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New Person of Renown for FWA Collection: Edna Buchanan

September 30, 2012

(Blogmaster’s note: Okay, so I spoiled the surprise with the headline, but it’s a big surprise. I couldn’t help myself.)

The theme is “It’s a Crime.” We’re talking about the next book in FWA’s Collection series. This short story competition sponsored by the Florida Writers Association offers a way for FWA members to be published and to grow their writing skills.

Each year, the contest has a theme, and submissions may range from fiction to nonfiction to poetry. Judges choose 60 stories for publication, and the Collection’s Person of Renown chooses his or her favorite ten to appear at the front of the book.

In order, Persons of Renown have been Suzette Standring, Eliot Kleinberg, Bruce Cameron, and—this year—Julie Compton. Originally, R.J. Ellory was to be the POR for Collection #5, but because he had to withdraw, FWA has found someone else.

Someone intriguing.

Someone who knows crime.

Someone who:

  • Won the 2012 Florida Heritage Book Festival’s Literary Legends Award
  • Won a Pulitzer Prize for General News Reporting
  • Won a George Polk Award for lifetime achievement in journalism
  • Became the first woman in Florida assigned to cover the police beat fulltime
  • Reported on more than 5,000 violent deaths, as well as countless kidnappings, riots, fatal fires, major plane crashes, and other disasters—before turning to fiction
  • Was dubbed “the queen of crime” by the Los Angeles Times

Did you guess Collection #5’s Person of Renown?

If you guessed Edna Buchanan, you’re right. Who better than someone who applied her crime-reporting experiences to writing nonfiction books, two of which were made into movies for CBS television?  Who better than someone who then turned to fiction, receiving two Edgar Award nominations and introducing readers to gutsy reporter Britt Montero, the lead character in a number of her mysteries? Who better than the author of A Dark and Lonely Place (her latest book), a romantic thriller combining fact and fiction and taking place in Miami’s present and past?

For additional information, check Edna’s website. And be sure to attend the Collection #5 kickoff during the annual Florida Writers Conference.

Florida Writers Annual Conference

Writers, do you have an idea for a story about crime? Edna is famous for her opening lines—can you write an opening that grabs the reader like “He died hungry”?

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2 Comments
  1. September 30, 2012 10:20 am

    I love her site! Can’t wait to participate in this!

  2. September 30, 2012 2:44 pm

    Very well written.  Thank you.   Ms. Karen Bain Local FL: 561 310 6236 kbain10@yahoo.com

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