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Royal Palm Literary Award Winners Announced

Royal Palm Literary AwardsDrum roll, please! Announcing the winners of the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Awards!

Drum roll, indeed! We have the results of the Florida Writers Association’s largest, most competitive Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition in history.

The winners were announced during the special awards banquet, part of FWA’s four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida, October 15-18, 2015.

The competition, which received 393 submissions, was RPLA’s fourteenth.

Adults and Youth submitted entries in 30 adult genre-categories and 15 Youth categories, with published and unpublished submissions judged separately.

The top award for Youth, the Candice Coghill Memorial Award, was given for Asleep, a book-length work of fiction by Mikaela Bender.

For adults, the Dahris Clair Memorial Award for plays went to C.J. Godwin and Marie Vernon for Graceland Express.

The Published Book of the Year was Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A Writer’s Guide to Mastering Viewpoint, an educational/informational submission by Ken Pelham.

The Unpublished Book of the Year was Adrift, a mystery, by Micki Browning. Micki received more than a trophy. She also received a guaranteed reading by one of the fastest growing independent publishers in the U.S. and preeminent publisher of original mystery, thriller, and suspense titles: Oceanview Publishing.

The Royal Palm Literary Awards competition is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing blind, objective, and constructive written assessments for all entrants.

Download the complete list of winners here:

Congratulations to everyone who won, finaled, semi-finaled, or entered. This was truly an amazing competition.

Check the website the first of the year for the guidelines for the 2016 competition, which is open for submissions January 15, 2016.

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Chris Coward is the chairperson for the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition, a member of the FWA Board of Directors, past FWA president, and co-leader for FWA’s Oxford Writers critique group. She has ghostwritten for presidential appointees and CEOs, headed corporate marketing departments, edited national magazines, and taught college English. She has an MA in English (concentration in professional writing and editing) from George Mason University and a BA in philosophy from the College of William and Mary. Stone Perfect, her debut novel about two nerds, a girl, and a sexy sociopath who square off in a perpendicular universe, is a 2012 first-place RPLA winner, science fiction.

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