Welcome, Published & Unpublished Writers: Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part post about FWA’s Royal Palm Literary Award competition, we discussed how RPLA benefits writers at all stages of their writing journey and the value of the feedback offered to every entrant. In Part 2, here, we discuss who your judges and administrators are, how we deal with disparate scores, how we review completed rubrics, how you can suggest new genre categories, and more. So here goes. First, the judges and administrators: Our judges are … Read More »

Welcome, Published & Unpublished Writers: Part I

Quick! Where are you on your writing journey? Unpublished? Undiscovered? Famous? Beginner? Advanced? Are you where you want to be? Enter FWA’s Royal Palm Literary Awards competition (RPLA), and you’ll discover some surprising benefits. I should know; I’ve been on both sides of the RPLA desk multiple times. I’m Chris Coward, 2015 RPLA Committee Chairperson and an RPLA first-place winner. Also a multi-time RPLA loser. I learned a lot from winning—how rewarding our passion for writing can be and how … Read More »

RPLA and You

“Are you entering the Royal Palm Literary Award competition for the first time?” I asked. “I am. I’m so excited,” the aspiring novelist said. “Do you know how they choose a winner?” “The one with the most points wins, I guess.” This brief conversation happened following a writing group meeting a couple of weeks ago. It might help those of you considering participating in the competition to understand how you will be judged. Your work will not be viewed in … Read More »

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