2021 Screenplay Award Longlist

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

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Jason Tostevin for "A Lullaby for Night"
Genre: Thriller

Jason is a writer and filmmaker best known for his short genre work, which has been awarded and screened around the world and featured in outlets from Short of the Week to The New York Times. In addition to his creative work, he is popular indie film advocate, called "a kind of indie prophet" by

Jon Plant for "MYTOPIA - Pilot Episode - "Are you watching closely?""
Genre: Sci-fi

Jon Plant was born in Sheffield in the North of England, spending much of his later life in and around London. He exhausted ambitions to be a pastor, teacher, lawyer, architect, journalist and marine-biologist before completing a master’s degree in chemistry. In his early twenties, Jon finally

KARAN TALWAR Talwar for "Colorado Caliber"
Genre: Drama

Film has always been a passion for Karan dating back to growing up in his late Grandfather’s video shop. His Grandfather's love for film became his passion. Initially working with MADE from 2016; a charitable organization with an overall vision to contribute to reducing discrimination against BAME &

nicktaylorbuck Taylor Buck for "The Tunnel"
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian and Futuristic

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

Emily Messina Messina for "Old Millennial"
Genre: Drama

Emily is a NYC-based writer who loves a good story and is fascinated with the psychology and sociology behind why people do the things they do. She likes cats, drag, tacos and most importantly, TV.

Michael Lucid Lucid for "Lady Reporter"
Genre: Drama

Michael Lucid is an LGBTQ comedy writer for film and TV. He was a story developer for "Drunk History" on Comedy Central, and a sketch writer for the CBS Diversity Showcase. He also worked for 5 years as a comedic web series writer/producer for World of Wonder (producers of the Emmy-winning "RuPaul's

alexbalassa Balassa for "Dear Eszter"
Genre: Drama

Alex Balassa is an Award-winning content creator/producer/director with 25+ years of experience in the entertainment industry. Well-versed in all aspects of international film and television production. Highly- skilled team leader who contributed to hundreds of projects, specializing in Latin

Cal McGhee McGhee for "Eve"
Genre: Thriller

I am an Irish LGBT author/screenwriter and full-time development assistant with over 7 years experience in the film and TV industry. I live for writing genre; mainly psychological thrillers, metaphorical horror, and grounded sc-fi, but am also drawn to comedy and gritty kitchen sink drama. Ryan

SandyNicholson Nicholson for "The House of Saints"
Genre: Horror

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

Phil Vengrinovich for "Regarding the Pain of Others"
Genre: Comedy

A Russian born living in the US, I am a data engineer by trade and have worked in tech for the last 10 years. I tend to focus on stories that echo the issues that I am facing personally.

Scotch Wichmann for "Dark Silo"
Genre: Thriller

SCOTCH WICHMANN is a writer/director, performance artist, comedian, hacker, and occultist in Los Angeles. Co-nominated for Best Comedy and Best Stunt at the Hollywood Fringe, Scotch attracted a swarm of press from CNN, NPR, and the NY Times after launching METH COFFEE, a cracked-out coffee brand

Matthew Neff for "The Tortoise"
Genre: Drama

Matt graduated from Missouri State University with an MA in Professional Writing. In the summer of 2020, he was one of six writers selected for Debatable Production's Fellowship for Writers Under 25, where he workshopped his pilot for Good Lord with Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh. Most

Allie Jennings Jennings for "You Should Have Read My Screenplay"
Genre: Thriller

Allie Jennings is a Los Angeles-based improviser, actress and writer. Before the pandemic she was a house performer and writer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. In addition to being a two-time semi-finalist in ScreenCraft’s Comedy Pilot competition she also wrote the award-winning short film

Jason Ruscio Ruscio for "Have Mercy"
Genre: Drama

Jason studied film at NYU, where his thesis film won 'Gold Prize' at the Student Academy Awards. He has written & directed award-winning feature films, which have shown at festivals around the world and have been theatrically released. His yet to be produced screenplays have received much industry

