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
THE END OF THIS WINNERS PAGE FOR A LIST OF PAST WINNERS' SUCCESSES:
AWARD IN THE NOVEL: Misha Rai, Salt
LakeCity, UT, for Blood We Did Not Spill; First
Honorable Mention: Lynne M. Stegner,
Francisco, CA; Second Honorable Mention,
finalists: Mira Dougherty-Johnson,
Southold, NY; Juliet Faithfull,
Cambridge, MA; BD Feil, Belleville, MI; Troy Jollimore,
Chico, CA; Robert McKean,
Newton, MA; Cam Terwilliger, Brooklyn, NY;
Sarah Harris Wallman,
AWARD IN SHORT FICTION: Allison Alsup, New
Orleans, LA, for "Egyptian Deities"; First
Honorable Mention, Ploy
Pirapokin, San Francisco, CA; Second
Honorable Mention, Kathryn Etters Lovatt,
finalists: Allison Alsup, New Orleans, LA; Jacob Appel, New
York, NY; Deborah H. Doolittle,
Jacksonville, NC; Jim Fairhall, Chicago, IL; S.J.
Maclean, Danville, CA (two stories); Carol
AWARD IN POETRY: Mark Wagenaar,
Valparaiso, IN, for "How Does a Man Become
Hashtag," et al.; First Honorable Mention,
Heather Altfeld, Chico,
CA; Second Honorable Mention, Sheila Sanderson, Prescott,
finalists: Linda Aldrich, Portland, ME;
Charlotte, NC; Lollie Butler, Tucson, AZ; Justin Hunt,
Charlotte, NC; Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY; Jed
Myers, Seattle, WA; Zara Raab, Lee,
In 2016 Misha Rai
became the first-ever Ph.D. in Fiction to be awarded the
Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies
for her novel-in-progress, Blood We Did Not Spill. She is
also a 2016-2017 Edward H. and Mary C. Kingsbury Fellow at
Florida State University and has been the recipient of the
2015 George M. Harper Award.
Her work has
appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Hayden's Ferry
Review, Sonora Review, The Missouri Review blog, and Crab
Blood We Did Not
Spill, a historical political novel, begins in June 1997
when a young Indian Police Services officer stops at a small
town to visit a retired police officer-delusional and very
sick-on behalf of her boss. She sees him briefly, speaks
with the family and then leaves. Fifteen days later she
returns to the same town to take charge of a prison-in-flux
on a temporary basis.
She is the first
woman in the history of the police force to be given this
posting, only for five days while the officer-in-charge is
The prisoners of
K-Jail are being moved to a newer facility and whilst most
of them have been transferred, the young officer must
oversee the relocation of one small group-dacoits-serving
life terms. During the transfer she uncovers a discrepancy
amongst these prisoners; an extra man is found.
This discovery is
further compounded by the fact that none of the prisoners
will answer her questions honestly or directly. At the time
it becomes difficult for her to find out the true identity
of the men through official means. Pertinent files from the
records room are missing.
finds a manila envelope containing illegible papers with
blood splatter on them and letters-official and love
letters-dating from 1977 onwards till 1996. The country has
shut down for an extended religious holiday so she cannot
get duplicate records that are kept at headquarters.
What she learns
from these men helps her put together some of the pieces of
the puzzle that involve the retired police officer she
visited, now deceased, and his twin daughters. Other events
that play a part, especially those that happened during The
Emergency of 1975-1997, a period that is considered one of
the most controversial of Independent India's history, come
time, and pressure building, her investigation leads her to
events historically rooted in the mistakes made by another
pioneering woman-Indira Gandhi, India's first female Prime
Minister-and her allies. How the police officer conducts her
investigation and what she chooses to do with the results of
the discrepancy irrevocably changes the lives of all the
fiction has won contests from New Millennium Writings, A
Room of Her Own Foundation and Philadelphia Stories. Her
short story "Old Houses" was selected for the 2014
O. Henry Prize Stories (the story originally appeared in The
New Orleans Review); the story also appears in the recently
released college textbook, Arguing About Literature, 2nd
Edition. She has been awarded writing residencies from the
Aspen Writers Foundation and the Jentel Foundation.
