don argo award

Don Argo Award

   First presented in 2010, the Don Argo Award recognizes the best in Florida writing by SCWG members in memory of beloved educator, author of Canaveral Light, founding member of SCWG, and longtime Florida resident Don Argo.

   Originally from Arkansas, Dr. Don Argo was a mathematics professor at Brevard Community College (now known as Eastern Florida State College) for 38 years. He was also a founding member and president of the Space Coast Writers' Guild. He received a couple of awards for his historical novel Canaveral Light, which was published in 2001. Dr. Argo passed away from cancer at age 72 on October 19, 2008. He was survived by his wife of 33 years, Kathy; four children; and two grandchildren. 


guidelines & rules


 If you have written a book set in Florida or know of another author you would like to recommend for the award, please see our guidelines.

 Authors may self-nominate or may be nominated by someone else. Submissions (which must include identification of author, address, phone, email, book title, and year published) are being accepted until August 18, 2019. The submissions will be reviewed and scored by three judges. The Don Argo Award will be presented at the October 19, 2019 SCWG meeting. The winner will receive a cash prize and an engraved plaque. 


  • Fiction or non-fiction (no poetry or children’s books)
  • Published within the last two years
  • Set in Florida
  • Entrant must be a member of the  Space Coast Writers’ Guild. Brevard County residents may submit their work, along with a $40 non-refundable entry fee. Payment of this fee will get you one full year of membership in the Space Coast Writers Guild. Contact SCWG President, Joanne Fisher, at for more details.
  • Submit the first 50 pages by email to
  • One submission per SCWG member.

Don Argo award winners


2018 - Linda Zern

The 2018 winner of the Don Argo award is Linda Zern for her novel titled  The Gryphon's Glade

 Cum Gryphae Equis Iungunt: When pigs fly, that’s what Reed Baye Hunter’s family motto means. When gryphons mate with horses, it’s another way of saying “impossible, fantastic love.”

People say that URBAN LEGENDS grow out of a kernel of truth, some small seed of fantastic reality . . .

Reed Baye Hunter comes home from one bloody war, only to discover a more horrific conflict in her own backyard. Ari Ben Warrick, her darkly mysterious neighbor, has answers. Reed needs answers: how is she going to find her missing horse; who is killing her livestock; and what is behind the legend of the ghost lights of 'Taintsville, Florida?

The dark water that slips through the cypress knees of Reed's childhood home bear silent witness to the secrets and myths and nightmares found in the Gryphon's Glade. 


 Dianna Dann Narciso, Bury Me  


 Cindy Foley, The Truth Lies...a Florida Saga 


 Ruth Rodgers, Reparation 


 Marshall Frank, The Upside to Murder 


 Elaine Viets, The Dead-End Job series 



  Mark Mynheir, The Night Watchman


 Don Argo, Canaveral Light