Sunday, April 18, 2010

Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) Competition


The Florida Writing Association 2010 RPLA writing competition is underway, and they will be accepting entries postmarked through July 16.

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a service of the Florida Writers Association, and it was established to recognize excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing blind, objective, and constructive written assessments for all entrants.

They offer awards in 25- genre categories, and they judge published and unpublished works separately. That means there are 150 possible awards, plus special awards for Published Book of the Year and Unpublished Book of the Year. The awards are given at the RPLA Banquet, which is the highlight of FWA’s three-day annual conference. This year, the conference will be held October 22-24 at the Orlando Marriott, Lake Mary, Florida. The banquet will be October 23.

For additional details on the RPLA, please check out the Entry Package posted on the FWA website: http://www.floridawriters.net. This package provides instructions, genre-category descriptions, FAQs, and entry forms. Not an FWA member? No problem. Entrants may join FWA and enter the competition at the same time. The website will tell you how.

There is an entry fee to cover FWA’s administrative costs, but the fee goes up after April 30 (when the early-bird special expires), so entrants save a little if they submit before then.

The Florida Writers Association is a nonprofit trade association with more than 1,000 members, primarily in Florida but also from other areas around the country.

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