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2016 Royal Palm Literary Award: Who Won?

2015 royal palm literary awardWoohoo! It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition. Huge congratulations to everyone who won, finaled, semifinaled, or entered. This was one tough and nuanced competition. Congratulations!

RPLA is a service of the Florida Writers Association that recognizes excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive feedback for all entrants. There’s even a Youth component. This year, we had a record-breaking 479 entries, a 22% jump over the 392 in 2015. And because at least three judges reviewed each entry, the 168 powerhouse judges worked very, very hard.

Getting ready for next year? The submissions window is January 15 – April 30, 2017. (Note: earlier closing date!) Guidelines will be posted at the first of the year.

Below are the lists of winners, with loglines. Thanks for your interest. Congratulations again, everyone.

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Chris Coward is the chairperson for the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition, a member of the FWA Board of Directors, past FWA president, and co-leader for FWA’s Oxford Writers critique group. She has ghostwritten for presidential appointees and CEOs, headed corporate marketing departments, edited national magazines, and taught college English. She has an MA in English (concentration in professional writing and editing) from George Mason University and a BA in philosophy from the College of William and Mary. Stone Perfect, her debut novel about two nerds, a girl, and a sexy sociopath who square off in a perpendicular universe, is a 2012 first-place RPLA winner, science fiction.

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