‘City of Grudges’ finalist for state literary award

My novel ‘City of Grudges’ has advanced from semi-finalist to finalist for the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Award in the published book-length mystery genre category. The winner will be announced in mid-October. Wow.

Here’s the email:

Hi Rick,

CONGRATULATIONS! Your entry, City of Grudges, a published book-length mystery genre category, is a finalist for the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition! This means that it could win an award— if it earns one of the top three scores within the genre.

A lot has been going on with RPLA: the competition has grown in both size and reputation, and the entries are increasingly professional. It’s an understatement to say that competition is stiff, and we are pleased to announce the entry cited above is a finalist.

Attached is the 2018 RPLA electronic finalist badge. Tell the world and please feel free to use it with pride. You may post it on your website, blog, or email signature line – wherever you wish.

When will we know who the winners are? Their names will be announced for the very first time during the RPLA Awards Banquet, Saturday, October 20th. This is during the annual Florida Writers Conference. At the Banquet, the excitement is palpable, and if you’’re one of the lucky ones whose name is called, you don’’t want to miss your moment in the spotlight.

Within 30 days after the Banquet, your rubrics will be emailed to you. We hope that you’’ll benefit from the thoughtful feedback from the judges.

On behalf of Chris Coward, the RPLA Chairperson, and the entire RPLA team, thank you for entering FWA’’s Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. Woohoo, you’re a finalist! See you at the conference!

Su Gerheim
Florida Writers Association