Nominations Sought For Lifetime Literary Achievement

Tampa, Fla. (October 14, 2009) – Gov. Charlie Crist in March 2010 will present the first Florida Lifetime Literary Achievement Award to honor a living, nationally and internationally known Florida author. The annual award will recognize a distinguished body of work that has had major influence on the lives and thinking of Florida residents.

January 4, 2010 is the deadline for nominations, which may be made by publishers, agents, book sellers, or colleagues knowledgeable about the author’s accomplishments and influence. The author’s work can be academic, fiction, or nonfiction – or any combination of the three. Self-nominations will not be accepted. The honoree must be a writer living in Florida; residency will be determined by Florida driver’s license, voter address, and/or IRS filing.

“This award will honor authors who have dedicated their lives to telling Florida’s stories and inspiring readers throughout our world,” Crist said. “Florida’s beautiful landscape and diverse cultural influences create a rich environment that has inspired a wide variety of writers.”

The Florida Humanities Council will oversee the nomination process and convene a panel of judges who will recommend the award winner to the Governor. For details and a nomination form, visit the Florida Humanities Council Web site.

For more information, email Jon Wilson at the Florida Humanities Council.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 224 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


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