was chosen for the 2015 Best Food Writing anthology. She has
written numerous pieces on cocktails and food for Edible New
Orleans and The New Orleans Advocate; she is the co-author
of The French Quarter Drinking Companion: A Guide to Bars in
America's Most Eclectic Neighborhood, soon to be in its
second edition. She currently teaches fiction classes
through the New Orleans Writers Workshop.
hour, as a writer, is to write a poem that makes my wife,
Chelsea, say "wow" as she reads it. This probably
sounds precious. But Chelsea's (University of North Texas
PhD 2016, UVA alum, & North Carolina native) book
"Mercy Spurs the Bone" (Levine Prize winner) has
been a continuing source of inspiration to me--as has her
new work. We're each other's first readers: we finish a
poem, we email it to each other. It's an intimate practice,
but it holds us accountable to each other as well. And once
in a while she doesn't have a question, or a comment on this
or that idea or line or metaphor, but simply, a little smile
and a shake of her head, & a "wow." And that
means everything in the poem has worked.
"In terms of
accolades--aside from this [Dana] award of course--the phone
call from Ron Wallace (of the University of
Wisconsin-Madison / Univ of Wisc Pr) about winning the
Pollak Prize for my first book-- "Voodoo Inverso"
-- literally brought me to my knees. And it was a voicemail!
The thought of that book being physically present in the
world was overwhelming. There have been a few other very
fine moments that I've been honoured by, but that moment was
the culmination of so many years of work.
email acceptance from Paul Muldoon at the New Yorker was
thrilling as well--that was quite a jolt, from a poet I
want to thank our winners and finalists, and all our
entrants this year, for the pleasure of reading your work.
sorry if your name is not among the finalists. The painful
part each year is telling authors—who often have sent us
their heart’s-blood—they did not win. As a writer, too,
I know how it feels on both ends.
hope you will consider us again for the 2016 Dana Awards:
The mix of work—thus the possibility of winning—changes
each year, so don’t hesitate to send us the same
manuscript again, or new work. Good changes are in the
pipeline for the Novel Award; you can read them on our Web
site, which we’ll update within the next two weeks.
AWARD IN THE NOVEL: Nancy Swan, Camp Verde, AZ, for
Escalante Moon; First Honorable Mention: Emily Raboteau, New
York, NY; Second Honorable Mention, Mark Connelly,
finalists: Jacob Appel, New York, NY; Catherine Browder,
Kansas City, MO; Mark Connelly, Milwaukee, WI; Elizabeth
Gargano, Charlotte, NC; Jane Harrington, Glasgow, VA; Kurt
Kamm, Malibu, CA; Nola Schiff, Winston-Salem, NC.
AWARD IN SHORT FICTION: Brenda Peynado, Cincinnati, OH, for
The Drownings; First Honorable Mention, Jacqueline Curry,
Baltimore, MD; Second Honorable Mention, Erin Soros, North
Vancouver, British Columbia.
finalists: Jacqueline Guidry, Kansas City, MO; Jason Marc
Harris, Bryan, TX; Danielle Holmes, Pueblo, CO; Julia
Lichtblau, Brooklyn, NY; S.J. MacLean, Danville, CA; Trevor
A. McGregor, Fuquay-Varina, NC; Alexis Schaitkin,
AWARD IN POETRY: Rachel Dilworth, Gig Harbor, WA, for The
Wedding Dress, et al.; First Honorable Mention, Laura Apol,
Lyons, MI; Second Honorable Mention, Elizabeth Carothers
Herron, Graton, CA.
finalists: Judith Janoo, E. Burke, VT; Rick Joines, Denton,
TX; Tracy Koretsky, Bellevue, WA; Donald Levering, Santa Fe,
NM; James McKee, Astoria, NY; Dixie Salazar, Fresno, CA;
Marjon van Bruggen, Baleares, Spain.
