Island Origins 2020 Charlie Awards

The Caribbean Lifestyle Quarterly Won a Charlie (Gold) for Best Writing for an Editorial overall, and Silver for Best Overall Writing in a Consumer Magazine 20k and Under 

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (July 24, 2020) – Caribbean-American lifestyle quarterly Island Origins Magazine can now boast six lifetime wins, after snagging two new Florida Magazine Association awards this July. The wins mark the publication’s first gold placement, and fourth silver trophy emblazoned with the Charlie Awards insignia. The honours are revered because they recognize the best among all participating magazines in the state of Florida.

Going for Gold

Sixth Florida Magazine Association Award

For Health and Strength,” a revealing opinion piece on the importance of care for our own mental health won Island Origins its first Charlie (gold) award. The article by publisher Calibe Thompson placed first among all state submissions. The personal insight earned the judges’ comment, “Brava for opening the curtain to her own struggles and tying them seamlessly to the magazine’s content and cover story.

The magazine won its fourth silver award for Best Overall: Writing in the category of consumer magazines printing 20,000 units and under. This award is a testament to the work of the entire editorial team. 

About the Awards

Known as the Charlies, the annual awards are the Florida magazine industry’s top prize and were presented virtually on Friday, July 24, 2020. Honorees are chosen by a group of leading writers, editors, designers, and educators outside of the state.

Launched in June 2017, Island Origins Magazine is a Caribbean American lifestyle print publication primarily distributed in South Florida. ​It is produced quarterly by Island Syndicate​and appeals to a diverse, sophisticated mainstream audience​. Learn more at

About Island Syndicate

Island Syndicate is a creative agency that produces exceptional content and unforgettable experiences. The team offers publishing, photography, graphic design, videography, event production, and other branding and marketing services, to discerning clients. Its proprietary flagship offerings include Caribbean American lifestyle magazine “Island Origins”, nationally syndicated culinary and travel series “Taste the Islands”, an annual culinary event “The Taste the Islands Experience”.


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