2021 Writing Award Longlist

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2021 Writing 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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Cathy Davis for "Jump Line"

Through the necessary pursuit of supporting myself and my family, the driving forces have been to do what I can to make the world a better place and survive financially; occasionally these two goals have been compatible. I was lucky enough to be college educated with a degree in history and minor in

Steven Mitchell for "Moss"

Becoming a rock star was always the ambition of Steven. He dreamed of touring the world, being mobbed by fans and living in a vast LA mansion. However, as the years accumulated and his band broke up, he pined for a new creative outlet. He signed up for a Creative Writing course at a local college

Jackie Kowalczyk Kowalczyk for "The Depths of Deception"

Jacqueline Kowalczyk is a member of Jericho Writers and is currently working through their Ultimate Novel Writing Course. In April 2021, her first children's book was published by Carl Ed Schunemann KG in Germany, but her heart belongs to thrillers. She's writing a thriller/psychological thriller

K.A. Dowd for "Lost Wanderer"

I find wonder in how our world works through studying the past to predict the patterns of our future. This might be due to my first passion and career as a weather forecaster, but it certainly does make life more interesting when I’m not hunched over my computer, madly typing to pin down my

Morgan Tucker for "The Vision Casting Chronicles"

Morgan is an African American woman of Caribbean descent from Los Angeles, California. She grew up reading young adult fantasy but longed to cheer on a protagonist who looked like herself. Morgan holds a degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. She hopes her writing will

Rob Silver for "CHOKE"

I live in Surrey with my wife and two young children, and work as a freelance Producer/Director for television. I'm a voracious reader, particularly crime and thriller novels.

Deb Campbell for "The Star"

I’ve changed careers a number of times – from youth work and complementary health to copy-writing and PR. This, and my wonderful grandchildren, have provided much inspiration over the years for stories, and since 2020 I've been lucky to have had two stories make the Page Turner Awards longlist and

nicktaylorbuck Taylor Buck for "Into The Green"

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

Steven Brody for "WHEN WE SEE LAND"

I am a native of Sheffield, though I grew up largely in the United States. I studied law at Stanford University and now split my time whenever possible between Los Angeles, where I practise criminal defence, and Europe (London and Athens), where most of my family still live. I’m a lover of languages

STEVIE TURNER for "His Ladyship"

Stevie Turner is a British author of Romantic Suspense, Humour, Paranormal, and Women’s Fiction (family dramas). She won an inter-schools' essay competition at the age of 11, and this gave her encouragement to write further. She is a cancer survivor, and still lives in the same picturesque village

Ruth Millington for "Aftershock"

Ruth Millington is an award-winning writer, passionate adventure world traveller, and creator and host of Ruth Millington's Extreme Holidays Podcast which was rated in the top 10% of podcasts worldwide within two weeks of its launch in September 2021. Read it here: https://bit.ly/39mltgK She has a

Siobhan Bell for "Inventing Carla"

Siobhan Bell is a young Scottish artist, creative mind and author whose work probes the complexities of personal choice, identity, mental health, and family relationships in our modern world. Her family moved multiple times as she grew up which engrained in her a love of travel and exploration. Her

Claire Stibbe for "No Good Lie"

Claire is an award-winning blogger at Bookpreneur. Originally from Norfolk, UK, she now lives the US. Having lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico for twenty-seven years, she has worked with victims of domestic violence, helping women to survive the aftermath of abuse. Member: Graduate of Albuquerque

KIM GOTTLIEB-WALKER for "Lenswoman -- a Romance of the 1960s and '70s"

Kim Gottlieb-Walker is an American photographer and writer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Over the past 50 years, she has built a distinctive portfolio that includes some of the most notable musicians and personalities of the '60s and '70s. A graduate of UCLA with honors in Motion Picture

Alice Deby for "The Finder"

Alice Deby is a debut author who loves retro rom-coms and writing all night. A former teacher and magazine editor, she now writes full-time, with an ambition to deliver many books for many readers. In 2021, she was Highly Commended in the Page Turner Awards, and a prize winner in the Romance Writers

Louise Mangos for "Six Fatal Flaws"

Louise writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, which have won prizes, placed on shortlists, and have been read out on BBC radio. Her short fiction has appeared in more than twenty print anthologies and magazines. Some of these are also online, links to which can be found on her website. She

EMountford Mountford for "The Boy who Never Slept"

I'm crazy about writing, technology and quantum physics. I spent over a decade running a youth group, writing code in my day job and novels at night. This is what I love, but there's something more important. I want to get a message out to people who've been through the mill, the ones who weren't

Patrick Joseph King for "On the 24th of April at St. Julien"

Patrick Joseph King (PJK) is a novelist and short story writer living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has worked as a street cleaner, bartender, English teacher, and director of employment programs. Five of his short stories have either won or placed in Canadian Short Story contests. He

Kelly Adam for "Fight by Night"

I am an unpublished Australian novelist living in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. I work full time in the family business and am a mum of three. I've studied at The Writers' Studio and The Australian Writers’ Centre and now I'm working with American editor Emily Heckman.

