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2017 Royal Palm Literary Award Winners Announced

Huge congratulations to the 2017 winners of the Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition!

This year RPLA accepted entries in 26 adult and 15 youth genre-categories, with published and unpublished works considered separately. In addition to the individual genre awards, grand prizes were conferred for Published Book of the Year, Unpublished Book of the Year, and Best Children’s Book.

Great job, all!

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Chris Coward is the chairperson for the 2017 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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