Why I Became Chairman of FWAY: The Florida Writers Association Youth Program

I was discussing where my crazy ideas come during a library visit, when I noticed a young boy, seated by himself in the back, was chomping on something hanging from his mouth. When I walked over, he grabbed the gloppy thing and shoved it in his pocket, obviously thinking he was in big trouble. I smiled, but he still looked about to skitter away and hide under a desk. “You’re not in trouble,” I said. “What were you eating?” He … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Jim Pons

  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 »

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 This year RPLA accepted entries in 26 adult and 15 youth genre-categories, with published and unpublished works considered separately. In addition to the individual genre awards, grand prizes were conferred for Published Book of the Year, Unpublished Book of the Year, and Best Children’s Book.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

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 »

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 RPLA is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellent in members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive written assessments for all entrants.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 »

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. 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 that can stand alone are all welcome. Announce Your Accomplishments Marking a milestone in your writing career? Members who have good … Read More »

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