FLAC Co-Sponsors New Annual Florida Book Awards

Written by Richard Mathews

The Florida Literary Arts Coalition is a founding co-sponsor for an important new initiative on behalf of literary arts and reading in Florida. This fall it has helped to launch the First Annual Florida Book Awards, the most comprehensive competition of its kind ever undertaken in the state and an all-around celebration of the year's best books by Sunshine State authors.


Coordinated by the Florida State University Program in American and Florida Studies, the first-of-its-kind contest is co-sponsored by more than a dozen high-profile humanities organizations from around the state. It seeks submissions penned by new and established authors alike in seven categories ranging from poetry to popular fiction to young adult literature. The distinguished judges are scholars and literary luminaries from FSU and other Florida universities and from co-sponsors including FLAC, Florida Center for the Book, State Library and Archives of Florida and Florida Humanities Council.


John Cole, director of the Center for the Book at the U.S. Library of Congress, calls the Florida Book Awards the most comprehensive initiative of its kind in the country.

Contest guidelines, entry forms, and lists of sponsors, jury members and key contacts on the Florida Book Awards, are available through the FSU Program in American & Florida Studies website,

Last Updated ( Jul 23, 2008 at 12:35 AM )