Hats Off! to Loren Leith of Andrews who won the prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA). Leith’s winning entry, "Basement Level," won First Place for Unpublished Nonfiction Short Story Genre. The award was announced at the Florida Writing Association's recent four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida. This annual competition, which received 420 qualified submissions, was RPLA’s seventeenth. The Royal Palm Literary Awards competition is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive written assessments for all entrants.