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DANA AWARDS 2016
(posted 4/4/17)
We want to thank our winners and finalists, 
and all ur entrants this year, for the great 
pleasure of reading your work.
* ON A NOTE OF GREAT REGRET: After 21 
consecutive years of offering the Dana Awards, 
we have to suspend the Awards for next year, 
for  reasons financial, technical, and medical. 
For financial and technical reasons, we can not 
offer online entry and payment, as most writers 
now expect, and thus are suffering declining 
number of entries. Furthermore, I shattered an 
ankle in a fall February 17 and have been 
wheelchair-confined, with surgeries and rehab 
stays, since. For the near future, I have to conserve 
my energies for recovery and for focusing on my 
own writing. 
It's been a good run of 21 years, and I hate to 
halt now, but must. I will resume the Awards 
if/when I can.
Best,
Mary Elizabeth Parker
Chair, Dana Awards

                 

 

 

 

DANA AWARDS 2015

 

3 AWARDS, PLUS:

 

Novel, Short Fiction, Poetry // $3,000 total in awards

 

PLUS, as we celebrate our 20th year of the Dana Awards, we’re offering a special “Best 20” award of $200 for a 1-2 page essay celebrating your personal best 20 anything—just send it along with your other work

 

DEADLINE OCTOBER 31, 2015

 

RESULTS LETTERS by May 2016 or earlier

 

WEBSITE www.danaawards.com 

 

E-MAIL danaawards@gmail.com. Questions only. 

 

IMPORTANT CAVEAT:  All work must be unpublished at the time it’s submitted to us and not promised for publication either in print or online, since our purpose is to provide monetary encouragement for work that has not yet been recognized. We don’t publish, but offer monetary awards only. Since we don’t publish, it’s fine if your work’s accepted elsewhere while we’re considering it. Just let us know so we can congratulate you. But we’ll still consider that work for our monetary awards.

 

DANA AWARD FOR THE NOVEL  $1,000

for the first 40 pages ONLY of a  novel either completed or in progress (in-progress submissions should be as polished as possible).  All types of novels accepted.  No novels for or by persons under 16.  Typed, double-spaced only.

DANA AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION  $1,000

for the best short fiction.  No stories for or by persons under 16.  (Limit of 10,000 words per short story.) Typed, double-spaced only.

DANA AWARD FOR POETRY  $1,000 

for the best group of 5 poems, judged on the overall excellence of all 5. 5 poems per entry.  No light verse or verse for or by persons under 16.  Poems may be thematically related but need not be. Poems longer than 100 lines are discouraged.  Typed, single-spaced preferred.

 

READING FEES

 ·       $15 per 5 poems

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·       $15 per short story

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·       $25 per novel entry

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·       (no fee for “Best 20” Award)

 

 

Include SEPARATE COVER SHEET with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, title(s) of work(s) submitted.  No author’s name on manuscript. SASE for results only. No manuscripts returned.

 HOW TO SUBMIT

 

Note: I want to offer you the convenience of online submission and payment as other competitions do, but can’t. The Dana Awards are my baby, handled from first to last. I read every word of every manuscript and then re-group and assign for re-reading, but I must have physical manuscripts to work with. A stroke at birth makes my brain incapable of making sense of maps, graphs, grids, and flowcharts—as well as computer uploads, downloads, and file manipulation. All-computers-all-the-time life now forces me to work at least minimally online--but trying to manage more than 1,000 online submissions yearly would be for me a nightmare of losing manuscripts randomly to the ether.

 

So I truly appreciate your extra effort in sending your work by postal mail. (I’ve discovered that post offices are great places for character study—so for a writer it’s not wasted time.) Best, Mary Elizabeth Parker, Chair, Dana Awards

 

 MAKE  ENTRY FEE CHECKS OUT TO:  DANA AWARDS

From outside U.S.: INTERNATIONAL money orders, travelers’ checks, bank checks (all must be bank-stamped “U.S. funds” AND drawn on U.S. banks only). E-mail us if this is a hardship for you.

 

POSTAL MAIL SUBMISSIONS to:

MARY ELIZABETH PARKER, CHAIR

DANA AWARDS

200 FOSSEWAY DRIVE

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA USA 27455

 

 

QUESTIONS ONLY 

                   danaawards@gmail.com