Turtle Cove Press

M.R. Street, MPH, MSI, began Turtle Cove Press in 2008 as a home for quality stories, poetry, and memoirs for children, teens, and families. Her first contract was Snowden’s Story, the memoir of Lt. Gen. Lawrence F. Snowden. She counts meeting and working with the General among the highlights and great honors of her life.

Subsequently, she has worked with award-winning children’s authors Susan Koehler and Zelle Andrews. Susan’s debut novel, Dahlia in Bloom, earned a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Her second novel, Nobody Kills Uncle Buster and Gets Away with It, was named Children’s Book of the Year by the Florida Writers Association. Next up for Susan is Charlie’s Song, the sequel to Dahlia in Bloom, which launches in May 2023.

Zelle Andrews’s debut novel for young readers, The Adventures of Surf Dude: The Dog of Ochlockonee Bay, received a gold medal from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association’s Presidents Awards. Surf Dude is based on the true story of a beloved canine vagabond. A portion of all sales supports shelter dogs.

The most recent Turtle Cove Press titles include

  • So Many Animals! — a poetry anthology for children that features 16 authors. The book combines fun poems with coloring-book-style illustrations that encourage a child to explore and enjoy poetry. Received a Mom’s Choice Silver Medal.
  • Queen of the Clouds, a biography of two pioneering women pilots by Taylor C. Phillips, launched in April 2023. This book is for middle-grade through adult, and will be enjoyed by anyone with a sense of adventure, an interest in aviation history, and an appreciation for real-life heroes who reach for their goals against all odds.
  • Charlie’s Song, the sequel to Dahlia in Bloom by Susan Koehler. When Dahlia’s brother Charlie is diagnosed with Scarlet Fever and the Harrell family is forced to quarantine, everything begins to spin out of control.  

In keeping with our philosophy, Turtle Cove Press supports community efforts to nurture authors of all ages. We have worked with the Tallahassee Writers Association to publish four editions of The Seven Hills Review, an annual anthology of winners in TWA’s Seven Hills Literary Contest and Penumbra Poetry and Haiku Contest. Turtle Cove Press also published five annual anthologies of student writing for the Big Bend Area Literacy Council; and published a picture book by Abby Hugill, which she wrote about the importance of bees and bats for her Girl Scouts Gold Award.

If you have work that is consistent with our mission and standards of quality, click here to read about our submissions policy. Browse our award-winning titles here.