2021 Screenplay Award Finalists

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2021 Screenplay Award finalists. Please join us in congratulating these aspiring screenwriters by leaving them a comment at the bottom of their finalist submission (click 'see more') or join in the discussion in our finalists' forum.

The finalists' listed below are shown in random order for all screenplay categories, which include, Film Script, Documentary, TV Series, Short Film, and Book Adaptation Needed. Wherever you see two of the same face, it's not a mistake, those writers are to be applauded for having more than one submission reach the finals!

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Katherine Blessan for "More than Conquerors"

Katherine Blessan is the author of the novel Lydia’s Song: The Story of a Child Lost and a Woman Found about two women’s lives touched by the injustice of child-sex trafficking in Cambodia. She is also a short story writer and an emerging screenwriter. As well as writing, she is the director of an

Brian Bossetta for "$old "

Brian Bossetta is a native of New Orleans, a die-hard Saints fan, a frequent consumer of classical music, jazz, dark beer and Scotch — a photographer, a woefully average guitar player, avid runner, dog lover and eternally struggling writer still trying to determine if writing the great American

Sandy Nicholson for "The House of Saints"

Originally an influential epistemologist, Sandy spent three years working with survivors of domestic abuse, and learned how valuable storytelling can be in helping people to understand complex emotional issues. He wrote a short film campaign for the charity Women's Aid, and became a professional

Joe Heath for "Road Trippy"

On a website on the internet there lived a Joe. Not a hot, caffeinated Joe, splashed with cream and a roasty smell, nor yet a cotton-eyed Joe with over-played lyrics and a catchy beat: it was a writer Joe, and that means humor. Or something. Joe Heath writes, directs, films, produces, and acts in

Nick Taylor Buck for "Legacy"

Nick’s writing journey was unusual. Invited onto the set of a high profile TV show, he witnessed the power of storytelling and was completely hooked. Nobody was more surprised by this than him, and in the last two years he has written a novel (placed 2nd in a national competition), a short story

Nick Taylor Buck for "The Tunnel"

Nick’s writing journey was unusual. Invited onto the set of a high profile TV show, he witnessed the power of storytelling and was completely hooked. Nobody was more surprised by this than him, and in the last two years he has written a novel (placed 2nd in a national competition), a short story

Chris Ridley for "BODY PARTS"

Photographer for many years in media and industry. Thought Body Parts a fascinating subject. Link to short film via website.

Gharavi Gharavi for "FOROUGH: A LONELY WOMAN"

Born in Tehran, Tina Gharavi is a BAFTA-nominated, award-winning TV and film showrunner and director initially trained as a painter in the United States later studying cinema in France. Her debut feature, I Am Nasrine, a coming of age story of two teenage Iranian refugees, was nominated for a BAFTA

Virginie Bonfils-Bedos for "Backbone"

​French-born, I moved to London twenty years ago​. I discovered ​there ​my writer’s voice​ and love of storytelling​. A passionate reader ​of all kinds of literature,​ I like creating in different genres for books and screenplays- both in French and English (why not?).​ I first wrote The Fog

Elizabeth Bailey for "The Lady Fan Mystery Series (Book One, The Gilded Shroud)"

Elizabeth Bailey grew up in Africa on a diet of unconventional parents, theatre and Georgette Heyer. Eventually she went into acting and trod the boards in England until the writing bug got to her, when she changed to teaching and directing while penning historical romances and edgy women’s fiction

EJ Scrimger for "Sleeping Beauty's Prince"

I am a big fan of 'What If?' This simple question has led me on many adventures. What if I moved to California from Maine? Nope! I am such an East Coast girl. What if I moved to Virginia from Maine? Yup! That's where I met my husband and started my next adventure (3 kids, 30 years and counting). We

Christopher Aronsten Aronsten for "Fanny Scat Investigates"

Chris is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (BA, Screenwriting) and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (playwriting studio). His short film, Call Waiting, won the Best Screenplay Award at the 1998 British Short Film Festival. Television credits include Going Home

Christopher Aronsten Aronsten for "Serenity Now"

Chris is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (BA, Screenwriting) and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (playwriting studio). His short film, Call Waiting, won the Best Screenplay Award at the 1998 British Short Film Festival. Television credits include Going Home

Simon Frederick for "The Untold Tale of Morgan Berkeley"

Simon Frederick (the other one) I work in feature film/TV production/development, and a writer of film, TV and content. Aiming for the writer/director/producer triptych, but mostly focussed on screenwriting. I moved to London in 2015 after realising my master's in Biomechanics was more likely to be

Meghan Thompson for "A Lady Among Lions: New Blood"

Meghan Thompson’s passion for writing began under the mentorship of journalist James Fallows for whom she worked on his book Breaking the News and at U.S. News and World Report. She has provided political research to Wall Street; been a public relations consultant; the agent and manager of a four

