All these Florida writers have won — earned, really — the Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing, and now the Florida Humanities Council — the agency that bestows this award — is on the hunt for its next honoree.
Since 2012 this award has recognized a living Florida author for writing that has influenced Florida and Floridians. Recipients, who must be Florida residents (because duh) may have a body of work from academia, literature, journalism or a mix of several or all these fields.
Anyone — from publisher to friends familiar with a writer's work and reach — may nominate a writer. One caveat: FHC does not accept self-nominations. FHC does automatically consider all past nominees.
"Recognizing the best Florida writers, and especially those who have been outstanding over an extended period, is part of our mission as Florida's premier humanities organization," Florida Humanities Council consultant and member (and a noted author himself) Jon Wilson says. "We hope this award becomes a longstanding tradition, and that a hundred years from now, our first winners will be seen as early 21st-century literary lights."
An independent panel of judges, not the staff of FHC, selects the winner. FHC announces the winner at its April Florida Book Awards banquet.
Read the submission guidelines and download an entry form here.