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Local writer Linda Sexton wins prestigious award.

PRESS RELEASE: November 9, 2022, Fernandina Beach, Florida.

The Florida Writers Association, Inc., (FWA) has announced that Linda Sexton of Amelia Island, Florida won a prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA). Sexton’s entry, The Branches We Cherish: Twenty-Five Truths about Open Adoption, won the GOLD award in unpublished nonfiction educational genre. In addition, it placed second runner-up for the grand award of unpublished book of the year.

The awards were announced at FWA’s recent awards ceremony. This annual competition, which received 422 submissions, was RPLA’s twenty-first. “The quality of work submitted to our contest in this challenging year was simply amazing,” said William Opperman, RPLA chairperson. “To be singled out for an Award is a true achievement.”

The competition covered 28 adult genres and 5 Youth genres, with published and unpublished entries considered separately. Visit the FWA website at, to find more about RPLA and the complete list of 2022 winners.

The Florida Writers Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization supporting established and emerging writers and membership is open to the public. Information aboutAmelia Island Writers, the local chapter, is at


For additional information on the topic of open adoption or to request Sexton as a speaker, please visit her contact page.

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