Elaine Person: Person Extraordinaire

Every year, the Florida Writers Association asks for nominees from the membership for various recognitions. These recognitions are named in honor of members in memorial for their specific type of service. Any Florida Writer member can nominate a member for the award. Nominations are accepted between April 1 and August 31; winners are announced at the FWA annual conference.

THIS YEAR’S WINNING NOMINEE for the KAYE COPPERSMITH AWARD IS ELAINE PERSON: Poet and passionate teacher of all things words. Her award-winning poetry and short stories are featured in many collections around the world.

Elaine’s short story “Soul Search” is also in the Top Ten, number five, in the 2022 FWA Collection Number 14, Thrills and Chills.

Elaine also won awards at the Florida State Poets Association the previous weekend.


“For her kindness, support, and warm encouragement to both seasoned and new members, Kaye Coppersmith will always be remembered as the welcoming arms of the Florida Writers Association.

Each year we are proud to honor the memory of Kaye by recognizing one member out of the hundreds of members who embody the motto of the Florida Writers Association (FWA): “Writers Helping Writers.”

A committee reviews nominations, and top-ranking entries are submitted to the Board of Directors for blind judging.” 

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