2022 Book Award Longlist

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2022 Book Award Longlist! Please join us in congratulating these rising stars by leaving them a comment at the bottom of their finalist submission (click 'see more'). The finalists' listed below are shown in random order.

Wherever you see duplicate faces, it's not a mistake, that writer, namely Junia Wonders, is to be applauded for having more than one submission reach the Longlist!

To find a shortlisted writer on this page, type either their first name OR their surname into the search box, and they will appear.

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Allison Hong Merrill for "Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops"

Allison was born and raised in Taiwan and arrived in the U.S. at twenty-two as a university student. That’s when she realized her school English wasn’t much help when asking for directions on the street or opening a bank account. By recording each of the classes she took––including physical

Valeria Aloe for "Uncolonized Latinas: Transforming Our Mindsets And Rising Together"

Valeria Aloe is a speaker, award-winning author, and founder of the Rising Together Movement, a global community with the mission of driving economic inclusion and closing the leadership and wealth gaps for Latinas and other women of color. Through in-culture talent development programs, Rising

Maryann Miller for "Desperate Season"

Maryann Miller is an award-winning author of numerous books, screenplays, and stage plays. She started her professional career as a journalist, writing columns, feature stories, and short fiction for regional and national publications. Now she writes primarily mysteries, including the critically

Jennifer Newbold for "The Private Misadventures of Nell Nobody"

I came to fiction writing from a historical perspective, with a belief that history can be immediate and relevant, and that fiction can be a means to making history accessible. But fiction can do so much more, and I'm beginning to explore its breadth and depth in my own writing. I've been a

Christine Hassing for "Hope Has a Cold Nose "

Christine is an exceptional intuitive listener and compassionate mentor with thirty years of experience teaching individuals to find a centeredness in life, in their leadership, and within themselves. A self-employed coach who brings the power of choice, purpose, and hope into the customized

Victoria Gemmell for "Promise Me "

Victoria Gemmell lives in Renfrewshire, Scotland. Her debut Young Adult mystery thriller novel Follow Me was published by Strident Publishing Ltd. in 2015, with her second (stand-alone) Young Adult mystery Promise Me independently published in October 2021. Victoria also writes contemporary flash

Tanja Wijnen for "The Pangolin Killers (Book 1)"

‘The Pangolin Killers’ is a children's adventure story themed on illegal trafficking of African animals, traditional medicinal beliefs, and wet markets. It is the first in a planned 'Into Africa' series. Tanja Wijnen is Danish. She has worked in England as a trademark lawyer, in Egypt and Uganda as

Madeleine D'Arcy for "LIBERTY TERRACE"

MADELEINE D’ARCY is a fiction writer based in Cork City, Ireland. Her linked short story collection, LIBERTY TERRACE, was published by Doire Press in October 2021. Her début short story collection, WAITING FOR THE BULLET (Doire Press, 2014), won the Edge Hill Readers’ Choice Prize 2015 (UK). In 2010

Julie Carrick Dalton for "Waiting for the Night Song"

Julie Carrick Dalton’s debut novel WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG was named to Most Anticipated 2021 book by CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, Parade, Buzzfeed, and others, and was an Amazon Editor’s Pick for Best Books of the Month. As a journalist, Julie has published more than a thousand articles in

Diane Davies for "Jeannie Ann's Grandma Has Breast Cancer"

Diane Davies, award-winning author of Life in the Neck New Friends, Life in the Neck Squirrel Trouble, Life in the Neck Advent of Christmas, and Jeannie Ann’s Grandma Has Breast Cancer, lives in the Neck right next to the animals making their home there. You’ll find her in one of the Neck’s two

Joe Chacko for "The Tender Coconut Tamasha"

Joe Chacko is a doctor turned writer. He was born in India, then moved to the UK after graduating from medical school. After twenty odd years as a hospital doctor, he decided it was time to change tack. His wife convinced him to enter a writing competition at a Scottish literary festival. That pitch

Kaitlin Curtice for "Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God"

Kaitlin B. Curtice is an award-winning author, poet-storyteller, and public speaker. As an enrolled citizen of the Potawatomi nation, she writes on the intersections of spirituality and identity and how that shifts throughout our lives. She also speaks on these topics to diverse audiences who are

Jae Glass for "Undergrounder"

Hello all! I'm Jae, a 30-something writer of Fantasy and Urban Fantasy occupying space somewhere on the East Coast. As a queer woman, I've found myself growing more and more disenchanted and frustrated with the Fantasy genres, so I've set out to change the narrative and write the stories I

Simone Heng for "Secret Pandemic: The Search for Connection in a Lonely World"

Simone Heng is a human connection specialist and former international broadcaster for Virgin Radio Dubai, HBO Asia, and CNBC, among others. She is an accredited certified speaking professional. With over 20 years of experience around the world as a communicator on-air, on stage, and one-on-one

Junia Wonders for "Have You Ever Wondered What You Will Be?"

