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Local writer Dr. David C. Edmonds wins prestigious literary award, announced at 2019 Florida Writers Association Conference




October 22, 2019. The Florida Writers Association, Inc., (FWA) has announced that Dr. David C. Edmonds of Tarpon Springs, Florida, won a prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA). His winning entry, THE LESSON OF TWO LOVES: A Peace Corps Story, won the award in the category of Creative-Non-fiction.

The award was announced at FWA’s recent four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida. “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.”

Dr. Edmonds was raised in Louisiana and Mississippi and is a former US Marine, Peace Corp Volunteer, Senior Fulbright Professor of Economics, academic dean, and foreign service officer. His previous three novels—Lily of Peru, The Girl in the Glyphs, and The Heretic of Granada—also earned Royal Palm Literary Awards at the Florida Writers Association.

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is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in its members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive written assessments for all entrants. More information can be found at

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