C. F. Barrie for "HALIFAE"

C.F. Barrie is a blooming screenwriter whose whimsical coming of age fantasy drama pilot placed in the Chicago, Portland and LA Screenplay Awards earlier this year. Recently, she completed UCLA's Professional Screenwriting Program (2020) after a cosmic detour took her down a yogic rabbit hole. While

Grant Eustace for "Treason"

The screenplay of one feature-length true story, "Treason", is under contract to a company that was closely involved with "The King's Speech". A second, "The Tinman", is being moved towards production by the great-grandson of the central character. Four others, as well as four fictional pieces, are

Peggy Hanna for "Under 'S' for Sucker"

The mother of five children, Peggy and her husband served over 25 years as a therapeutic treatment foster home (lots of stories) and then adopted their last four foster children. "Under 'S' for Sucker" is based on one of those stories. Peggy is a peace activist, ran for state and federal political

Geoff Hill for "The Butler's Son"

Geoff is a critically acclaimed bestselling author and award-winning journalist based in Belfast. He's won multiple national and international awards for feature and travel writing. In a previous life, he was Ireland's most capped volleyball player and a much younger man. He’s a motorbike columnist

Martin Keady for "MAN OF COLOUR"

(From my website: http://theshakespeareplays.com/) Martin Keady is an award-winning dramatist, journalist, poet and lyricist. As a dramatist, his major credits include: Man of Colour, a biopic of Walter Tull, one of Britain’s first black professional footballers who subsequently became a hero of WWI

Jennifer Le Roux for "Life After Baby: Sausage Promise"

A professional digital writer for more than a decade, after a late diagnosis of ADHD Jennifer returned to screenwriting in 2019 to unleash her superpowers; superior verbal skills, hyperactive productivity and limitless perspective. Jennifer writes female-dominant and neurodiverse character-led

Marcus Ashley for "2 6 8, Part 1: Sam"

Marcus just can't resist information. Though a dangerously time-sucking proclivity in the age of Google, as a general rule if it exists he is curious about it. Also he reads other stuff. You know, books and such. Therefore he's chock full of arcane data which is, let's face it, mostly useless

Chaitania Hein Hein for "Ursula and Our Conversations, the Nazi era"

Chaitania Hein is a performance artist, writer, director, therapist, and teacher. She started her professional career in Opera Ballet at age 14. She attended RADA, London, the Herbert Burghof School of Acting, NY, and has performed on Broadway and in Summer Stock Theatre. She then studied Directing

Anne VanDeuson for "The Peace+Wielder"

Writer, poet, artist. I'm a historian with a taste for techno, a renovator lady handy with tools, and a nature-loving mother of one human and four fur-babies. Along the way, I've been a military spouse, ran a cleaning business, lived on a farm, and adopted a child -- in no particular order. And

James Kahn for "Liars and Thieves - Matamoros Pilot Episode"

My first career was as an Emergency Medicine Physician, but I began writing science fiction novels during my training, leading to the World Enough and Time trilogy, published by Del Rey. I went on to have a successful career as a novelizer, including such works as Return of the Jedi, Poltergeist

Yellowleess Douglas for "Heir Apparent"

I attended NYU's Institute for Film and Television. My short story, "I Have Said Nothing" was selected for a Norton Anthology. In 2019, I received a fellowship to the Stowe Narrative Labs, and one of my projects has won the Big Apple Film Festival, been a finalist for a 2020 ScreenCraft Fellowship

Jennifer Le Roux for "To Be Honest: Lifetime on the Hips"

A professional digital writer for more than a decade, after a late diagnosis of ADHD Jennifer returned to screenwriting in 2019 to unleash her superpowers; superior verbal skills, hyperactive productivity and limitless perspective. Jennifer writes female-dominant and neurodiverse character-led

Deborah Dalton for "Winter War"

D. Dalton is an award-winning novelist and an optioned screenwriter, who has a passion for historical fiction placed in the real world. She also hosts the podcast Dark Kingdom Arts, which is a fun adventure into how-to-write and the pitfalls that popular movies, books, and TV shows often make.

Lynwood Shiva Sawyer for "Cryptolantes"

I was born a vagabond spirit and have yet to learn the meaning of “comfort zone.” My life has been and continues to be sui generis. All that follows is a standard literary CV for an extremely non-standard career. ***** In high school, I was an editor of the underground paper, The Charlotte

Cam Caddell & Kendall Ruhnow for "Lucent"

Since their meeting as teenage theater nerds nearly ten years ago, Cam Caddell and Kendall Ruhnow have been best friends and creative partners. Their collaboration has spanned novels, scripts, and the rush of combined minor social media fame. Lucent has also received accolades from Scriptapalooza

Peter Gajdics for "The Inheritance of Shame"

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

Brad Brookes for "Stacks"

Brad Brookes is a writer based in the South West of England and a recent graduate with distinction of Falmouth University's MA Writing for Script and Screen programme. He started out at the BBC, scripting and directing promos across network. Since then he's worked as a freelance copywriter across