You Can Be Published in The Florida Writer

The Florida Writer, the official magazine of the Florida Writers Association (FWA), offers members the opportunity to see their names in print alongside news about FWA and articles written by publishing industry professionals. Submit by January 1 for the February issue Download current submission requirements for the “Paragraphs” and “Celebrations” sections of the magazine. Share Your Creative Writing In our “Paragraphs” section, we publish selected creative writing by members who respond to a prompt. Prose, poetry, and excerpts from larger works … 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2017 Unpublished Fiction A Promise to Lena J. J. White At the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author J. J. White won First Place for Unpublished Fiction.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 »

Stepping Away From the Monitor

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It’s bound to happen, sooner or later. You’re working away, making good progress, then you skid to a halt. Your fingers pause above the keys as you will them to continue, but nothing happens. The harder you try, the worse it becomes. Don’t despair – there are a couple of things worth trying before the hair-pulling and teeth-gnashing begins. Get up and leave. I know, it sounds crazy, right? I’ve tried this and it works! I mentally “bookmark” where I … Read More »

The Writing Life: Give Yourself A Break

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It’s that most wonderful time of the year. Anticipation is high. For many writers, there’s feasting to prepare and consume and various celebrations to attend. Increased shopping. Increased cleaning. Increased family time. And a couple of extra days off your day job for the winter holidays means increased writing time. Yay! Right? It always seems like fitting in more writing time during the holidays is feasible, but is it? For most of us, time to write is sparing at best. … Read More »

Where Does Your Story Begin?

I read a lot of book manuscripts, and I’m here to tell you there are some story openers in danger of being used more often than “once upon a time.” Here are some beginnings I see frequently: • Character waking up • Character looking out a window and thinking about the weather • Character thinking about the setting, reviewing the objects in a room • Character thinking or saying out loud, “This isn’t happening.” • Character pondering her life, her … 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 »

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