2022 Writing Mentorship Award Longlist

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2022 Writing Mentorship 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.

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Celia Quartermain for "Cutting Adrift"
Genre: Historical Fiction

I was born in Berlin, and grew up in the Army, moving from place to place. All of the work I've done in my adult life has been in the worlds of media/entertainment/storytelling. I started in the office of the Anna Scher Children’s Theatre in Islington in the early 1980s’, leaving to move to a small

Roma Van Den Bergh for "Into the Light "
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

I’m a CGI filmmaker by trade and throughout my career have helped visualise stories from Hollywood blockbusters like The Golden Compass to Alex Garland’s Annihilation. INTO THE LIGHT was inspired by a true life event of a woman, who stopped a man killing a young girl in public, whilst others passed

B. L. Charles for "Astral Hunter"
Genre: Fantasy

I am a UK-based scientist who spends my spare time writing speculative and historical fiction, often focusing on underrepresented voices in science and mythology. In 2021 I took the leap and started submitting work. Since then, I've won Globe Soup's short story competition and have other work

Kylie Hough for "We All Fall Down"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

Kylie A Hough lives on Yugambeh land where she is currently undertaking a Master of Creative Writing at Macquarie University. In 2015 Kylie received the Lucy Elizabeth Craigie Award, the Richard B Smith Memorial Prize, and the Australian Federation of Graduate Women Inc. (AFGW) NSW (Armidale) UNE

Penny Andrews for "Elite"
Genre: Young Adult

Penny is working on her first novel in Melbourne, where she lives with her family. At university she studied psychology, psychophysiology and bioethics. Past jobs have included karaoke hostess, English teaching in Tokyo and assessing ethics applications for research projects.

Sarah Long for "The Woman In The Charm House "
Genre: Sci-Fi

Sarah was born and raised in a hippie surfer town in California before running away to New Orleans to read literature with vampires. After a hurricane and a degree, she found herself wandering around Los Angeles, dreaming of becoming a novelist in a script writer world. The heat was a tad too much

Diane Hopkins for "Chasing Tigers"
Genre: Memoir

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

Mirjam Dikken for " On the other side of the river"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

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

Sarah Nias for "The Formation of Rifts"
Genre: Memoir

Sarah Nias grew up overseas and worked in translation before moving into a career in print production. Returning to education as a mature student, she studied for an MA in English which inspired her to take up her own writing. After participating in several online creative writing courses she was

Alice Deby for "The Revenge Dater"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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

Phil Latham for "Void"
Genre: Comedy & Humour

My day job is validating computerised systems involved in drug manufacturing for pharmaceutical companies. It is a complicated and time-consuming process that sounds dull, but don't let that fool you; it is dull. However, my work does save lives (yes, really) because validation ensures that the

Mina Rose Stiet for "Project Saturnalia "
Genre: Sci-Fi

Mina Rose lives in the Seattle area. She loves self-care, astrology, tarot, yoga, cats, coffee, video games, and outer space (although she's never been). On a typical day you can find her burning incense and dancing in the kitchen. On a non-typical day you can find her sipping margaritas next to a

Claudia Bretag for "The Shadows of Deception"
Genre: Young Adult

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.

Emily Henderson for "Jolene"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

I’m currently working as a lawyer in London, I have recently qualified as an associate in my firm’s litigation team and was given a qualification break in which I thought I would give this idea a real attempt. I am originally from the North-East and came to writing over the past few years, having

Victoria Brown for "While She Lay Sleeping"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

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

Ciara Mullaney for "Missed Connections"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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

Anthony Millson for "A Gleam of Sunshine"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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

Britt Marie Box for "Like A Shadow"
Genre: Paranormal & Supernatural

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.

Patrick de Moss for "The Sabrerattlers"
Genre: Fantasy

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"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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

Sandra Kohls for "Holy Loch"
Genre: Crime

I became an English language teacher in 1998 and worked all over the world teaching English and training English teachers, and started writing to try to make the language come to life for my students. Before teaching, I worked as a waitress, a barmaid, a cook, and a book-keeper, sold oil paintings

Jane Bond for "FLICK-FLACK"
Genre: Fantasy

In my life I've worked in factories, behind several bars and once ran a livery stable. I spent fifteen years as a software engineer in England, Ireland and Scotland – sorry Wales. In 2007 we moved to France. Now I make jam and sell it on the local markets, which is far less lucrative, but far more

Melissa Mitcheson for "The Freiberg Miracle"
Genre: Historical Fiction

After several decades of avid reading and tentative writing, returning to education in my thirties was the turning point for me. Working in a university setting made all the difference, showing me that it's actually okay to have aspirations, take a deep breath and ditch the imposter syndrome... So

Jeff MacSporran for "Legacy"
Genre: Young Adult

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

Robert Parkhouse for "Ill-Fated Legacy "
Genre: LGBT

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

Gillian Kobiela Lyon for "Monkford and the Magic Lamp"
Genre: Childrens Picture Books

Hello, I am excited to be entering the Page Turner Awards for the third year in a row. Originally from the West of Scotland, I am now settled in Edinburgh with my husband and two cats. As a self employed artist I work mainly from home. This gives me the opportunity to spend some time exploring the

Masha Shukovich for "WATER'S CHILD"
Genre: Women's Fiction

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

Caroline Copeland for "Johnnie Lambert’s Guide to Life, but unfortunately not love"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Nearly my whole working life has involved the written word: editing, teaching, researching, writing about, and promoting other people's words. Despite that, I only started writing fiction six years ago. I love to tell stories and mostly write uplit, and contemporary fiction. People's lives fascinate

Caroline Copeland for "A perfectly nice life already"
Genre: Women's Fiction

Nearly my whole working life has involved the written word: editing, teaching, researching, writing about, and promoting other people's words. Despite that, I only started writing fiction six years ago. I love to tell stories and mostly write uplit, and contemporary fiction. People's lives fascinate

Theodora Scott for "The Beatmaker"
Genre: Women's Fiction

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

K.T. Jayne for "One of Us"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

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

Grace Swee for "Ana and the Other Worlds: The Secret of the Adaras"
Genre: Childrens Middle Grade Books

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