2023 Book Award Longlist

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2023 Book 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 writers in our forum.

Wherever you see duplicate faces, it's not a mistake, those writers are to be applauded for having more than one submission reach the finals!

Find entrants by adding a first name or surname into the search box below, don't search with both first name and surname.

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Michele E. Gwynn for "SECTION 5"
Genre: Sci-Fi

Michele E. Gwynn is an award-winning Bestselling Author and former freelance journalist from San Antonio, Texas. She has worked in newspaper and contributed online to sites like Examiner.com, Yahoo Voices, and Salon.com. She has also worked as a senior editor for FashionErotica.com, written for Film

Nikki Auberkett for "Prax"
Genre: Paranormal & Supernatural

Nikki Auberkett is a cultural anthropologist, developmental editor, and overall passionate storyteller. With nearly 15 years of research and exploration into global folklore and mythology, biblical archaeology, and all things weird and unusual, she weaves her research and social science expertise

Walt Larimore for "At First Light: A True World War II Story of a Hero, His Bravery, and an Amazing Horse"
Genre: True Stories

Walt Larimore is a best-selling author who resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He has written or co-written 41 books and over 1200 articles in dozens of publications. As an author, his books have garnered a number of American awards and his international writing awards include Page Turner

A.R. Vagnetti Vagnetti for "Forgotten Storm (Storm Series Book 1) A Revised and Extended Edition"
Genre: Romance

A.R. Vagnetti is an American writer who grew up in the scalding Tucson desert. She does her best writing while camping, traveling, and on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron, where she is now blessed to spend her summers away from the Arizona heat. A.R. loves to transport readers into a fantastical

Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop Alsop for "DAUGHTER OF SPIES: Wartime Secrets, Family Lies"
Genre: Memoir

Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop is the author of over 50 works of fiction for adults and children under the pen name Elizabeth Winthrop. These include the award-winning fantasy series, The Castle in the Attic and The Battle for the Castle as well as the short story, The Golden Darters, read on the

Marcia Maidana for "The Ghosts of Lewis Manor "
Genre: Paranormal & Supernatural

Marcia is the award-winning novelist of AWAKEN: SHADOWS OF A FORGOTTEN PAST and ALIVE: SHADOWS OF A LIVING PAST. Her latest novel, THE GHOSTS OF LEWIS MANOR was published in September. And THE HAUNTING OF BLACKWATER is scheduled to be released in October of 2023. Marcia was born and raised in

Maggie Smith for "Truth and Other Lies"
Genre: Women's Fiction

In a career that’s included work as a journalist, a psychologist, and the founder of a national art consulting company, Maggie Smith has added novelist to her resume with the publication of her debut, Truth and Other Lies, in March 2022. In addition to her writing, Maggie hosts the weekly podcast

Genevieve Jenner for "Chocolate Cake for Imaginary Lives"
Genre: Short Stories

When Genevieve Jenner was six years old, she liked to play dress up and write stories, and she wanted to be a mermaid. She has finally accepted that being a mermaid isn't the most secure career option, but the other two things have remained constant. Genevieve lives near Bude in North Cornwall.

Stella Harvey for "The Brink of Freedom"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Stella Leventoyannis Harvey is a fiction writer whose short stories have appeared in The Literary Leanings Anthology, The New Orphic Review, Emerge Magazine and The Dalhousie Review. Her non-fiction has appeared in Pique Newsmagazine, The Question and the Globe and Mail. Signature Editions published

D. Liebhart for "House on Fire"
Genre: Women's Fiction

D. Liebhart is the developer of the amazingly effective How to be an Unsuccessful Novelist program. One: At fifteen, cultivate infatuation of iconic performer (Think: Bowie, but anyone unattainable will suffice). Analyze lyrics to the exclusion of other pursuits, like say homework. Set goal of

Rita Baid for "39 Plus One"
Genre: Romance

Ragh Bir’s family arrived in the UK in the early 1960’s. Born in the Summer of Love, in Slough, Berkshire, she found growing up in a family with a strict Indian father challenging to her free-spirited nature. Her Indian upbringing was neither traditional, nor, contemporary, and she found herself

Aharona Rosenthal for "Where the Lilacs Bloom Once Again"
Genre: Memoir

Author’s Bio – Roni (Aharona) Rosenthal, PhD, was born in Israel. Roni is the Director of Judaic Studies and a Hebrew Literature Professor at the University of Maryland. This is her third novel.

Dana Wayne for "Unveiling Beulah"
Genre: Romance

Dana Wayne fulfilled a lifelong dream to be a published author in the summer of 2016 with the publication of her first novel, Secrets of the Heart, which went on to win first place in a statewide contest. Since then, she has self-published a popular cookbook and six well-received romance novels and

Benmarney Marney for "The Feel Of The Wind"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

I've spent my life working as a traveling musician. Along the way, I've met some interesting people and seen some indescribable things. Although my books are works of fiction, they are based on real people I've met and the amazing places I've been. For over 4 decades, along with my wife Dana, we

Joelle Habbaki for "Shattered"
Genre: Romance

For over a decade, Joelle Habbaki has been the powerhouse behind a successful event design company, honing her skills in creativity, communication, and organization. Yet all along there was a nagging urge that never left her. The urge to write stories that capture the essence of love in all its