AWARDS 2014 (posted 4/14/15)
you to all our entrants for the privilege of reading your
work. Choosing winners and finalists from among so many fine
manuscripts was particularly hard this year. Mary
Elizabeth Parker, Chair, Dana Awards
DANA AWARD IN THE NOVEL: Boman Desai, Chicogo, IL, for THE
Honorable Mention: Kevin King, Brentwood, NH; Second
Honorable Mention: Bev Magennis, Los Ranchos, NM
finalists: Stephanie Carpenter, Hancock, MI; Barbara de la
Cuesta, Beachwood, NJ; Catherine Haustein, Pella, IA; Meghan
Kenny, Lancaster, PA; Andre LaPalme, Loxley, AL; Kate
Milliken, Mill Valley, CA; Camron Terwilliger, Boston, MA
AWARD IN SHORT FICTION: BD Feil, Belleville, MI, for
First Honorable Mention: Christine Hale, Asheville, NC;
Second Honorable Mention: Rick A. Haberman, Detroit, MI
finalists: Colin Brezicki, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario,
Canada; Lily Hamrick, Berkeley, CA; Erika Krouse, Boulder,
CO; Patricia Schultheis, Baltimore, MD; Lones Seiber,
Morristown, TN; Maureen Millea Smith, Edina, MN; Kathryn
Trueblood, Bellingham, WA
DANA AWARD IN POETRY: John Blair, San Marcos, TX, for HERE
WHERE WE ARE TERRIBLE et al.
Honorable Mention: Raina Joines, Denton, TX; Second
Honorable Mention: Marilyn Jurich, Chestnut Hill, MA
Other finalists: Hadara Bar-Nadav, Kansas City, MO; Helen
Stevens Chinitz, Rhinebeck, NY; Jennifer Schomburg Kanke,
Tallahassee, FL; Moira Linehan, Winchester, MA; Kathleen
McCoy, Queensbury, NY; Jacqueline Merrill Ruiz, Morrow, OH;
Elizabeth Wyatt, Joshua Tree, CA
the author of The Memory of Elephants (University
of Chicago Press/2001) in which a boy scientist invents the
memoscan, a machine that allows him to relive past memories,
so that he may replay the memory of the night he lost his
virginity to an artist’s model – only to have the
machine go haywire, activating not only the memory of the
night, but also the saga of his family and race stemming
from 7th Century Iran, the homeland from which
his Zoroastrian ancestors were driven to India by their Arab
has also written what he calls a novel biography, TRIO,
tracing the lives of the Schumanns and of Brahms, from Clara
Schumann’s debut in 1828 when she was nine years old, to
the death of Brahms in 1897. He calls the book a novel for
people who hate novels (who wish to read only about
“real” things) and a biography for people who hate
biographies (for the footnotes and other such intrusions).
The book is panoramic in scope, a narrative of love,
insanity, suicide, revolution, politics, war – and, of
“I think my finest writing accomplishments are simply yet
to come. This isn’t a play at false modesty but simply the
belief that there’s a better story always up ahead. It’s
an attitude that comes from not quitting after many, many
years at this art—years that were not always encouraging.
I am simply convinced that I’m a better writer than I was
five years ago, last year, last week. I’m a better writer
than I was yesterday.”
short story collection, American
was the 2002 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature prize and
was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
He has also published two prize-winning books of poetry, The
Occasions of Paradise (U.
Tampa Press, 2012) and The
Green Girls (LSU
Press/Pleiades Press 2003). He also has two novels
from Ballantine/Del Rey & poems & stories in Poetry,
The New York Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, The Antioch
Review, New Letters,
2013 DANA AWARDS
( posted 4/16/14 )
DANA AWARD IN THE NOVEL: N.S. Koenings, Turners Falls,
MA, for Goatsong
First Honorable Mention: Barbara de la Cuesta, Beachwood,
NJ; Second Honorable Mention: Lynn Stegner, San Francisco,
Other finalists: Boman Desai, Chicago, IL; Carol Dunbar,
Superior, WI; Robert Morgan Fisher, Woodland Hills, CA; Jean
Grant, Lawrence, KA; Annie Liontas, Philadelphia, PA; Lee
Romer, Oakland, CA; Waimea Williams, Kaneohe, HI
DANA AWARD IN SHORT FICTION: Skye Anicca, Prescott, AZ,
for "Skins of Fortune"
First Honorable Mention: Leslie Kirk Campbell, San
Francisco, CA; Second Honorable Mention: Erin Soros, North
Vancouver, British Columbia
Other finalists: Margery Gans, Somerville, MA; Cary
Groner, El Sobrante, CA; Rose Hamilton-Gottlieb, Fullerton,
CA; Marylee MacDonald, Tempe, AZ; David Massey, Decatur, GA;
Debra Ratner, Berkeley, CA
DANA AWARD IN POETRY: Brandi George, Tallahassee, FL, for
"Why the Working Class Won't Save Us" et al.
