The Florida Writers Association, Inc., (FWA) announced that JC Gatlin won two prestigious Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA). Gatlin ’s winning entry, H_NGM_N: Murder is the Word, won the Gold award for Published Mystery and Crime Fiction and 1st Runner-Up for Book of the Year.
The award was announced at FWA’s annual award banquet held on October 19, 2019 in Altamonte Springs, Florida. This annual competition, now in its eighteenth year, received 513 qualified submissions.
“This is the most competitive RPLA we’ve ever had,” said Chris Coward, RPLA chairperson. “The RPLA administrative team, judges, and entrants did an amazing job.”
In all, the competition covered 28 adult genres and 5 Youth genres, with published and unpublished entries considered separately.