Creative Director Wins International Writing Contest

Creative Director Wins International Writing Contest

Kristen Salustro, who lives and works in Chicago, US, as a creative director, has won an audiobook production in the Page Turner Awards. This was announced at a glittering online ceremony, where Paul Michael Glaser from Starsky and Hutch fame was a special guest to announce the winners.

The Page Turner Awards, sponsored by ProWritingAid and Campfire, offers authors, writers, and screenwriters the chance to enter the first 10 pages of their writing project, where a judging panel of literary experts and film producers will read the work.

Cause of Death: ??? is described as: When a soul is taken before its time, Death sets out to find the culprit before the world falls apart. Nothing says "hurry up" like a looming apocalypse!

Salustro wrote Cause of Death: ??? because the idea for the book would not leave her alone. When walking one day, she wondered what would happen if Death showed up to reap a soul, only to find that someone else had already done the job.

The plot twisted a bit from that initial thought before becoming the final book, but it was one of those thoughts that took root in the brain and refused to leave until it was written down. It's a weird, strange story, but one that Salustro had a lot of fun writing.

See more about Salustro and her winning submission:

Salustro said: “What I like most about Page Turner Awards is that they actively encourage you to check out other entrants' works, and not be afraid to engage with them. Since everyone has submitted a sample of their writing, that means you get to see their projects and speak directly to them.”

She added, “Most contests are much more closed off than that, but the Page Turner Awards feel more like they're trying to foster a community in addition to running their contest. I never imagined this weird little thought I had would turn into something this big, and I really can't express how much that means to me. Thank you, Page Turner Awards.”

This year aspiring writers walked off the red carpet with life-changing prizes. One new unpublished writer won literary agency representation, while a screenwriter won literary management. Another new writer won a publishing deal, seven independent authors won an audiobook production from Spectrum Audiobooks, plus one other won a publishing package (including an edit, book cover and book trailer), and another author won a book adaptation.

The Page Turner Awards winners can be found here:

Submissions for the 2022 Awards will open in January 2022. Find out how you too can enter your writing into The Page Turner Awards: