Some congrats are in order for GateHouse News Service, niche and Patriot Ledger columnist Suzette Martinez Standring. From a news release:

Suzette Martinez Standring won first place in the Unpublished Essay category in the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition sponsored by the Florida Writers Association. "The Height of Power: Petite Women Speak of Stature," shares the experiences and challenges of women 5'3" and under who successfully navigate the world at armpit level. The essay encapsulated the concept for Standring's current book project, which offers studies, statistics and research as well as essays by petite women on business, dating, health, travel and fashion. The essays are, at turns, comical and poignant, but always practical and insightful.

Award winners were announced at the FWA conference Oct. 23 in Lake Mary, Fla. The essay can be found at www.readsuzette.com.

"The caliber of writing is very high in the FWA, so it was a real honor to win. A publisher and literary agent have both expressed interest in my book project, and I'm thrilled," said Standring, who lives near Boston. In 2008, her book "The Art of Column Writing" won first place in the published educational book category for the RPLA.

See more of Standring's work here.