FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.:  The Florida Writers Association, Inc., (FWA) has announced East of Evil won two prestigious Royal Palm Literary Awards.

East of Evil won the Silver Award in the categories of unpublished Mystery or Crime, and unpublished Thriller or Suspense. 

The awards were announced at FWA’s recent remote awards ceremony. This annual competition, which received 422 submissions, was RPLA’s twenty-first.

“The quality of work submitted to our contest in this challenging year was simply amazing,” said William Opperman, RPLA chairperson. “To be singled out for an Award is a true achievement.”

In all, the competition covered 28 adult genres and 5 Youth genres, with published and unpublished entries considered separately. There were four grand awards, as well.

  • Published Book of the Year: The Awakening of Jim Bishop: This Changes Things, Mainstream or Literary, by Ben Sharpton
  • Unpublished Book of the Year: My Daughter’s Mother, Women’s Fiction, by Daphne Nikolopoulos
  • Best Children’s Book: Nobody Kills Uncle Buster and Gets Away With It,Middle-Grade Fiction, by Susan Koehler
  • The Candice Coghill Memorial Award for the best youth entry: “Icarus,” Unpublished Poetry, ages 16 to 17, by Isabel Mestey-Colon

“It is our sincere wish that all RPLA awards help the winners to market their manuscript or published book. We also hope that the detailed feedback from the judges, which all entrants receive, is useful, as well,” Mr. Opperman said.

The Florida Writers Association, 1,600 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is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in its members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive written assessments for all entrants.

For additional information, visit the FWA website at floridawriters.org, where you’ll also find more about RPLA and the complete list of 2022 winners.

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