2021 Screenplay Award Finalists

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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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Nick Walsh Walsh for "Cryin' Times"

Nick wrote his first screenplay over 20 years ago using Syd Field's book as a reference and it won 2nd Place Runner-up at the Austin Film Festive. He didn’t write another until he retired from the construction business five years ago and got a Master Screenwriter Certificate after attending

DAWNMERRIMAN Merriman for "Marked by Darkness - Book 1, Maddison, Indiana Supernatural Thrillers"

Dawn Merriman writes creepy small town murder mysteries, but nothing too graphic. (She likes to sleep at night.) Dawn Merriman grew up a small town farm girl on a small time pig farm in Indiana. She spent her young adulthood sitting on her bedroom floor scribbling stories into notebooks. She won the

Laurie Jameson Jameson for "The Waystation"

Laurie Jameson is an administrative paper-pusher by day, a writer by night, and a self-proclaimed book hoarder. While freely admitting she’s a book addict, it’s not an admission of guilt, but rather a badge she proudly displays for all the world to see. (One can never have too many book cases and

ColinSands Sands for "The Book of True Fathers"

I’ve been a secret scribbler for most of my life. I lived in and around Belfast for thirty-five years before moving away. My wife and I were Romeo and Juliet over there, just another Irish couple where we live now, our Scottish born children unaware of the resonance of their surname. Back then we

Norman Whaler Whaler for "Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge - The sequel to A Christmas Carol"

Norman Whaler is a multi-award winner from Grosse Pointe, MI, USA. With over 120 awards for his children's books, Norman focuses on positive messages, some on serious topics and some that are just about fun. He is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), IAN, and IBPA

belefant Belefant for "Nobody Dies Until The Very End (And Even Then It's Okay)"

When Brian Belefant was seven, his best friend Steve got him one of those cardboard rocket kits for his birthday. Brian followed the directions meticulously and when the rocket was completely assembled, he invited all of his friends and family to the baseball field at the elementary school to

meganmontgomerywrites Montgomery for "Well...That Was Awkward"

Megan writes happily-ever-afters for unlikeable female heroines, with an extra protein shake of humor. Her debut novel, WELL . . . THAT WAS AWKWARD was inspired by her homesickness for southern Maryland. She now lives on the prairie with her husband, son, and mom. When she’s not writing, reading

Steve Bennedik BENNEDIK for "Muse"

I am a journalist who worked for Newspapers and now Television news. This is the true story of Kathleen Newton and her relationship with three men. The Doctor she was sent to India to marry, the Naval Officer she fell in love with on the voyage, and the Artist who immortalised her on her return

Brian Morrow Morrow for "Earth's Dumbest Boy"

Brian Morrow has been writing and performing sketch comedy, improv, and stand up in Chicago for over a decade. He graduated from Conservatory and Musical Conservatory programs at Second City, Chicago, as well as the University of Oklahoma with BFA’s in Acting and Stage Management.

NoorFranssen Franssen for "Shifter: The Six Inventions Pilot Episode"

I began making films as a student, revelling in being both playful and serious as we figured out filmmaking through trial and error, and progressively felt that I wanted to focus on screenwriting. I did an MA Film with Practice and I have since had the pleasure to learn from some fantastic industry

claire partin Partin for "Good Enough"

CLAIRE PARTIN is a storyteller, artist, writer, lyricist, song improvisor and actor living in West Hollywood, California. She recently co-wrote the musical “Heartland” with composer Kat Zimmerman about an Amish teen who moves to the big city only to have his American dreams dashed when he witnesses

KelseaMacKay9 MacKay for "Win"

Kelsea is Ryerson Media Production (RTA) student with an interest in novel writing and screenwriting. Growing up with adhd and anxiety, she rarely saw herself reflected on the pages in young adult literature, especially dystopian. She is passionate about writing stories that don't shy away from

Lise Pearlman Pearlman for "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Suspect No. 1 -- The Man Who Got Away"

PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR LISE PEARLMAN is a former trial lawyer and judge and nationally recognized speaker whose books have won multiple awards in the categories of law, U.S. History, multicultural nonfiction and social change. Her latest book is The Lindbergh Kidnapping Suspect No. 1 -- The Man Who

Shelagh Mazey Mazey for "LEGACY OF VAN DIEMEN'S LAND"

Shelagh Mazey lives in a thatched cottage in Hardington Moor, Somerset. Since retiring from the NHS she has written an ongoing saga of regional historical romantic novels, commencing in 1830 and leading up until 1876. Her first story, Brandy Row is a pastoral tale involving smuggling, set on

Shelagh Mazey Mazey for "BRANDY ROW"

Shelagh Mazey lives in a thatched cottage in Hardington Moor, Somerset. Since retiring from the NHS she has written an ongoing saga of regional historical romantic novels, commencing in 1830 and leading up until 1876. Her first story, Brandy Row is a pastoral tale involving smuggling, set on

Regitze Ladekarl Ladekarl for "Moments of Livvy"

Regitze Ladekarl crafts universal stories from everyday lives with an honest and sharp pen, and MOMENTS OF LIVVY, her debut novel, is such a story. She has been featured with shorter pieces in I’LL HAVE WEDNESDAY, Volume 4, ONTHEBUS, Not The Last Issue 23, and the forthcoming ONTHEBUS, Issue 24. She

ThrillerWriter Webb for "Ghost (The Justice Chronicles Book 1)"

Michael Jack Webb graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida and obtained his J.D. from the same university. Over the past forty years he’s travelled the world in search of adventure. He’s a history buff, both ancient and modern, and is fascinated by the intersection of the scientific