Junia Wonders is the author of the seasonal bestseller The Roll-Away Pumpkin, which has been translated into six languages. Five of her picture books, namely, The Roll-Away Pumpkin, Zachary and the Great Potato Catastrophe, The Night the Monsters Came, Have You Ever Wondered What You Will Be?, and I

Junia Wonders for "I Love You Through Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall"

Junia Wonders is the author of the seasonal bestseller The Roll-Away Pumpkin, which has been translated into six languages. Five of her picture books, namely, The Roll-Away Pumpkin, Zachary and the Great Potato Catastrophe, The Night the Monsters Came, Have You Ever Wondered What You Will Be?, and I

Junia Wonders for "The Night the Monsters Came"

Junia Wonders is the author of the seasonal bestseller The Roll-Away Pumpkin, which has been translated into six languages. Five of her picture books, namely, The Roll-Away Pumpkin, Zachary and the Great Potato Catastrophe, The Night the Monsters Came, Have You Ever Wondered What You Will Be?, and I

Michael Pronko for "Tokyo Zangyo"

Michael Pronko is a Tokyo-based writer of murder, memoir and music. He’s published four novels in the Detective Hiroshi series, and three books of short writings about Tokyo life. Michael grew up in Kansas City, studied philosophy at Brown University, and then traveled for years, teaching in Beijing

Naomi V. Dunse… Dunsen-White for "Why Am I Here? A Child's Book About Purpose"

Naomi V. Dunsen-White is a children's author who writes books that represent children of Color. She has a passion for closing the diversity gap that exists in the children’s literature industry and believes that ALL children deserve to have books with characters who look a lot like themselves. She

Tom Joyce for "The Missing Peace"

Tom Joyce will neither confirm nor deny having any association with persons, living or dead, that have worked for intelligence gathering agencies, in the United States or abroad, in any capacity. He can, however, confirm that he has spent time in Northern Afghanistan and most of the other places

Tom Joyce for "The Missing Peace"

Tom Joyce will neither confirm nor deny having any association with persons, living or dead, that have worked for intelligence gathering agencies, in the United States or abroad, in any capacity. He can, however, confirm that he has spent time in Northern Afghanistan and most of the other places

Tom Joyce for "The Missing Peace"

Tom Joyce will neither confirm nor deny having any association with persons, living or dead, that have worked for intelligence gathering agencies, in the United States or abroad, in any capacity. He can, however, confirm that he has spent time in Northern Afghanistan and most of the other places

Elise Fender for "The Last Text You Sent"

Elise has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Miami, and a Masters of Education from Harvard University. Elise lives in Nashville with her husband, three small humans, and one small dog. She enjoys hot baths, cold margaritas, and good books. The Last Text You Sent is her debut novel.

Wendy Sanford for "These Walls Between Us: A Memoir of Friendship Across Race and Class"

I grew up in an affluent white suburban family in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. During the socially turbulent time of the 1970s, I became a feminist, a lesbian, and a Quaker. A founding member of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, I co authored and edited many versions of Our Bodies, Ourselves

Jessica Wendi Abel for "The Little Blue Rocket Ship: A Story About Postpartum Depression "

Having experienced postpartum depression herself, and when a second child was on the way, Jessica searched for a children’s book to read with her five-year old son about the changes their family could face. Unable to find a book like this, she decided to write one. Jessica lives with her family in

Julia Tvardovskaya for "Identifiable"

Julia, or affectionately JT, is passionate about using storytelling in print, on the stage, and on the screen to facilitate impact. She believes that telling stories builds connections, grows empathy, and enables a level of understanding that stems from relationships with and investment in

DL Hammons for "Knight Rise"

DL Hammons wrote his first piece of fiction decades ago to impress a girl (he was moderately successful) and never looked back. Growing up as a military brat, DL moved around quite a bit as a kid. After graduating from LSU and raising a family in several southern states, he now makes his home in

Susan L Combs for "Pancakes for Roger: A Mentorship Guide for Slaying Dragons"

Susan L. Combs is President of Combs & Company, a full-service insurance brokerage firm based in New York City. Susan started the company at twenty-six years old with a drive to “Do more, better.” This internal mantra has resulted in numerous successes and firsts, like being named the youngest

Susan L Combs for "Pancakes for Roger: A Mentorship Guide for Slaying Dragons"

Susan L. Combs is President of Combs & Company, a full-service insurance brokerage firm based in New York City. Susan started the company at twenty-six years old with a drive to “Do more, better.” This internal mantra has resulted in numerous successes and firsts, like being named the youngest

Amanda Quisenberry for "The Accidental Virgin"

A lifelong Illinoisan, Amanda cherishes her Midwestern roots, and has deep passion for sports, film, and politics. She earned a BA in journalism from Loyola University Chicago, and currently resides in Champaign where she continues to write and blog. Amanda’s debut memoir, "The Accidental Virgin,"

Victoria Wilson-Crane Ph.D. for "Sixteen Days: A sudden death. What to say? "

Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist, Dr Victoria Wilson-Crane supports adults grieving life losses. Educational innovator and leader, Vic used her academic writing skills and love of words as therapy as she faced significant bereavements in 2020. Her award-winning memoir and self-help book Sixteen

Nina Winther Winther for "Aurora Borealis: Global Warming"

I am a 33-year-old single mom to a teenage boy and I live on the west coast of Norway. I was a high school dropout who got pregnant at 18. I decided to be a better role model for my son so I went back to school when I was 20. I got my diploma as a truck/bus mechanic. To provide for us I had to work