Royal Palm Literary Awards History

The Dahris Clair Memorial Award recognizes the top-scoring Royal Palm Literary Award entrant in the screenwriting genre.

dahris clair

Dahris Clair was a dynamo who established the FWA writers group in New Port Richey, coordinated mini-conferences and local writing contests, and published the monthly e-zine The Infinite Writer. Dahris was the winner of the 2008 FWA’s President’s Award and at the age of 75, published The House on Slocum Road, a fictionalized account of her ancestral family in New York.

Dahris sang and played the organ in church and was active in community theater. Her most cherished role was that of Mame, the lead in the musical that ran to rave reviews in 1984 in Coral Springs, Florida. FWA will continue to honor Dahris each year with this special award announced during the Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet at the Florida Writers Conference.

The Candice Coghill Award is given to the Youth Royal Palm Literary Award winner who receives the highest number of points.

Candice Coghill

This award was established in memory of Candice Coghill, who was an active member of Florida Writers Association, a youth writing advocate, and a tireless contributor to the writing community.

Candice wrote two novels, had started a book for first-time cancer patients, and was published posthumously in My Wheels: Florida Writers Collection, Volume 4.

Candice, an instrumental force behind the formation of FWA’s Youth Writers program, passed away in the fall of 2012.

Royal Palm Literary Awards: Past Winners

 2021 Royal Palm Literary Awards

2020 Royal Palm Literary Awards
2019 Royal Palm Literary Awards

2019 Youth Royal Palm Literary Awards
2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards
2018 Youth Royal Palm Literary Awards
2017 Royal Palm Literary Awards 
2017 Youth Royal Palm Literary Awards
2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards
2016 Youth Royal Palm Literary Awards
2015 Royal Palm Literary Awards

2015 Youth Royal Palm Literary Awards
2014 Royal Palm Literary Awards
2013 Royal Palm Literary Awards
2012 Royal Palm Literary Awards
2011 Royal Palm Literary Awards
2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards
2009 Royal Palm Literary Awards
2008 Royal Palm Literary Awards
2007 Royal Palm Literary Awards
2006 Royal Palm Literary Awards