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 RPLA is a service of the Florida Writers Association that recognizes excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive feedback for all entrants.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

RPLA Showcase: Fern Goodman

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase Each year at the Royal Palm Literary Award 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. Our goal is to showcase the best of the best at the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Awards and provide First Place winners with a well-deserved spotlight. Not only are we recognizing extraordinary talent, but we’re giving readers an opportunity … Read More »

Juxtaposition

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Juxtaposition is a writing device where authors place two contrasting elements side by side—be they ideas, actions, locations, or characters for the purpose of contrast. For example: a character can talk about the virtues of humankind at a restaurant and get robbed walking back to his car. In Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, he starts out with a juxtaposition of many ideas: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Tracy Bryan

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase Each year at the Royal Palm Literary Award 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. Our goal is to showcase the best of the best at the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Awards and provide First Place winners with a well-deserved spotlight. Not only are we recognizing extraordinary talent, but we’re giving readers an opportunity … Read More »

Networking Part 3: Blogs and Websites

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Good morning and welcome to the third part of my networking series. One of the first things we’re told is to have a website and blog to help build our online presence. While there are many different ways to build a site, two of the ones I’ve used were Webs.com, Weebly.com, and Wix.com among others. For blogs, I’m a fan of WordPress.com, but there’s also Blogger, Tumbler, and so on. I’ve only used a couple of those I listed, so … Read More »

The Perfect Short Story

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A few years ago I wrote the perfect short story. I went to bed that night sure I had created a flawless first draft—no revisions needed. The next morning I re-read the first sentence. Bravado slumped into despair. Had a gremlin changed the words overnight? Had someone broken into the house and altered the perfectly worded manuscript? Even someone with my crazy imagination had to admit those scenarios were unlikely. My perfect short story needed work. I grudgingly accepted that … Read More »

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