2022 Writing Mentorship Award Finalists

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2022 Writing Mentorship Award finalists, shown in random order!

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Tony Blankenship for "Molly's Lips"

Tony Blankenship is a chef, spiritual seeker, and punk rocker. All the great insights in his book Self-Help Sucks, come from his own challenge of confronting and losing in his own struggle with addictive behavior. Using the principles and actions of the twelve-step program, Tony lays out his

Alice Deby for "The Revenge Dater"

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

Alicia Doyle for "The Oraculis Chronicles Book 1 "

Alicia is an aspiring author, military wife, and mother of four boys. In her free time, she is a voracious reader and lover of large cups of tea. While she enjoys reading everything her favorite genre is fantasy. One of her hobbies is reading and reviewing books on various online platforms. Alicia

Robert Parkhouse for "Ill-Fated Legacy "

After gaining a Creative Writing (Novel) M.A. from Middlesex University in 2017, I completed my first novel manuscript in 2020. During 2022, I completed the Writing a Novel course from Faber Academy. I am currently working on my second novel. Previously, I have had over fifty articles and short

Bernadette Maybanks for "I Don't Know Why"

Orphaned at sixteen, I wasn't educated in the traditional sense, but I have always been a writer. I am dedicated to shining a light on experiences which have not always made it into print. I tell these with love, with brutal honesty and an eye for detail which was honed as a girl trying to make

Grace Swee for "Ana and the Other Worlds: The Secret of the Adaras"

Grace Swee is a Singaporean filmmaker and writer, based in New York City. Her first foray into storytelling was when, as a child, she would re-imagine herself in the stories she read of Enid Blyton’s fairy tales and magical lands. After a brief stint in copy-writing and editorial work, she packed

Theodora Scott for "The Beatmaker"

A Danish Viking who hates the cold, Theodora Scott lives in the Middle East where she can wear flip-flops in January. By day she works as a business writer for an IT corporation, by night she writes a blog about her two passions: music and pop culture. A lifelong hip hop fan and student of the craft

KD Field Field for "The Baker of El Mujandar"

Unexpected journeys are the best kind. In 2018, my husband and I packed up and moved from the US to Spain. We live on a farm bordering the famed Camino De Santiago in Lugo, (Galicia) Spain, where I spend my days writing, painting, and counting pilgrims walking past the gate. Throughout my life, I

Ciara Mullaney for "Missed Connections"

I'm secondary school teacher from County Cork, Ireland with a degree in English and History and a masters in education. I've always had an avid interest in writing but have only began to look at my writing in a professional capacity over the past two years. After attending a number of creative

Masha Shukovich for "WATER'S CHILD"

Masha Shukovich, PhD is a writer, poet, storyteller, folklorist, teacher, and intuitive chef with ancestry and indigenous roots in the Balkans; the Mediterranean; and West, Central, and Northeast Asia (Siberia). She is the mother of Maya and Leela, a demigirl (she/they), a neurodivergent person, and

Claudia Bretag for "The Shadows of Deception"

Claudia Bretag is an editor, teacher, retail assistant and aspiring author from Sydney, Australia. She is an active member of both Writing NSW and IPEd. Claudia is at her best in a cafe with a cup of coffee while her fingers tinker away at a keyboard to uncover a new chapter each day.

Patrick de Moss for "The Sabrerattlers"

Playwright, poet, prose writer, as well as former gravedigger, hotline psychic (no really), line cook, chef, waiter and a few other things in between, Patrick de Moss lives in the St. John's area with his ghosts and good coffee, he is currently taking his MFA in Theatre and Creative Writing at UBC

Richard Fellinger for "An American Girl"

I'm an author, former journalist, and writing fellow at Elizabethtown College. I'm the author of the novels Summer of '85 (TouchPoint Press, 2021) and Made To Break Your Heart (Open Books, 2017) and the story collection They Hover Over Us (Snake Nation Press, 2012). I've earned several awards for my

Jasmine Woodcock for "Please Don't Say You Love Me"

I was shortlisted for the Foyle Young Poets Award in 2018 and long-listed for the Tower Poetry Prize of the same year. Since then, I completed my BA in English Literature and in my free time focused on the novel which I have submitted.

