Congratulations to winners, and a son!

At the annual FWA conference earlier this month, two members of our Orlando Area Writers Group won Royal Palm Literary Awards.

The first went to member Robyn Weinbaum and Gene Hodes, who won the Honorable Mention (3rd Place) award in the Published Thriller category for their novel, Mastermind.

Member Dan Anderson received two awards at the conference. His Bad Vibrations, won First Place in the Published Mystery category, while his recently completed manuscript Death Cruise (forthcoming, 2009) received a First Place finish in the Unpublished Mystery contest. This was the third literary award for Bad Vibrations, which was previously recognized as best new novel in the RockWay Press International Writing Competition and as the Third Place finisher in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category of the Lighthouse Book Awards Unpublished Novel Competition.

In addition to the award winners, we also congratulate member Lara Zielinsky’s son, John Harry, who was selected to go to Japan with the People to People Student Ambassadors program. John Harry has started a blog (with a PayPal donation button) to help raise money for the trip—he needs to raise $1,000 a month, for a total of $7,000, by May 31. To help her son’s efforts, Lara is also contributing proceeds from the sales of her short story “So Many Ways” toward his trip. To purchase the story, visit Lara’s blog at her Web site, and scroll to the entry for Monday, November 17, 2008.

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November 25, 2008. Announcements, Member Information.

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