Next Lakeland Writers: 11/16, 12/14, 1/18

This year was a fabulous FWA Annual Conference. As a volunteer, I worked in Interviews…where attendees schedule interviews with agents and industry experts. We had 159 total interviews in 3 days. Crazy!

We also had a bookstore, book signings, genre breakfasts, awards, and John Gilstrap as our Keynote Speaker. We were fed 3 square (plus) meals a day, had a “coffee shop” and rubbed elbows with writers of every type of genre.

And, I have to offer kudos: if it weren’t for the Lakeland Writers members, I wouldn’t have won 1st Place Unpublished Biography/Memoir…and 4th Runner Up Overall Unpublished Books! What a great honor and I am proud of our group!

So get ready for 2017…and take a peek at the winners in all categories!

By the way, November will be a NaNoWriMo workshop…so if you are participating in National Novel Writing Month or just a work-in-progress, bring your laptop for our annual write-in.

2016 Royal Palm Literary Award: Who Won?

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2015 royal palm literary awardWoohoo! 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RPLA is a service of the Florida Writers Association that recognizes excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive feedback for all entrants.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 the 392 in 2015. And because at least three judges reviewed each entry, the 168 powerhouse judges worked very, very hard.

Getting ready for next year? The submissions window is January 15 – April 30, 2017. (Note: earlier closing date!) Guidelines will be posted at the first of the year.

Below are the lists of winners, with loglines. Thanks for your interest. Congratulations again, everyone.

  1. #1 by bj6225 on October 24, 2016 - 2:06 pm

    Congratulations, Alison! Well done!

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