First Honorable Mention: Helen Stevens Chinitz, Walton,
NY; Second Honorable Mention: Brent Terry, Willimantic, CT
Other finalists: Linda Aldrich, Portland, ME; Maggie
Dillow, Rapid City, SD; Marc Jampole, New York, NY; Rosa
Lane, El Cerrito, CA; Dan Schofield, Thessaloniki, Greece;
Sarah Sweeney, Jamaica Plain, MA; James K. Zimmerman,
N.S. KOENINGS (pronounced 'Cunnings') was born in Belgium
and raised in East and Southern Africa, Europe and the
United States. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD
in Social Anthropology from Indiana University. Koenings
spends much of her time thinking about history, money,
language, colonialism and empire. In much of her work, the
'remote' islands, border zones and coastal areas of an
imaginary East African world become centers of meaning and
story. Koenings's own explorations of language draw on the
the imagery and music of Swahili, English, and French. Her
first novel, The Blue Taxi, and her short story collection
Theft were published by Little, Brown and Company in 2006
and 2009. Her current novel-in-progress, Goatsong, begun in
2010, is her first work of fiction in which East African
realities are intertwined with an imagined USA.
Since 2012, Koenings has also become actively involved in
the translation of East African literature, a practice that
is intimately connected to her commitments as a writer. Her
first literary translation (of Kenyan writer Mwenda
Mbatiah's short story The Wretched of Uhuru/Watumwa wa
Uchochole) appeared in Words Without Borders. She is
currently translating a classic Zanzibari novel and is also
involved in a project to support the translation of
literature from the Global South into Swahili. Koenings
teaches fiction writing at Hampshire College's School for
Interdisciplinary Arts, where she also works with students
of African Studies and ethnography.
SKYE ANICCA teaches creative writing, composition, and
literature at Prescott College, where she is also managing
editor of the award-winning national literary magazine,
Alligator Juniper. She holds an MFA in fiction from New
Mexico State University.
When asked what she considers her finest writing or
career achievements, she says: "I try not to think
about my life, and particularly writing and teaching, in
terms of achievements (likely because of the necessary
correlation to failures!) but rather in terms of process and
practice. For example, from both writing and teaching I
consistently learn about investment without attachment to
outcome. This practice allows me to show up to my creative
work and my profession not only as a practitioner or
facilitator but as an observer and lifelong student. It is
far less glamorous than a list of accolades, but it has
allowed me to stay focused on the work and on personal and
professional growth. In that sense, maintaining a naive
excitement and steadfast commitment toward my work could be
considered my finest achievement."
BRANDI GEORGE said, "If writing and life are
inseparable, then my greatest accomplishment is meeting my
poet-husband, Michael Barach. We protect each other. We find
ways to connect to other people and places. We make things.
It is this process of intuitive knowing that allows us to
really see, and learn, and feel. With this strong
foundation, I think I might have a shot at producing the
kind of art that transforms people the way that I have been
"My first book of poems, Gog, forthcoming from Black
Lawrence Press in 2015, explores my childhood in Ovid,
Michigan. As the first person in my family to attend
college, I'm often surprised to discover myself a Ph.D.
candidate at Florida State University and editor of the
Southeast Review. With any luck, I'll keep writing poems for
the rest of my life."
2012 DANA AWARDS
DANA AWARD IN THE NOVEL: Scott Lambridis,
Berkeley, CA, for "The Many Raymond Days".
First Honorable Mention: Kate Milliken,
Mill Valley, CA; Second Honorable Mention: Martha Mattingly
Payne, Atlanta, GA.
