Argo Award

SCWG Annual

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.

2023 Argo Award


The 2023 Argo Award winner has been announced. Please join us in congratulating Jay Heavner!

2023 Argo Award Winner

Jay Heavner

At the Space Coast Writers Guild October 2023 meeting, the winner of the 2023 Argo Award was announced, The Guild congratulates Jay Heavner on receiving this prestigious award for his novel Going to the Dogs. Jay is an extremely prolific writer and deserves this honor. Please join us in welcoming Jay to the exclusive ranks of Argo Award winners!

Previous Winners

2022 –James R. Nelson, Fatal Assumptions

2020 – Linda ZernKeeping the Strandline.

2019 – Mark LyonsOnly 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 are generally taken between June 1 and August 31 of each year, must include the author’s name, address, phone, email, book title, and year published.

The submissions are reviewed and scored by three judges. An engraved plaque, along with a $250 check and a copy of Don Argo’s novel Canaveral Light, is presented at the October SCWG meeting.


  • 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 Cynthia Hall at [email protected] 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 [email protected].
  • 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.

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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.

The Space Coast Writers Guild, Inc. (SCWG) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization located in Brevard County, Florida since 1982. Annual dues are $40. Monthly meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 1 PM at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Avenue, Melbourne, Florida
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