Robert Taylor’s manuscript, Ping Pong with the Aga Khan, has won first place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition for an unpublished memoir. The winners were announced October 20th at the 2012 Florida Writer’s Association Conference. Robert attended the 2011 Taos Summer Writers’ Conference where he won the Barbara Robinette Moss prize for his essay Beauty in Pakistan: Hidden and Revealed. He also attended Debra Monroe’s Masters Class where he introduced a first draft of his memoir. “Debra’s guidance and the tough love of my classmates were exactly what I needed at the time,” he said. “They hammered me with ‘Yes, Robert, but how did you feel’ until my nerves were raw.” He’s now hoping to attract a literary agent and publisher.