Other finalists: Allison Alsup, New
Orleans, LA; Lisa Buchanan, San Francisco, CA; Vincent Czyz,
Jersey City, NJ; Tim Fitts, Philadelphia, PA; Jean Grant,
Lawrence, KS; Kurt Kamm, Malibu, CA; Victoria Kelly,
Virginia Beach, VA; Patricia Grace King, Chicago, IL; Margo
Orlando Littell, Maplewood, NJ; Leslie Rodd, San Francisco,
CA; Susan Terence, San Francisco, CA; Richard K. Weems,
Fairlawn, NJ; Steven Wingate, Brookings, SD.
DANA AWARD IN SHORT FICTION: Paul Hastings
Wilson, Wallkill, NY, for "The Game at Hope
First Honorable Mention: Maureen McCoy,
Ithaca, NY; Second Honorable Mention: Wei Xiong,
Other finalists: Jacob Appel, New York,
NY; Patricia Brieschke, Waccabuc, NY; Paul Byall, Savannah,
GA; L.S. Johnson, San Leandro, CA; Margarite Landry,
Southborough, MA; J.L. Schneider, Ellenville, NY; Terri G.
Scullen, Alexandria, VA; Evelyn Somers, Boonville, MO;
Barbara Stephens, East Falmouth, MA; Kasey Thornton,
Wendell, NC; Kirk Wilson, Austin, TX.
DANA AWARD IN THE ESSAY: Annie Dawid,
Westcliffe, CO, for "All Thy Waves".
First Honorable Mention: Kirk Wilson,
Austin, TX; Second Honorable Mention: Renee Ashley,
Other finalists: Patricia Bjorklund,
Wilmington, NC; Cynthia A. Crane, Cincinnati, OH; Sue
Eisenfeld, Arlington, VA; Maribeth Fischer, Lewes, DE;
Christine Hale, Asheville, NC; Kitty Hoffman, New York, NY;
Alison Townsend, Stoughton, WI.
DANA AWARD IN POETRY: Tom Daley,
Cambridge, MA, for "My Mother Revisits the Scene of a
Tryst with My Father at the Great Falls of the Potomac"
First Honorable Mention: Derek Sheffield,
Leavenworth,WA; Second Honorable Mention: Jed Myers,
Other finalists: Raymond Philip Asaph,
Huntington, NY; Christopher Buckley, Santa Barbara, CA; Beth
Copeland, Gibson, NC; Valentina Gnup, Portland, OR; Kate
Hovey, Northridge, CA; Zara Raab, Berkeley, CA; Rita Mae
Reese, Madison, WI.
DANA AWARD IN THE NOVEL: Sean Murphy, Rancho de
Taos, NM, for WILSON'S WAY.
First Honorable Mention: Morowa Yejide, Atlanta, GA.
Second Honorable Mention: Michael Lunny Duffy, Morristown,
Other finalists: John Blair, San Marcos, TX; Art
Blount, Sunnyside, NY; Robert Hambling Davis, Newark, DE;
JoeAnn Hart, Gloucester, MA; Susan Stark Hilt, Eden Prairie,
MN; Victor Lodato, Tucson, AZ; Peter Selgin, Winter Park,
DANA AWARD IN SHORT FICTION: Rebecca Givens Rolland,
Boston, MA for YOU'D RATHER BE TENDER.
First Honorable Mention: Marylee MacDonald, Tempe, AZ.
Second Honorable Mention: Heather E. Goodman, Douglassville,
Other finalists: Amina Gautier, Chicago, IL;
Zachary J. George, New Orleans, LA; Miriam Karmel,
Minneapolis, MN; Patricia Grace King, Chicago, IL; Julia
MacDonnell, Berlin, NJ; Kathryn Schwille, Charlotte, NC;
Christopher D. Spencer, Marengo, OH.
DANA AWARD IN POETRY: Jeannie Gambill, Bellaire, TX,
for "AFTER 'SARABAND ON A GROUND' " et al.
First Honorable Mention: Jeanne Wagner, Kensington,
CA; Second Honorable Mention: Dixie Salazar, Fresno,
Other finalists: Bruce Bond, Denton, TX; Elton Glaser,
Akron, OH; Gordon Johnston, Macon, GA; Nadine Sabra Meyer,
Gettysburg, PA; Alicia Ruskin, Valley Village, CA; Norma
Schulman, Washington, DC; Beverly Whitehead, De Funiak
DANA AWARD IN THE ESSAY: Peter Selgin, Winter Park, FL, for
THE KUHREIHEN MELODY.
