ANNUALLY SINCE 1996
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
A WORD : One of our winners became a
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.
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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
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
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.)
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