2021 Writing Mentorship Award Finalists

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Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2021 Writing Mentorship Award finalists. Please join us in congratulating these rising stars 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.

And 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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Alex Johnson for "Three Paths Home"

Alex Johnson has enjoyed a passion for history, anthropology, and mythology from a young age. He believes that an ontological study of stories and mythology can help orient oneself as part of the universal history of humanity. Alex obtained a bachelor's degree in History from Cal Poly, San Luis


Rosemary Hayward is a British transplant to California where she has spent the last twenty years helping Americans do their taxes, growing from parenthood to grandparenthood and learning to write fiction. In 2017 she self published Margaret Leaving, the story of Jenny North's search for her step

JOHN ADAMS for "Marriage of Convenience"

Having left school, John was convinced he was going to change the world. Instead he spent four years drifting between dead end jobs. After a strange experience on a beach in Egypt, John decided to go back to college and retrain as a journalist. One of John's English teachers at school had said he

Candace Cox for "The Todd Family"

After graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in English I began my career as a writer in public relations and advertising. Several years later I decided to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University (in the top five in the US) and financed my education by

Stewart McLeish for "MONGOL"

I was born in Great Britain, a long time ago, then emigrated to Alberta Canada. My wife and I are now retired and living in the South Okanagan, BC Canada. I am in the process of writing 3 fictional books - a collection of short stories, a spy thriller and an historical novel. I have always been

Holly Gross for "Almost Happy"

Holly Gross recently completed a year-long Writer’s Intensive Program at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was the recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant awarded by the Minnesota State Arts Board and is currently in the process of completing her first memoir. Holly lives in

Planaria Price for "Before McDonalds Ate Europe"

After graduating from UC Berkeley and earning a Master’s Degree in English Literature from UCLA, Planaria Price taught English as a Second Language to adult immigrants in Los Angeles. She has written several ESL textbooks on folktales and lectured at numerous conferences. In addition to this

Gillian Kobiela for "Squirrel Seeds"

Hello, I'm delighted to be sharing some of my writing at The Page Turner Awards this year. I hope that you enjoy reading my stories as much as I have enjoyed writing them. I have been writing stories since I was a child. At age 40, I finally decided that I wanted to do something with the piles of

Charlotte Evans for "Dating Your Way To The One"

Growing up I’ve always been very empathetic, often feeling strong emotions of friends, family and those around me as if they're my own. When I write I love to dig into these emotions, drawing upon experiences of both deep happiness and despair. Working part time, whilst raising my young daughter

Wendy Turner for "Have you met your Father?"

Welcome to Wendy's World of Adventures. I wanted to capture the moment in every person's history, the death of your parents. The opening chapter sets the story around a series of imaginary conversations with my deceased Mum. ‘The conversations, although sometimes touching, will take the reader on a

Gabi Connor for "To Dust We Shall Return"

Gabi Connor is an aspiring journalist. She dreams of working in South Korea to cover the North-South Korea situation. She spends a lot of time studying the Korean language in order to be prepared when she moves to study abroad in Korea. Gabi also writes songs and plays the piano and guitar in her

Caroline Rovello for "Waltzing with Words in Lavish Lagoon: A First-Generation Girl's Journey To Self-Love"

Nominee, Harold L. Brown, Award of Excellence. Not long ago, Caroline submitted a first draft to a well-respected screenwriting contest. It placed. This native New Yorker rolled the dice and bet on herself ... "New York is always hopeful. Always believes that something good is about to come off" -

Helen Rowe for "Eliminating British Poverty"

Helen Rowe is an award-winning social researcher, an author and a campaigner. Her expertise in the social housing sector includes campaigns on adult literacy and digital inclusion. As co-founder of the Connected Housing Initiative, she fought to improve Internet access for vulnerable and low-income

Jaidyn Groth for "The Other Side of Sunshine"

Best described as 'a unicorn in pyjamas', I spend most of my days consuming too much coffee, writing contemporary YA, fantasy and murder mysteries and travelling around my home country of Australia. I am lucky enough to be working as a hiking tour guide in the middle of a global pandemic, which is a

Jaidyn Groth for "The Possibility of Rainbows"

Best described as 'a unicorn in pyjamas', I spend most of my days consuming too much coffee, writing contemporary YA, fantasy and murder mysteries and travelling around my home country of Australia. I am lucky enough to be working as a hiking tour guide in the middle of a global pandemic, which is a

Debbie Alty for "Four White Walls"

I have undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and I am currently studying a Masters in Publishing. Story-telling has been embedded into my life from an early age, listening to my parents tell me stories about their lives prompted my interest in

Rebekah Mayes for "Spymaster"

She/her. 22 years old. Australian. Fiction author, mostly fantasy and adventure/action novels but have dabbled in a bit of everything. I want to become a published novelist and make a difference through my writing. Books have had such an impact on my life that it is my dream to continue this cycle

Diane Hopkins for "Chasing Tigers: One Woman’s Search for Her Soulmate"

Diane Hopkins is a nonfiction book writing coach for creative and ambitious women who have transformational stories and expertise to share. She has also helped her clients create powerful speeches as invited keynotes speakers at big events including business conferences and United Nations events

NORMAN MILLER for "The untold story of ‘good’ cholesterol: how it happened, what it is, what you should do about it"

I was born in Liverpool where I had the interesting experience of being a schoolmate of John Lennon. He and I went in very different directions, however, and after graduating in medicine, I sailed to Australia to study for a PhD. This was the start of a career in medical science in five countries

Zara Sekhavati for "Another Iran"

Travel editor for APA Publications (Rough Guides, Insight Guides, Berlitz Guides). Published in National Geographic Traveller, Independent, Financial Times. Winner of the Telegraph's Just Back competition. Currently writing a travelogue about Iran.