10/26/16: St. Petersburg, FL. The Florida Writers Association, Inc., (FWA) has announced that Bria Burton of St. Petersburg, FL won a prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA). Bria’s winning entry, Little Angel Helper, won Third Place for Published Novella.
The award was announced at FWA’s recent four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida. This annual competition, which received 479 submissions, was RPLA’s fifteenth.
“This is the most comprehensive and 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In all, the competition covered 26 adult genres and 15 Youth genres, with published and unpublished entries considered separately. There were four grand awards, as well.
The Published Book of the Year was Mud, a Fantasy submission by E.J. Wenstrom.
The Unpublished Book of the Year was Cleaning House, a Mainstream/Literary entry by Jennifer Boddicker.
The Dahris Clair Memorial Award for plays went to Bill Dougherty for Shinyo Maru.
The top award for Youth, the Candice Coghill Memorial Award, was given for “She comes home,” a poem by Sarina Patel in the 12-15 age category.
“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.
“This is my third Royal Palm Literary Award, but my first for a published work. I’m thrilled,” Ms. Burton said.
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is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive written assessments for all entrants.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: floridawriters.net, where you’ll also find more about RPLA and the complete list of 2016 winners. Or visit www.briaburton.com for details about Bria Burton.
FLORIDA WRITERS ASSOCIATION
“Writers Helping Writers”
Contact: Chris Coward
FWA Website: www.floridawriters.net