Virginia Tell for "Terre Ferme"

Virginia Tell grew up in a small town south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and her stories draw upon the life experiences of her ancient grandfather and father, master storytellers. They passed down the oral history of a people who faced the extraordinary challenges of life in Deep South Louisiana, a

Lucien Elliott for "The Last Word"

Lucien Elliott spent the better part of the last decade in and out of courtrooms as a practicing criminal defense attorney. A recent career move to an administrative position has allowed him to become a legal professional by day and writer by night. Lucien has loved reading mysteries and thrillers

Rachel CHAUNDLER for "Rifted"

Born in Scotland, I live in Spain, where three of my children’s picture books, Mariluz Avestruz (2007), Rita (2007) and Macario Dromedario (2008), have been published by OQO Editora. Over the last decade, I have contributed to scores of articles about Spain in The New York Times, covering topics

Hayley Chow for "Codename: CNDRLA"

Hayley Reese Chow is the author of Odriel's Heirs, the 2020 winner of the Florida Author Project. She also has short and flash fiction featured in Lite Lit One, The Drabble, Bewildering Stories, Teleport Magazine, and Rogue Blades Entertainment’s anthology, As You Wish. Until recently though, she’s

Jaya Padmanabhan for "Bloom of a Drunken Coconut"

Jaya Padmanabhan is a journalist and columnist, writing the “In Brown Type” Sunday column for the San Francisco Examiner. Her byline can also be found in PBS Next Avenue, Forbes, Medium (Elemental and The Bold Italic), and India Currents. Jaya's collection of short stories, "Transactions of

Morris Panych for "POSTHUMOUS"

MORRIS PANYCH Morris Panych (born 30 June 1952) is a Canadian playwright, director and actor. He was born in Calgary and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, now making his home in Toronto. He studied at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and the University of British Columbia where he received a

David Lea for "Home to Roost"

Having retired from teaching, I have spent much of my spare time writing, hopefully learning from my mistakes and discovering how much I enjoy the writing process, despite its many frustrations. I have been successful in several competitions, mainly in writing Flash Fiction, and my play, "So Quick"

Mark Brewster for "Charlie Dormer and the Sleep Tsunami"

I am a first time author and a full time surgeon. Around ten years ago, I had an idea for an alien world accessed through a child's dreams. Bit by bit the idea grew and I needed to get it out of my head and onto paper. Over the last two years I've had the opportunity and the time to realise this and

Victoria Osborne for "Milady: Cry of a Lily"

I’ve seen my writing performed on stage and screen! I’ve worked in tv script departments as storyliner, script editor, and writer. My Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing led to two novels on Amazon, one of which was Commended in the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished

Amanda Mack for "What Ever Happened to Troy Demetri?"

Amanda Mack currently resides in Savannah, Georgia where she works in a law office to support her cat, Frankie, and provide her with all of the things she never had growing up. She kept most of her writings to herself until the age of fifteen when she became the youngest staff writer for The Ring

DavidCallinan Callinan for "Or Else She Dies"

I am Anglo-Irish and have variously been a musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist and in a band supporting acts such as Elton John, Rod Stewart, Gerry Rafferty and many others. I co-wrote a Celtic rock opera for the Edinburgh Festival. As well as this, I have been a journalist, editor and PR

Simon Michael for "The Semi-Detached Women"

I am a former barrister who was published here and in the US 30+ years ago (WH Allen, Grafton and St Martins Press). I turned to full-time writing when I retired in 2016, since when I have had a series of six legal crime thrillers published by Sapere Books, the seventh due out this autumn. They

Rebecca Danzenbaker for "The Color of My Soul"

Rebecca Danzenbaker is a member of SCBWI and IWWG. Her manuscript, The Colors of My Soul has been long-listed for the Chanticleer CYGNUS award. While running her award-winning photography business in Ashburn, VA, she has published articles in Click Magazine and Macaroni Kid. When she's not editing