Who deserves the FHC Lifetime Achievement Award?

The Florida Humanities Council is looking for its next honoree.

click to enlarge Who deserves the FHC Lifetime Achievement Award?
Cathy Salustri

Michael Gannon. Carl Hiaasen. Patrick SmithEnid Shomer. Janet BurrowayGary MorminoDavid KirbyEdna Buchanan.

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.



About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
Scroll to read more Local Arts articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]