First Honorable Mention: Mako Yoshikawa, Cambridge, MA.
Second Honorable Mention: Xujun Eberlein, Wayland, MA.
Other finalists: Ioanna Carlsen, Tesuque, NM; Joshua Dolezal,
Windsor Heights, IA; Laura M. Gibson, Longview, WA; Deborah
Gold; Lynn Shapiro, New York, NY; Erin Soros, North
Vancouver, British Columbia; Laurie Saurborn Young, Austin,
2010 DANA AWARDS
DANA AWARD IN THE
NOVEL: Patrick E. Horrigan, New York, NY, for
Portraits at an Exhibition.
First Honorable Mention:
Michael Bourne, Brooklyn, NY. Second Honorable
Mention: Jenna Evans, Belfast, ME.
Other finalists: Martha Mattingly Payne, Atlanta, GA;
Aaron Reynolds, Houston, TX; Hollis Seamon, Kinderhook, NY;
Vicki Salloum, New Orleans, LA; Chandler Klang Smith, New
York, NY; Melanie Smith, Walpole, MA; Kristen Millares
Young, Seattle, WA.
DANA AWARD IN SHORT FICTION:
Nicole Louise Reid, Newburgh, IN, for A Purposeful Violence.
First Honorable Mention:
Bridgette Shade, Pittsburgh, PA. Second Honorable
Mention: Patricia Grace King, Chicago, IL.
Other finalists: Rafael Alvarez, Linthicum, MD; Jacob M.
Appel, New York, NY; Elise Atchison, Livingston, MT;
Barry Brennessel, Washington, DC; David Christian, Iowa
City, IA; Jack Pulaski, Marshfield, VT; Heather Sappenfield,
DANA AWARD IN POETRY:
Julie Weber, Ashland, OR, for Ellipsis et al.
First Honorable Mention:
Nadine Sabra Meyer, Gettysburg, PA; Second Honorable
Mention: Bruce Bond, Denton, TX.
Other finalists: Ellen Bass, Santa Cruz, CA; Jessica
Henricksen, New Orleans, LA; Michael Derrick Hudson, Fort
Wayne, IN; Alison Jarvis, New York, NY; Karen Winterburn,
Glenview, IL; Bradford Winters, New York, NY; Margot
Wizansky, Brookline, MA.
2009 DANA AWARDS
DANA AWARD IN THE NOVEL: Tippets Jensen, Gresham, OR,
for The Good Deed.
First Honorable Mention: Boman Desai, Chicago, IL; Second
Honorable Mention: Annie Liontas, Mt. Tabor, NJ.
Other finalists: Adam Ares, Chicopee, MA; Annie Dawid,
Westcliffe, CO; Steve Gehrke, Gettysburg, PA; N.S. Koenings,
Somerville, MA; Robert McKean, Newton, MA; Emily Pease,
Williamsburg, VA; Kim Taylor, Portland, OR.
DANA AWARD IN SHORT FICTION:
Matthew Pitt, Gulfport, MS, for A Thief at Either Side.
First Honorable Mention: Patricia Brieschke, Waccabuc, NY;
Second Honorable Mention: Skye Anicca, Las Cruces, NM.
Other finalists: C.J. Doza, Nashville, TN; Larry Hill,
Fresno, CA; Marjorie Kennedy, Seattle, WA; Ben Loory, Los
Angeles, CA; James Sie, Los Angeles, CA; Scott Winokur,
Berkeley, CA; Joseph Zaitchik, Wayland, MA.
DANA AWARD IN POETRY:
Jeanne Marie Beaumont, New York, NY, for her 5-poem series
"Letter from Limbo".
First Honorable Mention: Valerie Wallace, Chicago, IL;
Second Honorable Mention: Honoree Fanon Jeffers, Norman, OK.
Other finalists: Hadara Bar-Nadav, Kansas City, MO; Starkey
Flythe, Augusta, GA; Teresa Leo, Lansdowne, PA; Leslie Anne
Mcilroy; Pittsburgh, PA; Nadine Sabra Meyer, Gettysburg, PA;
Rita Mae Reese, Madison, WI; Michael Spence, Tukwila, WA.
