DANA AWARDS 2016
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
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.
Mary Elizabeth Parker Chair, Dana Awards
DANA AWARDS 2015
3 AWARDS, PLUS:
Novel, Short Fiction, Poetry
// $3,000 total in awards
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
May 2016 or earlier
CAVEAT: All work must be unpublished at the time it’s submitted to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.
AWARD FOR THE NOVEL
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.
AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION
the best short fiction. No stories for or by persons under 16.
(Limit of 10,000 words per short story.) Typed, double-spaced only.
AWARD FOR POETRY
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.
· $15 per 5 poems
· $15 per short story
· $25 per novel entry
· (no fee for “Best 20”
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
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.
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
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:
ELIZABETH PARKER, CHAIR
NORTH CAROLINA USA 27455