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 This year RPLA accepted entries in 26 adult and 15 youth genre-categories, with published and unpublished works considered separately. In addition to the individual genre awards, grand prizes were conferred for Published Book of the Year, Unpublished Book of the Year, and Best Children’s Book.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! Download the lists of winners: 2017 Adult RPLA Winners 2017 Youth RPLA Winners  

2016 Royal Palm Literary Award: Who Won?

Woohoo! 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 RPLA is a service of the Florida Writers Association that recognizes excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive feedback for all entrants.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 … Read More »

Hear ye, hear ye! The list of 2016 RPLA finalists is out!

The list is out! The list of Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) finalists, that is. What’s next? Winners will be announced at the RPLA Awards Banquet October 22, 2016, during the annual Florida Writers conference at the Hilton Orlando Altamonte Springs. The Banquet is included in the full conference and the Saturday-only conference packages. Or you may attend the Banquet a la carte. To get in on the fun, please click here. You may register for the full conference, Saturday … Read More »

RPLA Update

We’re rounding the bend with RPLA—you know, the Royal Palm Literary Awards. It’s FWA’s flagship writing competition, where entries are accepted in 26 genre-categories for adults and 15 for youth. Where published and unpublished works are judged separately. Where semifinalists, finalists, and winners earn electronic badges. Where the trophies are beyond cool, and for every entry, the feedback is priceless. More so every year. For the 2016 competition, we’re definitely approaching some milestones. If you’re familiar with RPLA, you may … Read More »

Royal Palm Literary Award Winners Announced

Drum roll, please! Announcing the winners of the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Awards! Drum roll, indeed! We have the results of the Florida Writers Association’s largest, most competitive Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition in history. The winners were announced during the special awards banquet, part of FWA’s four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida, October 15-18, 2015. The competition, which received 393 submissions, was RPLA’s fourteenth. Adults and Youth submitted entries in 30 adult genre-categories and 15 Youth categories, … Read More »

Join Us, But Not for the Reason You Think

Well well well. I happened upon an article by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writers’ Institute about writers’ conferences. The topic was why authors should attend. Why indeed? Laurie Scheer, director of the Institute, offered seven reasons, all aligning with what FWA unearths in our yearly post-conference surveys. One reason in particular caught my eye. And it’s not what you’d expect. But first, the conference. Our conference. The 14th Annual Florida Writers Conference. And let’s focus on the Banquet for the … Read More »

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