Peggy Hanna Hanna for "Under 'S' for Sucker"
Genre: Drama

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

Ward Crockett for "Samantha"
Genre: Animated

Ward Crockett is a writer/director and freelance film/video editor. His award-winning short films have screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival, Oceanside International Film Festival, H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, and Macabre Faire Film Festival. His editing credits include the feature

TinaBeattie Beattie for "The Good Priest"
Genre: Suspense

Why do I write? "What good is love if it is not shared?" (from "This Bitter Earth" by Dinah Washington) Writing - like love - is nothing if it is not shared. Even the most private diary has an audience - an other to whom it is addressed. To write is to make words flesh, to take them out of the realm

ddalton Dalton for "Winter War"
Genre: Historical Fiction

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.

Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel for "Flying Bird's Diary"
Genre: Historical

Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel (MOHEGAN) was trained in Mohegan traditional knowledge by Medicine Woman Gladys Tantaquidgeon (1899-2005). She currently serves her tribal nation in the traditional roles of Medicine Woman and Tribal Historian, in addition to her job as Creative Media Liaison

Maria Sanchez Sanchez for "Too Done"
Genre: Drama

Born in Wisconsin, USA, to Spanish parents, raised between California and Spain, in Madrid I lived Spain’s transition to democracy, was a racetrack jockey, and obtained a Biology degree. At 23 I moved to Santa Cruz, California, and earned an M.S. in Marine Sciences. I worked for Fish and Wildlife

Maria Sanchez Sanchez for "I'll Be You"
Genre: Drama

Born in Wisconsin, USA, to Spanish parents, raised between California and Spain, in Madrid I lived Spain’s transition to democracy, was a racetrack jockey, and obtained a Biology degree. At 23 I moved to Santa Cruz, California, and earned an M.S. in Marine Sciences. I worked for Fish and Wildlife

Christianne Robinson Robinson for "Hedged"
Genre: Thriller

Christianne is an attorney in Houston, Texas. She enjoys words, happy hour, cheese, cars, and Longhorn football. Currently, she lives with her husband and their cat Batman; soon they will be adding a Great Pyrenees puppy to the family.

Pavan Grover for "Oz"
Genre: Sci-fi

Born in a small village in India, I came here at a young age. I have a unique perspective on the human condition through my passion for writing and as a medical doctor. My dream is to produce a tv series for a global audience and am always striving to improve my craft. I’ve written a produced film

Nick Walsh Walsh for "Cryin' Times"
Genre: Drama

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

LM Latham Latham for "Shoot The Savage"
Genre: Historical Fiction

I'm a journalist and editor whose work has regularly appeared in top international publications, including the New York Times, FT, Sunday Times and Wall Street Journal. I have a degree in literature and film. Naturally terrified of risk but always on the hunt for a good story, I've trekked in Tierra

LM Latham Latham for "Vixen: Gladiatrix"
Genre: Action Adventure

I'm a journalist and editor whose work has regularly appeared in top international publications, including the New York Times, FT, Sunday Times and Wall Street Journal. I have a degree in literature and film. Naturally terrified of risk but always on the hunt for a good story, I've trekked in Tierra

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

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

Brian Morrow Morrow for "Earth's Dumbest Boy"
Genre: Childrens

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.

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

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

JAlexander Alexander for "The Choice"
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian and Futuristic

James Alexander has always had a deep fascination with science fiction and fantasy. As an avid fan of all things extra-terrestrial, he’s passionate about crafting unique and thrilling stories that bring the universe and its mysterious inhabitants to life. In his spare time, James enjoys exploring

Robbie Robertson Robertson for "Rare as Red Hair"
Genre: Drama

Robbie Robertson is a playwright, screenwriter and graduate of the University of South Carolina and UCLA’s professional screenwriting program. Robertson’s first comedy, MINA TONIGHT! was published by Samuel French and has been produced in regional theatres across the US. His most recent play, a

Christian Delavie Delavie for "Sand Runner"
Genre: Drama

Christian Delavie's writing credits include "Bleeding Horse" which won the Award of Merit at Accolade Global, and "Night Light" which won best foreign comedy horror at The International Horror Hotel. His other feature screenplays; "Sand Runner" and "Sons of Liberty" both reached finals and