Tunde Ososanya for "Lagos, Life and Sexual Distraction"
Genre: Short Stories

Tunde Ososanya is a Broadcast Journalist living in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism who currently works with the BBC in the Nigerian commercial capital. He began his career as a television presenter with the Nigerian Television Authority in 2016, going on to

Glenn Somodi for "Olly & The Spores of Oak Hill"
Genre: Childrens Middle Grade Books

Glenn Somodi writes his stories in the short space between lying down and dreaming. The stories are written over many nights, replayed, and rewritten in his head for enjoyment. His mission is to find anyone who enjoys reading the stories as much as he enjoys creating them. He is a proud graduate of

Keema Waterfield Waterfield for "Inside Passage, A Memoir"
Genre: Non-Fiction

Keema Waterfield is the author of Inside Passage, a nomadic childhood memoir set along the wild coast of Southeast Alaska. Waterfield has written for The New York Times, WIRED, Brevity, Scary Mommy, INSIDER, and others. She lives in Missoula, Montana, where she moonlights as a stand-up comic when

Ryan Harbuck for "When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Chair: A Memoir"
Genre: Memoir

A paralyzing car accident in her teens left Ryan with a new life to build. Rarely looking back, she became a swim coach and a high school teacher, she traveled to India for experimental stem cell treatment, she fought hard to make the Paralympic swim team, she even became a mom. With so many stories

Marc Remus for "The Chocolate Clouds"
Genre: Childrens Middle Grade Books

Marc Remus is German painter and author of eight children's books. His novels have received many literary awards and have been translated into ten foreign languages. Remus was educated in the United States, graduated with a BA in art and illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA

Helen Bullen for "Agnes, Bea, Cancer and Me "
Genre: True Stories

Helen works with business owners to build a better life and business using her ‘Commit to Achieve Principles’. A successful osteopath and entrepreneur with experience in both ‘bricks-andmortar’ and online businesses. She retired from her clinical work in 2020 after 20 years of being a therapist

Prasha Sooful for "My Brain is Magic: A Sensory-Seeking Celebration"
Genre: Childrens Picture Books

Prasha is a mum, clinical audiologist and educator with Master's degrees in Audiology and Education (Global Learning). She also writes books. She's an avid reader and reviews books on her Instagram page. Prasha was a recipient of a Varuna Writing Fellowship in 2022 and belongs to many writing

Robert Hart for "Through different Eyes"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

Born in Nigeria but educated in England, Robert studied Aerospace Engineering before migrating to Australia in the 1970s. He has worked in academia, research and IT in Australia and the USA but now teaches Maths and Physics at high school. He loves classical music (particularly opera) and attends

Roxanna Mason for "Shifted"
Genre: Romance

Roxanna Mason is a debut paranormal romance author and formally trained actor from Los Angeles, California. It was her deep love of storytelling that led her to study theatre and that same love of storytelling that drove her to write her first novel. When not writing, Roxanna is binge watching

Amanda Sheridan for "The Dreaming"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

Amanda Sheridan is a retired civil servant who lives with her husband and their two beloved rough collies on the beautiful Ards peninsula in Northern Ireland. She loves motorsport and fast cars, country life and a good book to read. When an idea nagged her back in 2017, she thought it would make a

Nick Black for "The Honourable Doctor"
Genre: Historical Fiction

I am professor of health services research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where I have spent the last 35 years studying and teaching about health care policy, evaluation of services and how to improve them. I have extensive experience of writing non-fiction - research papers

Owen Levy for "Goodbye Heiko Goodbye Berlin"
Genre: Historical Fiction

OWEN LEVY is the author of two well-received novels, the seminal A Brother’s Touch, set in the early days of the Stonewall liberation movement, and Goodbye Heiko Goodbye Berlin plays out in the early turbulent days after the Fall of the Berlin Wall and move toward German Reunification. A Fellow of

Sugandha Sinha for "Your Life is Poop...But so is mine"
Genre: Memoir

Sugandha Sinha, a bull-headed optimist, wool-gatherer, and a Bollywood zealot was born and raised in India, is a master’s in biotechnology, and prefers morbific viruses over a person any day. Now her life revolves around her wiseacre husband and two impish Irish twins. She prefers to write until

Olga Tymofiyeva for "Just City"
Genre: Young Adult

Olga Tymofiyeva, PhD, was born in 1981 in Kyiv, Ukraine. After having lived in Ukraine and Germany, she now lives in the US and works as an Associate Professor of Neuroimaging at the University of California in San Francisco. The award-winning novella Just City is Olga’s first fiction book, which

gayle de blake de blake for "Wish Me Luck"
Genre: Women's Fiction

About the Author Gayle De Blake lives with her family in Los Angeles. This is her first book. The storyline came into mind as she was turning 50 and planning a trip to Malta. It took over 5 years to complete the story about Alissa, her husband Todd, his sister Kate and her husband David. Drawing

Allan Batchelder for "This Thing of Darkness"
Genre: Horror

Allan is a professional actor, educator, writer and former stand-up comedian. During his years on stage, he’s gotten to participate in countless battles – some even with other people – involving longswords, rapiers, daggers, staves, pistols, bottles, loaves of French bread and, of course, his grimy

Pepper Anne for "The Notorious Texas Swindler - The Mastermind Behind the Grayson County Five"
Genre: True Stories

Pepper Anne is a 7th generation Texan, where she and her family currently reside. She gained experience working alongside private investigators where she learned to find information about stories of interest and eventually expose their cover-ups. Her first book, The Notorious Texas Swindler, is