AWARD IN THE NOVEL: Rebecca
Berg, Denver, CO, for Julio’s Ghost.
Honorable Mention: Steve Mitchell, Winston-Salem, NC.
Second Honorable Mention: Waimea Williams, Kaneohe, HI. Other
Delacuesta, Island Heights, NJ; Sandra Fontana and Lindy
MacDonald (double author), Vero Beach, FL; Sara Fraser,
Belmont, MA; Agustin Maes, Berkeley, CA; Karen L. Simpson,
Ann Arbor, MI; Kathryn Wilder, Ha’iku, Maui, HI; Waimea
Williams, Kaneohe, HI (for a 2d novel).
AWARD IN SHORT FICTION: Patricia
Brieschke, Waccabuc, NY, for Prop Master.
Honorable Mention: Robert
Morgan Fisher, Woodland Hills, CA. Second Honorable Mention:
Fred McGavran, Cincinnati, OH. Other finalists: Jacob
M. Appel, New York, NY (for 2 short stories); Jim
Bainbridge, Los Angeles, CA; Cary Groner, Tucson, AZ; Li
Miao Lovett, San Francisco, CA; Lynn L. Sloan, Evanston, IL;
Lynn M. Stegner, Point Reyes Station, CA.
AWARD IN POETRY: Allen
Braden, Lakewood, WA, for a 5-poem cycle entitled Taboo
against the Word Beauty….
Honorable Mention: Willa
Granger, Mamaroneck, NY. Second Honorable Mention: Sassy
Ross, Brooklyn, NY. Other finalists: Ellen
Bass, Santa Cruz, CA; Ewa
Chrusciel, New London, NH; Dina Elenbogen, Evanston, IL;
Christina Hutchins, Albany, CA; Jacquelyn Merrill, Los
Angeles, CA; Allison Smythe, Rocheport, MO; Kathleen Spivack,
DANA AWARDS 1996-2007 ARE NOT LISTED HERE.
THE NEW YORK
TIMES BOOK REVIEW named as one of the 10 Best Books of
the Year in Non-Fiction in 2006 our winner of the Dana
Award in the Novel. To explain: Danielle Trussoni's
novel, originally titled Tunnel Rat, won our 2001 Novel
Award, was then re-worked as a memoir of her relationship
with her father, a Viet Nam vet, and was published in 2006
as FALLING THROUGH THE EARTH--which was then named by the
New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of
2006 in Nonfiction.
She has since gone on to write the internationally
best-selling ANGELOLOGY series.
Novel Award Winner Stephen Lovely's Irreplaceable You was
published and went on to become a bestseller.
Novel Award winner was Jennifer Natalya Fink, of New York
City, for The Mikveh Queen. A New York editor saw the
winners listing in Poets & Writers and asked through us
to see the novel but ultimately did not take it. The
Mikveh Queen and Ms. Fink's next novel have since been
accepted for publication.
Nodine's novel, which won the 2007 Dana Award in the Novel
under the title Going Home, was published in 2011 by
Unbridled Books under its new title TOUCH AND GO, to
Dana Awards finalists and semifinalists also note recent
Short Fiction finalist Barry Brennessel's short story
collection, REUNION, is slated to be published.
Hart's novel FLOAT is scheduled to be published by Ashland
Grace King's RUBIA will be published by Hoopsnake Press.
Farris has just signed a contract for his novel THE SIN
the Dana Awards, all submissions are read blind at all
levels. Anyone may win including authors who may
already have either modest or extensive publishing records.
But my hope with the Dana Awards is to discover writers who
have been, until now, unrecognized.
why I was thrilled to learn when I phoned her that the
winner of the first (1996) Dana Award in the Novel (Ellen
Breck (Lindy) Coggeshall of Walpole, NH) had not published,
had won no awards and had even been told early on that she
couldn't write. She was a single mother working two jobs to
raise three teenagers, so not only the recognition for her
novel THE RABIES TREE but the $1,000 prize helped.
hope to recognize other writers who are as deserving.