2021 Book Award Longlist

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2021 Book Award Longlist. Browse through all our 2021 Longlists, and please join us in congratulating these talented authors by leaving them a comment at the bottom of their submission (click 'see more') or join in the discussion in our forum.

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Ian Graham for "Stellar"

Ian Graham is an author, screenwriter, and entrepreneur with an interest in politics, history, and religion. The stories and characters he writes about are centered on the explosive conflicts created when the three intersect. He is a firm believer in being yourself … unless you can be Batman. Always

Seth David Branitz for "The Trouble With Kim: On Transcending Despair and Approaching Joy"

Seth David Branitz has been writing and recording songs as Seth Davis since 2001. He’s the winner of multiple Moth Story Slams and Woodstock StorySlams. He’s read his personal essays to thousands and is a painter, father, began chef and restauranteur. His first book, The Trouble With Kim, is

Ruth A Badley Badley for "Where are the grown-ups?"

Ruth Badley is an author, speaker and ghost writer with a background in drama, education and journalism. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and worked in secondary and further education before establishing a successful career as the arts editor and features writer for a

EmmaCDavies Davies for "Take my hair (but not my humour): One mum's journey seeing off Breast Cancer"

Emma lives with her husband Darren, two young children Toby and Chloe and fur baby Arthur in Devon. Lawyer by day, representing nurses, she is now an author by night, inspiring patients having written and shared her story following an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis in 2019. Throughout treatment

Lilianne Milgrom for "L'Origine: The secret life of the world's most erotic masterpiece"

Lilianne Milgrom is an internationally acclaimed artist and author. She was born in Paris, grew up in Australia, and now lives in the United States. In 2011 she became the first artist authorized by the Orsay Museum in Paris to copy Gustave Courbet’s infamous L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the

pgajdics Gajdics for "The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir"

Peter Gajdics is an award-winning writer whose essays, short memoir and poetry have appeared in Huffington Post (Canada), Maclean’s, The Advocate, New York Tyrant, The Gay and Lesbian Review / Worldwide, Gay Times, Manhattan Book Review, and Brevity, among others. He is a recipient of several

Julie Hall for "Stealing Embers"

Julie Hall is a USA Today bestselling, 12x award-winning author. She writes YA paranormal / fantasy novels, loves doodles, and drinks Red Bull, but not necessarily in that order. Julie's daughter says that her super power is sleeping all day and writing all night... and well, she wouldn't be wrong

knsalustro Salustro for "Cause of Death: ???"

K.N. SALUSTRO is a science fiction and fantasy author who loves outer space, dragons, and stories that include at least one of those things. When not writing or working at her day job, she runs an Etsy shop as a plush maker and makes art for her Redbubble shop, both under the name DragonsByKris.

Laurie Holding for "Planted on Perry Street: A Garden Witch Cozy Mystery"

Laurie Holding lives with her husband in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA, a village not at all like the Greenwich Village described in her first solo cozy mystery, Planted on Perry Street. She is the author of two children's books, Tyrion's Tale and Tyrion's Town, both about her dog Tyrion who is a

AlanDavidPritchard Pritchard for "The Pebble Champion"

Alan David Pritchard is a multi-award-winning novelist, playwright, poet, and creator of poetry videos/films. His novel, ‘The Pebble Champion’ was the WINNER of the Best Book Award at the Miracle Makers International Film and Writers’ Festival, 2021. In addition, it received an HONORABLE MENTION at

Lewis Kempfer for "Don't Mind Me, I'm Just Having a Bad Life: A Memoir"

Lewis Kempfer published his first book, "Don't Mind Me, I'm Just Having a Bad Life: A Memoir," in September 2019. The book has won four awards: the 2021 IndieReader Discovery Category Award for LGBTQ+ Non-Fiction; the 2020 Gold Medal from Literary Titan; and the 2021 and 2020 Silver Medals from

James Walker for "HIT: Once Upon a Field"

James Walker is a journalist and editor with fifteen years of experience writing for print and digital publications. He currently heads up an international team of writers as editor of The Daily Swig, a leading cybersecurity news website with more than 250,000 monthly visitors. This is his fist

Justine Manzano for "The Order of the Key "

Justine Manzano is the geeky author of geeky YA novels The Order of the Key, and Never Say Never. Her fiction is tough on the outside and sweet on the inside, like an M&M or a hard candy with a gooey center, delivered with sass and snark. A freelance editor, she also serves as an Editor-in-Residence

CAROL ANDERSON for "You Can't Buy Love Like That: Growing Up Gay in the Sixties"

Carol E. Anderson is a woman, writer, spouse, coach, and world-class friend who is grateful for the life she’s been given and ever curious about human beings and their purpose on Earth. She is also a former organizational change consultant with 35 years of experience in large and small corporations

Alison Downs for "Ladybird Adrift"

Alison holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, as well as an MA in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Alison's fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared widely online and in print, including in Boink Magazine, Big Pulp Magazine, Meat for Tea: The

lpaglia1 Skinner for "Not All Who Wander Need Be Lost"

