RPLA Showcase: William Speir

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2017 Published Historical Fiction Nicaea – The Rise of the Imperial Church William Speir A novel about the political intrigue surrounding the Council of Nicaea 325 AD, which created the blueprint for the Christian churches as a tool of statecraft for the Emperor. Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1962, attended the University of Alabama, and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1984. At the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author William … Read More »

RPLA Showcase – J. J. White

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2017 Unpublished Fiction A Promise to Lena J. J. White At the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author J. J. White won First Place for Unpublished Fiction. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the hard work that is often done in the privacy of the home with little to no recognition. We’re showcasing the best of the best with our First Place winners spotlight. Not only does RPLA recognize extraordinary … Read More »

RPLA Showcase – Karen Dillon

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2017 Unpublished Book of the Year On a Winter Shore Karen Dillon When a samurai and his ninja partner set off to find a missing man, they discover a shocking murder, festering injustice, and the high price demanded by honor. At the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author Karen Dillon won Unpublished Book of the Year and First Place in Historical Fiction for her book, On a Winter Shore. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Jim Pons

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  2017 Published Book of the Year Hard Core Love Jim Pons   A story of spiritual evolution in the world of fame, Jim’s book winds its way from the Sunset Strip to the NFL and finally a long-sought peace with God. At the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author Jim Pons won Published Book of the Year. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the hard work that is often … Read More »

RPLA and You

“Are you entering the Royal Palm Literary Award competition for the first time?” I asked. “I am. I’m so excited,” the aspiring novelist said. “Do you know how they choose a winner?” “The one with the most points wins, I guess.” This brief conversation happened following a writing group meeting a couple of weeks ago. It might help those of you considering participating in the competition to understand how you will be judged. Your work will not be viewed in … Read More »