Quogue Village Beach, staring out into the expansive ocean, blue blanket... Read Story

The Loop

July 12, 2017 12:21 pm Published by

As my adult daughter, Megan, and I were killing time before an appointment in Southampton Village recently, she suggested we... Read Story


July 12, 2017 11:35 am Published by

September 22, 1938 — the day after the great hurricane – was perfect flying weather. Bright, benign, its fineness mocked... Read Story