Celebrating the St. Pete Literary Community​

The St. Petersburg Press Roy Peter Clark Award

Roy Peter Clark is an American writer, editor, and teacher of writing who has become a writing coach to an international community of students, journalists, and writers. He is also senior scholar and vice president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a journalism think-tank in St. Petersburg, Florida, and is the founder of the National Writers Workshop. Clark has appeared on several radio and television talk shows, speaking about ethics in journalism and other writing issues.
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What is the RPC Award?

The Roy Peter Clark award – sponsored annually by the St. Petersburg Press – celebrates outstanding contribution to the St Petersburg story, and is presented in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding contribution to the greater St. Petersburg literary community.

Roy Peter Clark is a St. Petersburg fixture. He is known, for good reason, as America’s writing coach.

The St Petersburg Press presents the Roy Peter Clark Award annually to honor Clark and recognize the impact of his career and ongoing community contributions.

What is the award criteria?

Members of the St Petersburg Press Staff,  Roy Peter Clark and the Advisory Board will accept nominations year-round. The board will then vote to determine the recipient of the award. Self nominations are allowed.

Award nominees must:

  • Reside, at least part time, in the Greater St. Petersburg area

  • Be actively involved in the St. Petersburg literary community

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Roy Peter Clark Award Winner

Kelsey Jagneaux – Events coordinator for Tombolo Books


Gabrielle Calise – Culture reporter and storyteller for the Tampa Bay Times

Tyler Gillespie – Prolific reporter, humorist, teacher, and poet

Lori Roy – Award winning novelist, author of several Southern mysteries

Signe Webb – Veteran high school teacher, language arts leader, and published author

Special Tribute to Bob Devon-Jones for his contributions to the cultural life of St. Petersburg


Roy Peter Clark Award Winner

Denzel Johnson-Green – Poet


Peter Kageyama – Novelist, Community Development Consultant

Michelle Jenquin – Owner, Wilson’s Book World

Leonora LaPeter Anton – Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist

Heather Robinson – Media Specialist and Librarian, Pinellas County Schools


Roy Peter Clark Award Winner

Colette Bancroft – Tampa Bay Times Book Editor and author


Eric Deggans – Author and TV Critic, National Public Radio

Alsace Walentine and Candice Anderson – Owners, Tombolo Books

Holly Slaughter – Supervisor of Elemetary Language Arts, Pinellas County Schools

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