RPLA Showcase: Claire Hamner Matturro and Penny Koepsel

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Unpublished Young Adult/New Adult Wayward Girls by Claire Hamner Matturro and Penny Koepsel In Wayward Girls, two teens are tried as adults for setting a man on fire–are they crazed killers or just wayward girls trapped in a boarding school scam turned deadly? At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, authors Claire Hamner Matturro and Penny Koepsel won First Place in the Unpublished Young Adult/New Adult category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience … Read More »

Call for Blog Submissions

We welcome submissions to the Florida Writers Association blog. Besides appearing on our site, blog posts are emailed to 1,800+ subscribers. Please read and follow our requirements carefully before you submit. Submission Requirements You must be a member of the Florida Writers Association in good standing or one of our conference faculty in order to be published. Posts about the craft of writing, book design or marketing, publishing, the business of writing, Florida Writers Association events and programs, and other … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Amy Susan Brown

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Unpublished Middle-Grade Fiction Mormor’s Piano by Amy Susan Brown In Mormor’s Piano, Ellen clings to secrets binding her to her late mother amidst a move to Sweden and a new stepmother. Near tragedy forces father and daughter to confront their buried grief. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author Amy Susan Brown won First Place in the Unpublished Middle-Grade Fiction category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for … Read More »

Through Different Eyes: Ray Bradbury and “The Garbage Collector”

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Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury is best known for the novel Fahrenheit 451 and his lush prose style, but his true gift, in my view, lay in the short story. He published hundreds of them, most of exceptional quality and invention. In 1953, he published one of only a couple thousand words, titled “The Garbage Collector.” It’s a workshop on taking the commonplace and finding the greatness within. In this case, the commonplace is the title character. We never learn … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Jackie Minniti

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Published Middle-Grade Fiction Jacqueline by Jackie Minniti In Jacqueline, a tale based on a true story, family, faith, unusual friendships, and the resiliency of the human spirit are set against the backdrop of occupied France in 1944. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author Jackie Minniti won First Place in the Published Middle-Grade Fiction category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the hard work that … Read More »

It’s Official! Come See Who Made the Finals in the 2017 RPLA

Drum roll! The scores are in, and the finalists have been named for the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. RPLA is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellent in members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive written assessments for all entrants. More than 40 genre-categories are recognized, including youth (youth winners’ announcements are separate). The categories cross the broad areas of fiction and nonfiction—short works and book-length, as well as poetry, plays, … Read More »

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