Suzette Martinez Standring won First Place in the Unpublished Essay category in the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition sponsored by the Florida Writers Association.
“The Height of Power: Petite Women Speak of Stature,” shares the experiences and challenges of women, 5-foot-3 and under, who successfully navigate the world at armpit level. The essay encapsulated the concept for Standring’s current book project, which offers studies, statistics and research as well as essays by petite women on business, dating, health, travel and fashion. The essays are at turns, comical and poignant, but always practical and insightful.
Award winners were announced at the FWA conference on Oct. 23, 2010, in Lake Mary, Fla. The essay can be read on her website www.readsuzette.com. Standring was 2004-05 NSNC president and chaired the 2006 NSNC conference, in Boston.
“The caliber of writing is very high in the FWA so it was a real honor to win. A publisher and literary agent have both expressed interest in my book project, and I’m thrilled,” said Standring who lives near Boston. Her book, The Art of Column Writing won first place in the published educational book category for the 2008 Royal Palm Literary Awards.