FYA Youth Programs

The Florida Writers Association Youth program is for writers in middle and high school. We help young writers, regardless of their socio-economic condition, achieve more in school and in life. We believe all children should have a chance to live out their dreams. So we foster creativity and mutual support through our network of writers, teachers, poets, editors, publishers, and agents.

FWAY offers a variety of programs to help young writers advance in their careers.

Annual Florida Writers Youth Conference

October • Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs

This day-long conference, held in conjunction with the FWA annual conference, offers top-notch teaching by a variety of industry professionals. The Youth Royal Palm Literary Awards are presented at this event. See Florida Writers Youth Conference.

Youth Royal Palm Literary Awards

The Royal Palm Literary Awards is Florida’s premiere writing competition. FWAY members receive one free RPLA entry. All entries receive objective and constructive written assessments. Entries are accepted starting February 1. See the RPLA page at FWA’s website.

Florida Writers Association Collection

Every year, the Florida Writers Association produces an anthology of short stories written by members. FWAY members are eligible to enter the competition for this collection. No entry fee. Competition opens February 1. See the Collection page at FWA’s website.


Membership in the FWA Youth program is $15 per year, which includes a subscription to The Florida Writer magazine and one free RPLA entry. See the Membership page at FWA’s website.