K.T. Jayne for "One of Us"

I'm based in the UK and have been writing fiction for the last five years. I write psychological thrillers and am currently working on my second novel. My background is in Fine Art Film and Video I spent my early years working as an experimental filmmaker and as a lecturer in film making. My films

Therena Carlin for "When I kiss your cheek at night"

Therena is an award-winning, internationally published photographer and artist. She writes epic romantic fantasy novels and creates fantasy illustrations. She loves transporting readers and art lovers into a world of love, magic, and adventure. Born to be an artist and author, she delights in

Jeff MacSporran for "Legacy"

As his surname suggests, Jeffrey MacSporran hails from the wet, yet picturesque countryside which is Scotland. Jeffrey started writing as an amateur in 2017 as a way of passing the time whilst amusing his God-children or during long stints away from home. His first foray into writing competitions

Diane Hopkins for "The Tiger is Me"

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

Diane Hopkins for "Chasing Tigers"

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

Britt Marie Box for "Like A Shadow"

Britt Marie Box is a published non-fiction author and magazine columnist, a new fiction author and is currently studying for a BA(hons) degree in Creative Writing and English Literature.

Scott Rose for "Under the Storm Shield"

I'm an unpublished, aspiring author, with a love for locked room mysteries and boundless imagination. My first full length novel was my first murder mystery story, written for the toughest critics of all - the women of my immediate family - as a Christmas present, thus answering the question; 'what

Debbie Alty for "Four White Walls"

I have undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and a MA 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 the lives of a diverse range

Victoria Brown for "While She Lay Sleeping"

Victoria is a writer of sapphic thrillers and women's fiction, based in Cambridge, UK. Her novel, 'Darling Girl', won the 2022 'I Am In Print' thriller competition and a place on the Curtis Brown Creative Advanced Crime and Thriller course. She has had a number of flash fiction pieces published

Gail Aldwin for "Escape Village Resort"

Novelist, poet and scriptwriter, Gail Aldwin writes for pleasure and publication. Her debut coming-of-age novel The String Games was a finalist in The People’s Book Prize and the Dorchester Literary Festival Writing Prize 2020. Awarded a PhD in 2018, Gail has worked with undergraduates of creative

Anne Greer for "Why Not Take all of Me"

BODY GUARDED and the Blake Sorenson novel series was inspired by actions of an aimless addict who forced my children and me into California’s witness protection program. We experienced blackmail, attempted murder, and suicide up close. As I contemplated all that was lost to drugs and mayhem, I

Mirjam Dikken for " On the other side of the river"

Mirjam Dikken was born and raised in the Netherlands. Her interests not only landed her jobs as a chemical engineer, recruiter, and HR manager, but also brought her to travel and work around the world and live in India for 3.5 years. She now wanders around in the darker places of her imagination to

Anthony Millson for "A Gleam of Sunshine"

This is my first foray into the world of creative writing and my dream is to finish this work and have it published. I have a Political Science degree from Carleton University, in Ottawa, but have always aspired to a career as a writer of fiction. While this novel is fictional, it is my real

Helena Guglielmino for "165 Days a Hobo; A Memoir "

Based in Reno, Nevada and working on her first memoir, Helena Guglielmino is a creative writer with an obsession for the outdoors, focusing on stories that revolve around the adventure, sustainability, and culture. Featured in Outdoors Unlimited, Whitelines Magazine, edible Reno Tahoe, and more

Katherine Black for "Lufkin, Texas"

Katherine Black was born and raised in Texas but has spent most of her life in England. Her background is in art history. She spent years working for arts charities before leaving it all behind for the glamourous life of a stay-at-home mum. Now that the children are getting older, she's pursuing her

Sarah Nias for "The Formation of Rifts"

I grew up overseas, studied languages at university and worked in translation before moving into a career in art book production. As a mature student I read for an MA in English which inspired me to take up my own writing. After participating in online creative writing courses with Penguin, Curtis

Tamako Takamatsu for "The Three Arrows"

I was born in Japan, but received all of my formal education in the U.S., graduating with an Applied Piano degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. I have spent most of my adult life in Tokyo, Japan--working as an interpreter for clients as diverse as condom manufacturers to diplomats to the

Peter Archer for "Alf, a Male"

I started writing as a reviewer for the New Musical Express. My poetry has been published in US and UK magazines such as South Bank Poetry, The Interpreter's House, The Moth and Magma. A poem was selected for an anthology about fatherhood (ed.Aurelien Thomas). An excerpt from my first novel, Good