Argo Award

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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.

READ Argo Award Submission Rules & Guidelines.

2021 Argo Award


It could be you. Or you. Or even YOU! The winner of the 2021 Don Argo Award will be announced at the October 16 meeting. Stay tuned right here for continuous updates.

2020 Argo Award Winner

Linda L. Zern


The winner of the 2020 Don Argo Award has been announced! At the October 17 meeting, Ashley McGrath made the presentation to Linda Zern, who is now the first, two-time winner of the award. Linda won the Argo Award for her latest novel, book 3 in the Strandline Series, Keeping the Strandline.

Searching for “beautiful and impossible” things one word, one story, one genre at a time.

The author lives, works, and dreams in Central Florida.Born in Florida, raised on sunshine and bug spray, I read every cereal box I could find and every book I could get my hands on, and when other people’s books ran out, I started writing my own.

“I write because there can never be too many good books or the people who love them.”

Linda L. Zern

Previous Winners

2019 – Mark Lyons,  Only in Florida: Mosquito Lagoon.

2018 – Linda Zern, The Gryphon’s Glade.

2017 – Dianna Narciso, Bury Me

2016 – Cindy Foley, The Truth Lies…a Florida Saga

2014 – Ruth Rodgers, Reparation

2013 – Marshall Frank, The Upside to Murder

2012 – Elaine Viets, The Dead-End Job series

2011 – Mark Mynheir, The Night Watchman

2010 – Don Argo, Canaveral Light

Argo Award 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 the author, address, phone, email, book title, and year published) are being accepted from June 1 through August 22, 2021.

The submissions will be reviewed and scored by three judges. The Don Argo Award will be presented at the October 16, 2021 SCWG meeting.

The winner will receive a $250 check and an engraved plaque.


  • The book may be Fiction or non-fiction (no poetry or children’s books).
  • The book must have been published not more than two years immediately prior to the submission deadline.
  • The book must be set substantially in Florida.
  • The entrant must be a member of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild. Brevard County residents who are not Space Coast Writers’ Guild members may submit their work, along with a $40 non-refundable entry fee, which will earn them one full year of SCWG membership. Contact SCWG President Joanne Fisher at for more details.
  • Submit the first 50 pages (8.5″ by 11″ paper format, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, 12 point font size) by email to
  • Only one submission will be accepted per SCWG member.
  • Winners from the past three years are not eligible.
  • The decision of the judges is final.

Join the Guild

Annual dues are $40. Monthly meetings are held the 3rd Saturday of each month at 1 PM at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Avenue.

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