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Nominate someone now for the 2013 Kaye Coppersmith award

April 5, 2013

kayeA year ago today, our friend Kaye Coppersmith passed away. Kaye’s passing left a huge hole in FWA. If you don’t count her as a friend, it’s only because you didn’t know her. To know Kaye was to be her friend.

Kaye was an FWA Regional Director, creator and coordinator of FWA’s Editing Service, creator and designer of FWA’s t-shirt program, as well as personal editor and mentor to hundreds of writers across the state. She was a guiding force behind the Tampa FWA critique group. And she was a ray of sunshine at every meeting, mini-conference, and conference she attended.

Kaye Coppersmith will be forever remembered as the welcoming arms of FWA.

In Kaye’s honor, the Board of Directors of FWA created the Kaye Coppersmith Award, to be given annually at the conference. This award is given each year to someone who exemplifies Kaye’s passion to live the FWA motto, “Writers Helping Writers.” Each year, FWA membership can nominate the person they feel best carries on Kaye’s passion and enthusiasms. At the end of the award period, the FWA board reviews the nominations, and selects a winner. The nominations are cleansed of specific identifying information, so the winner is chosen based on the nomination, not on friendships or individual relationships.

Leona Bodie received the first Kaye Coppersmith Award at last year’s conference. The time has come to solicit nominees for this year’s award. If you know someone who truly embodies the FWA motto of “Writers Helping Writers,” submit them to win this year’s award. Any FWA member is eligible.

Please click here to complete the form to nominate this year’s candidate.

To everyone who has a passion for being a writer who helps other writers, a small piece of this award is yours, regardless of who wins it. You live out the vision that made Kaye such a pleasure to be around and work with.

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One Comment
  1. April 5, 2013 9:25 am

    She was a super lady and a great friend.

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