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     DANA AWARDS

        ANNUALLY SINCE 1996

  

 

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

 

 

 

A WORD :  One of our winners became a  bestseller.

 

Danielle Trussoni's novel, originally entitled Tunnel Rat, won our 2001 Novel Award.   She re-worked it as a memoir of her relationship with her father, a Viet Nam vet--which was  published in 2006 as FALLING THROUGH THE EARTH, and subsequently named by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of  Nonfiction that year. Ms.Trussoni has since gone on to become an international best-seller with her ANGELOLOGY series. 

 

For GUIDELINES and more about us, click on our LINKS ON THE LEFT BORDER OF THIS PAGE.  

 

                           OUR PURPOSE

 

THE PURPOSE OF THE DANA AWARDS IS TO OFFER MONETARY AWARDS  ONLY, FOR WORK THAT HAS NOT BEEN PUBLISHED OR PROMISED FOR PUBLICATION.  WE DON'T PUBLISH.

BECAUSE WE DON'T , IF YOUR WORK IS ACCEPTED ELSEWHERE AFTER YOU SUBMIT IT TO US (PLEASE TELL US JUST SO WE KNOW), IT WILL STILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR OUR MONETARY AWARDS. 

As a writer myself, I've learned a heartening but frightening thing in managing the Dana Awards: that there are thousands of excellent writers out there.

Which is heartening for the sake of literature, but frightening because of the sheer numbers of good writers looking for recognition--so much competition for each one of us, and so many people who deserve notice but aren't getting it.

Writing is a profession for talented, imaginative, sensitive Gila monsters (I say this because good writers don't give up, and legend claims that when a Gila monster clamps its jaws on something it won't let go.)

Best,

Mary Elizabeth Parker

Chair, Dana Awards

 

ON A PERSONAL NOTE:

 If you like, check out my Author Page on Amazon Central:  

 http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00EXUYK2C

 

 

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