2022 Young Writer Award Longlist

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2022 Young Writer Award Longlist, shown in random order!

Please join us in congratulating these rising stars by leaving them a comment at the bottom of their finalist submission. Click 'see more' to read their submission. And you can also congratulate the finalists in our forum.

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Robin McGrew for "Things that Grow in the Dark"

Born and raised in the mossy backwoods of Washington (a ripe setting for muddy adventures and gothic atmospheres), I've been telling stories about sprites and sasquatch for as long as I can remember. Now having migrated to the warm coast of the Bay Area, I spend my days working in a cozy videogame

Georges le Macon for "SILVERMANE"

After a profitable career illustrating and writing comic books (I sold them to my classmates throughout school!), I realised that I wanted to explore my plots and characters in more depth. So, at the age of 13, in 2014, I began writing stories on my parent’s laptop. For the past eight years (I’m now

Yvette Naden for "The Three Muses "

Yvette Naden is a writer and poet born in France 2002, who now resides in the UK. Her work has featured in the Roadrunner Review and the Elmbridge Literary Magazine. When she isn't writing, she can be found trying to resusitate her houseplants.

Kate Samuels for "A Reckoning of Dragons"

I won my first writing award at the age of six and decided that I aspired to be a starving writer in a garret. Flash forward eighteen years, and I can truthfully say I live by the pen: assistant and copywriter at an animation studio by day, fantasy author and freelance editor by night, and

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

Kay Mancino for "Apoptosis, or Cell Death "

Kay Mancino is a 19 year-old Creative Writing major from Long Island, New York. Growing up, they realized their voice was loudest when writing stories, so that is what they want to spend the rest of their life doing. In their free time, you will find them crocheting blankets for their dog and

Georgina Barrowclough for "A Serpent's Tale "

I was born in the small, sleepy town known as Shepton Mallet—a hidden treasure at the heart of South England's comely archaic county, Somerset. I moved to Bristol at the age of eight, paving the way for my current studies as a Creative & Professional Writing undergraduate at The University of the

Niamh Carey-Furness for "The Ninth"

Born and raised in London, I've been writing since I was a child. When I was 12 years old and my favourite teacher asked what I was planning to do over the summer holidays, I told her: 'Write a novel!' Although I didn't write a novel that summer, the desire to write has stayed with me. Lockdown was

Kelly Wruck for "The Wars of Ice and Plenty"

Born in Columbia, Maryland, Kelly Wruck (under the pen name K. M. Barlowe) soon found a second home in the worlds she discovered in the pages of books. Following high school, she took a gap year to begin writing her debut novel, The Wars of Ice and Plenty, as well as developing a passion for

Morgan Blanks for "The Desert Island"

I'm a writer who often forgets the reality of my own world because I am lost in a fantasy one. I'm also a mum to a beautiful daughter (under one) who has inspired me unlike any other source of inspiration. I've been writing ever since I learnt how to pick up a pen. No really, ask my parents. After

Rebecca Farse for "Horrible People Love Animals "

I have an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University with distinction. I’m a 2022 IRP mentee. As a long-time agriculture worker turned farm veterinarian, I have drawn from hundreds of hours of working across the UK to inform my prose.

Ian Krietzberg for "The Blood King"

Ian is a passionate storyteller in all of its many forms. In his novels, poems, and short stories, he strives to explore concepts of morality and human willpower, while also examining the different relationships characters have with their own mortality. He lives for the wonderful exhilaration of

Jess Ritenour for "Pomp & Circumstance"

My name is Jess Ritenour and I'm an aspiring dark fantasy writer. I have been a participant in National Novel Writing Month since 2012, and writing stories much earlier than that. I'm a gaming nerd, and a fantasy lore nut, and can always supply a (terrible) pun. I hope to connect with other writers

Sydney E. Low for "H0M3 FR33"

I am a long-time writer and yet-to-be author and I spend more of my time time thinking about fictional worlds than real ones. I've been telling stories since I learned to talk and writing since I could hold a pencil. I write almost exclusively YA fiction, with the odd poem thrown in for fun. The

Felicia Heilgendorff for "Remember"

Before I was the age teachers wanted me to be, I was already craving to learn to read and write. I needed to know what was inside all those books. And I needed to put those stories on paper that were threatening to burst out of me. After they finally taught me, I never looked back. I spent my