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"
Genre: Memoir

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

valeriaaloe Aloe for "Uncolonized Latinas: Transforming Our Mindsets And Rising Together"
Genre: Non-Fiction

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

Victoria Gemmell for "Promise Me "
Genre: Young Adult

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

Madeleine D'Arcy for "LIBERTY TERRACE"
Genre: Anthology & Compilations

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"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

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

Joe Chacko for "The Tender Coconut Tamasha"
Genre: Mystery & Cozy Mystery

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"
Genre: Christian

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"
Genre: Paranormal & Supernatural

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 Heng for "Secret Pandemic: The Search for Connection in a Lonely World"
Genre: Non-Fiction

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?"
Genre: Childrens Picture Books

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"
Genre: Childrens Picture Books

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"
Genre: Childrens Picture Books

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"
Genre: Mystery & Cozy Mystery

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"
Genre: Childrens Picture Books

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"
Genre: Action Adventure

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"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

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"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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"
Genre: Young Adult

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"
Genre: Memoir

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 "
Genre: Childrens Picture Books

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"
Genre: Sci-Fi

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

Susan L Combs for "Pancakes for Roger: A Mentorship Guide for Slaying Dragons"
Genre: Non-Fiction

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"
Genre: Non-Fiction

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"
Genre: Memoir

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,"

Nina Winther Winther for "Aurora Borealis: Global Warming"
Genre: Fantasy

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

Natalie Symons for "Lies in Bone"
Genre: Drama

Natalie Symons is an award-winning playwright and best-selling novelist. Her plays have been developed and produced at theatres across the county, including American Stage, freeFall Theatre, ACT Theatre, Theatre22, Urbanite Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Theater Schmeater, Florida Studio Theatre, Bridge

CASSIE SANCHEZ Sanchez for "Chasing the Darkness"
Genre: Fantasy

I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, graduating from the University of New Mexico with a degree in marketing and married my husband, Louie. After a few years in the business world, I became a stay-at-home mom, raising my two sons, Tyler and Chase. As an avid learner and aspiring author, I studied

Tamra Ryan for "The Third Law"
Genre: Non-Fiction

Tamra Ryan is the CEO of Women's Bean Project, a social enterprise that provides transitional employment, while operating a food manufacturing business, to women attempting to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty. Tamra is a former partner and board member for Social Venture Partners

Gregory Buford Buford for "Making Ghosts Dance"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

Greg Buford has lived in Japan, India, France, Cambodia, and Switzerland. He’s settled down (for the moment) in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Dana, and their children. He published his first novel, Making Ghosts Dance, in 2017 and a humorous memoir, Kept: An American Househusband in India, in 2020

Mikael Carlson for "The Black Swan Event"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

Mikael Carlson is the award-winning author of the Michael Bennit Series of political dramas. He is also authoring two additional ongoing series: Tierra Campos Thrillers and Watchtower Thrillers. His newest series, America, Inc., is a retelling of the futuristic dystopian Black Swan Saga that serves

Angela Cecil Reid for "Nile Cat"
Genre: Childrens Middle Grade Books

Writing has always been an important part of Angela’s life. Over the years she has contributed to each of a series of successful collections of short stories set in and around Oxford. Since retiring as a teacher, Angela has been researching her Egyptologist ancestors, the Tyssen Amhersts of

RohitBhargava Bhargava for "Beyond Diversity - 12 Non-Obvious Ways To Create A More Inclusive World"
Genre: Non-Fiction

Rohit Bhargava is is on a mission to inspire more non-obvious thinking in the world. He is an innovation and marketing expert, skilled facilitator, and keynote speaker. After a successful 15 year career as a brand and marketing strategist at two of the largest agencies in the world (Ogilvy and Leo