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(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.
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.
Mary Elizabeth Parker
Chair, Dana Awards



DANA AWARD IN THE NOVEL: Misha Rai, Salt                 LakeCity, UT, for Blood We Did Not Spill; First               Honorable Mention: Lynne M. Stegner, San                    Francisco, CA; Second Honorable Mention, Peter         Selgin, Milledgeville, GA.                                                   

Other 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, New Haven, CT.                                     

DANA 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, Camden,    NC.                                                                                       

Other 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 Roan,           Winston-Salem, NC.                                                           

DANA AWARD IN POETRY: Mark Wagenaar,                    Valparaiso, IN, for "How Does a Man Become a             Hashtag," et al.; First Honorable Mention, Heather       Altfeld, Chico, CA; Second Honorable Mention, Sheila Sanderson, Prescott, AZ.                                                 

Other finalists: Linda Aldrich, Portland, ME; John         Amen, Charlotte, NC; Lollie Butler, Tucson, AZ; Justin Hunt, Charlotte, NC; Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca,  NY; Jed Myers, Seattle, WA; Zara Raab, Lee, MA.         

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 Orchard Review.

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 on vacation.

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.

Instead, she 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 to light.

With limited 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 people involved.

Allison Alsup's 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.

Her non-fiction 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.

Mark Wagenaar says:

"My finest 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.

"(Though the email acceptance from Paul Muldoon at the New Yorker was thrilling as well--that was quite a jolt, from a poet I admire.)"





                                                DANA AWARDS 2015



We want to thank our winners and finalists, and all our entrants this year, for the pleasure of reading your work.


I’m 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.


We 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.




Mary Elizabeth Parker

Chair, Dana Awards



DANA 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, Milwaukee, WI.


Other 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.


DANA 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.


Other 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, Williamstown, MA.


DANA 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.


Other 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. 




DANA AWARDS 2014  (posted 4/14/15)

Thank 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


First Honorable Mention: Kevin King, Brentwood, NH; Second Honorable Mention: Bev Magennis, Los Ranchos, NM

Other 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


First Honorable Mention: Christine Hale, Asheville, NC; Second Honorable Mention: Rick A. Haberman, Detroit, MI


Other 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



First 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


Boman Desai is 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 conquerors.

He 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 course, music.”   

B.D. Feil says, “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.”





John Blair’s short story collection, American Standard, 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, and elsewhere.



                 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, CA

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, Pleasantville, NY

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 transformed.

"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

(POSTED 4/18/13)


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 Spring".


First Honorable Mention: Maureen McCoy, Ithaca, NY; Second Honorable Mention: Wei Xiong, Tallahassee, FL.


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, Ringwood, NJ.


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" et al.


First Honorable Mention: Derek Sheffield, Leavenworth,WA; Second Honorable Mention: Jed Myers, Seattle, WA.


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, NJ.

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, FL.


First Honorable Mention:  Marylee MacDonald, Tempe, AZ.  Second Honorable Mention: Heather E. Goodman, Douglassville, PA. 

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, CA.

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 Springs, FL.


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, TX.

                 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, Vail, CO.

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. 

               2008 DANA AWARDS


DANA AWARD IN THE NOVEL:    Rebecca Berg, Denver, CO, for Julio’s Ghost.

First Honorable Mention: Steve Mitchell, Winston-Salem, NC.  Second Honorable Mention: Waimea Williams, Kaneohe, HI. Other finalists:  Barbara 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).

 DANA AWARD IN SHORT FICTION:  Patricia Brieschke, Waccabuc, NY, for Prop Master.

First 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.

DANA AWARD IN POETRY:  Allen Braden, Lakewood, WA, for a 5-poem cycle entitled Taboo against the Word Beauty….

First 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, Watertown, MA.







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.

2004 Novel Award Winner Stephen Lovely's Irreplaceable You was published and went on to become a bestseller. 

1997's 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.

Thad 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 excellent reviews.

Other Dana Awards finalists and semifinalists also note recent successes:

2010 Short Fiction finalist Barry Brennessel's short story collection, REUNION, is slated to be published.

JoeAnn Hart's novel FLOAT is scheduled to be published by Ashland Creek Press.

Patricia Grace King's RUBIA will be published by Hoopsnake Press.

Julian Farris has just signed a contract for his novel THE SIN WARRIORS.  

For 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.

That's 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.

We hope to recognize other writers who are as deserving. 


Mary Elizabeth Parker  







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