Lisa Skinner is a behavior expert in the field of Alzheimer's disease and other related dementia. In the past 25+ years, Lisa has been a community counselor, a regional director of senior care facilities, a trainer, speaker and private adviser; helping thousands of families and caregivers understand

Larissa Reinhart for "The Cupid Caper"

A Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa writes the award-winning Cherry Tucker Mystery, Maizie Albright Star Detective, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. She loves to tell funny stories about sassy, Southern women looking for love (and dead bodies) in all the wrong places. Her books

rachelhomard Homard for "The Green Triangle "

Rachel is an author and stay-home mom in Missouri. After days full of chasing around a four-year-old and his furry, four-legged sidekick with a baby in tow, she puts everyone to bed and writes. Her characters are relatable, and often include romance and as well as honor for the military. Rachel, her

Toni Jones for "The Measure of Ella"

Toni Bird Jones’s love of adventure infuses her writing. She spent years diving in the Northwest’s Georgia Straits before moving to South Florida to pursue a life on the water. While living for over ten years in the sailing community of the Caribbean and delivering boats to the Lesser Antilles

Andrea Wilson Woods for "Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days"

ANDREA WILSON WOODS is a writer who loves to tell stories, and a patient advocate who founded the nonprofit Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, a for-profit, social-benefit, digital health company. With Cancer U, Andrea

Pauline Kramer-Saxon for "Secret Women's Business Lingerie: confessions from the change rooms. A lingerie memoir."

Pauline Kramer Saxon is the third generation of her family to be in lingerie- as it were! Her paternal grandparents were manufacturers in Budapest, Hungary before the Nazis came and changed everything. Having barely survived the holocaust they came to Australia as refugees and set up manufacturing

Justin Warren for "The Lewis Pass"

Justin Warren is a high school teacher who has dreams of one day becoming a full-time novelist. His love for writing came when he picked up a copy of Michael Connelly's Blood Work, and couldn't put it down. Like Connelly, Justin's work has a strong sense of "place," transporting the reader into the

Patti Larsen for "Merry Little Mystic Murder"

Patti Larsen is an international, multiple award-winning writer with a passion for the voices in her head. Now with over 150 titles across a multitude of genres in happy publication around the world, she lives on her beautiful island paradise, Prince Edward Island, Canada, with her abundance of

Hayley Louise Macfarlane for "Prince of Foxes"

Hayley Louise Macfarlane hails from the very tiny hamlet of Balmaha on the shores of Loch Lomond in Scotland. Having spent eight years studying at the University of Glasgow and graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Genetics and then a PhD in Synthetic Biology, Hayley quickly realised that her long-term

Cheree Alsop for "Demon Guard Book 1- Prophecy"

Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling author who has published over 60 books. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her

Patti Larsen for "Family Magic"

Patti Larsen is an international, multiple award-winning writer with a passion for the voices in her head. Now with over 150 titles across a multitude of genres in happy publication around the world, she lives on her beautiful island paradise, Prince Edward Island, Canada, with her abundance of

Michelle Winkler for "Dust on the Altar"

Michelle Winkler was convinced by her husband to live in the Arizona desert. While skeptical at first, she realized if she could survive hitchhiking halfway cross country at 20 years old, spend eight years in the Navy, and raise two sons, as long as she had air-conditioning, she'd probably be okay

Sarah Bruck for "Daytime Drama"

Sarahlyn Bruck is the author of Daytime Drama (2021), which Kirkus Reviews called “A fun, frothy tale that will leave readers excited for a sequel.” Her debut novel, Designer You (2018) won the 2019 Indie Star Book Award and was included on the 2018 “35 Over 35” list. Sarahlyn grew up in California

Nicole Bezanson for "Trip the Light Fantastic"

NICOLE BEA wears many hats in the writing community, from the editor-in-chief of an online literary magazine to acquisition editor with a small press. She has written several novels for middle grade through to adult audiences, and her poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety

Siobhian Hodges for "Killing a Dead Man"

Siobhian R. Hodges is a Young Adult fiction writer based in Leicestershire UK, author of the supernatural thriller Killing a Dead Man and upcoming anthology Untitled Decade. She is now currently co-directing a music video for Killing a Dead Man. The song, “Witness”, is performed by singer-songwriter

Peggy Wirgau for "The Stars In April"

Peggy Wirgau is a Michigan native and now lives in Delray Beach, Florida. She loves true stories from the past and writes through the eyes of ordinary people in history who faced extraordinary challenges and became heroes. Peggy has written for several magazines and is a member of Society of

Robin Farmer Farmer for "Malcolm and Me"

Robin Farmer’s writing projects, including poetry and short stories, focus on girls discovering their voices and advocating for marginalized communities. Adapted from her own screenplay, MALCOLM AND ME, Robin’s debut YA novel is an Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Short List finalist, a 2021 Human Relations