Monday, November 6, 2017

Local Writer Deborah Shlian Wins Prestigious Award, Announced at 2017 Florida Writers Association Conference

The Florida Writers Association, Inc., (FWA) has announced that DEBORAH SHLIAN of BOCA RATON, FLORIDA won a prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA). SHLIAN’S winning entry, SILENT SURVIVOR  won  FIRST PLACE for UNPUBLISHED THRILLER.
The award was announced at FWA’s recent four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida. This annual competition, which received 431 submissions, was RPLA’s sixteenth.
“This is the most competitive RPLA we’ve ever had,” said Chris Coward, RPLA chairperson. “The RPLA administrative team, judges, and entrants all did an amazing job.”
In all, the competition covered 26 adult genres and 15 Youth genres, with published and unpublished entries considered separately.
 “A win at any level can help any writer market their manuscript or published book, and the detailed feedback from the judges is invaluable for all entrants,” Ms. Coward said.
DEBORAH SHLIAN is a physician as well as an author of fiction and nonfiction. She has won FIRST PLACE ROYAL PALM LITERARY AWARDS for 3 of her published novels as well as a GOLD MEDAL for the FLORIDA BOOK AWARD for her novel “Rabbit in the Moon” co-written with her husband.
The Florida Writers Association, 1,500 members strong and growing, is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that supports the state’s established and emerging writers. Membership is open to the public.
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is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive written assessments for all entrants.
For additional information, visit the FWA website:, where you’ll also find more about RPLA and the complete list of 2017 winners. Or, contact for details about Deborah Shlian.

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