2023 Screenplay Award Longlist

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2022 Screenplay 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!

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Amy Allen for "ZEPHYR"
Genre: Drama

Amy began her career as a Casting Director in New York City where her office served as East Coast Casting for Paramount. From character development to dialogue, Amy’s writing is informed by her years reading with and directing actors. Her projects have found success in well-respected screenwriting

KEVIN MACHATE Machate for "Gloomy Sunday"
Genre: Horror

Kevin has directed eight short films and his credits as a producer have exceeded 50 at the time of this writing. His recent works include three short series starring Golden Globe and Tony Award winner Barry Bostwick and Saturn Award Winner Doug Jones, and a short musical/educational video starring

John Munn for "Adventures in Serial Killing"
Genre: Comedy & Humour

John Munn is a native of Washington State and is married to his wife of over fifteen years who inspires him to write every day. His two boys, Jack and Max, are his world. He has also lived in the United Kingdom, for a short period, where he studied literature and attended college at the University

Michael Bezushko for "The Last Doctor"
Genre: Drama

Growing up in Europe before moving back to the USA in his late teens, Michael enjoys bringing an outsider perspective to high-concept genre stories. A graduate of UCLA's Professional Program in Screenwriting, Michael enjoys writing elevated horror, action-comedies, and grounded science fiction. A

Tim Auld for "Minotaur"
Genre: Action Adventure

A writer/director whose short films have been selected for various festivals, most notably Palm Springs International. In 2022 he directed a pilot for a 6-part television series which is currently in post production. Tim is determined to make meaningful action films that his wife and daughter would

Alysha Haran for "The Ride"
Genre: Drama

Alysha grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, performing on the professional stage from the age of five. She found her place on the other side of the camera and produced commercials and music videos for several years in Los Angeles. But after a last-minute change of plans kept her from traveling on

Micah Sloat for "Wake the System"
Genre: Sci-Fi

Micah Sloat is best known for starring in the micro-budget hit PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. Combining that successful franchise with his degrees in philosophy and psychology, as well as his extensive background in the occult, he's currently creating and co-hosting PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE PODCAST for

Florence Ordesh for "The Teacher"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

Florence is a writer and actor, raised in Ireland, currently living in Los Angeles. She has worked in the film industry for over a decade, performing in hit TV shows such as Dublin Murders, Foundation and Departure.

Daniel Scherr for "In Action"
Genre: Drama

Daniel Scherr is a writer, director, producer, and Avid Certified editor with a Bachelor of Science degree in Film & Television from Full Sail University. Despite winning several awards for directing, Daniel has spent the last few years dedicated solely to his writing because, in the words of Alfred

Dylan Wilson for "Absolute Hallways"
Genre: Comedy & Humour

Dylan Wilson is an independent screenwriter and published short story author based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dylan hopes to one day pursue a career in professional wrestling once they find a way to make it not hurt so much.

Andrew Prax for "Recessive"
Genre: Sci-Fi

aspiring screenwriter

Michael Richter for "Only Apparently Real"
Genre: Sci-Fi

Michael is an award-winning screenwriter and producer, and Facebook’s former Chief Privacy Officer. Michael writes, directs, and produces elevated genre and prestige projects for film and television. He is currently producing Only Apparently Real based on an award-winning screenplay which he wrote

LOUISA for "LICKERISH"
Genre: Drama

I am a former journalist, publisher, TV producer and media executive, now writing books (crime fiction) and TV scripts (comedy and drama). I am a Brit, now based in Sydney, Australia.

Thomas for "Pangea"
Genre: Sci-Fi

T. C. Smith's career was launched when he won the Nicholl Fellowship. He has written for the big screen, the small screen and the stage. He has worked for Fox Television, Fox Family Films, ABC, Disney, the Disney Channel, Warner Brothers and Showtime. He co-wrote and co-starred in the controversial

Andrea for "Restitution"
Genre: Drama

Andrea’s experiences as a nurse, flight attendant, and avid traveler have provided her with a unique global background from which she draws her inspiration. It imbues her scripts with a level of detail and authenticity that have been well received in the industry. Her first screenplay titled “The

Miguel del Campo for "La Parca"
Genre: Horror

Miguel del Campo (Writer, Director, Producer, Editor) is a filmmaker born and raised in Mexico who grew up fascinated by the Hollywood industry. Molded by the vast culture and beauty of his home country Mexico, Miguel's passion for the entertainment industry was born from his dream to share his

Anitha Perinchery for "One Hundred Years of War"
Genre: Drama

Imagine Succession crossed with The Great Gatsby, and you’d have ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF WAR. The series is an adaptation of Mahabharata, the Indian epic mythology, set in 20th-century United States. It is a tale of powerful men and women who fight ruthlessly, hate virulently, and love unwisely. Have

Hilary Angelo for "Fix"
Genre: Sci-Fi

Hilary Angelo is an actress turned writer known for her roles in AMERICAN PIE and CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR. Recently, she sold a spec TV pilot to Mark Gordon/Eone called PATIENT ZERO based on disease detectives at the Centers for Disease Control. Sony TV bought a time travel pilot spec she wrote called

Travis J. Opgenorth for "Ranger Creed"
Genre: Action Adventure

A conqueror of fears, Travis has taken his acrophobia to the top of a 108-foot-tall Mayan temple, swam with sharks, and attended a mixer where he knew no one. He currently has a feature film project setup with Eclectic Pictures as well as a forthcoming graphic novel through Motor Content and Thunder

Travis J. Opgenorth for "Bath, MI"
Genre: True Stories

A conqueror of fears, Travis has taken his acrophobia to the top of a 108-foot-tall Mayan temple, swam with sharks, and attended a mixer where he knew no one. He currently has a feature film project setup with Eclectic Pictures as well as a forthcoming graphic novel through Motor Content and Thunder

Georges le Macon for "SILVERMANE"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

Some of my biggest inspirations creatively are Stephen King, Thomas Harris, William Peter Blatty, William Goldman and Kenneth Lonergan. I aspire to one day make these novelists and screenwriters my competition and hope that people will compare me to them favourably. I’m confident I’ll achieve this

Lynwood Shiva Sawyer for "Hear Me Roar"
Genre: True Stories

I was born a vagabond spirit and have yet to learn the meaning of “comfort zone.” My life has been and continues to be sui generis. All that follows is a standard literary CV for an extremely non-standard career. ***** In high school, I was an editor of the underground paper, The Charlotte

Lynwood Shiva Sawyer for "Peace Fury & the Dynamite King"
Genre: True Stories

I was born a vagabond spirit and have yet to learn the meaning of “comfort zone.” My life has been and continues to be sui generis. All that follows is a standard literary CV for an extremely non-standard career. ***** In high school, I was an editor of the underground paper, The Charlotte

Robert Rhyne for "Passing Through"
Genre: Drama

Hailing from the woods of North Carolina by way of the byzantine streets of New Orleans, Robert is a multi-award winning screenwriter specializing in mystery and suspense. His work has been optioned twice and has reached the finals of the Austin Film Festival, Slamdance, Bluecat and Page

Dru Bhattacharya for "The Grey Eminence"
Genre: Fantasy

Dru Bhattacharya is an author, poet, screenwriter, and aspiring novelist. His pilot feature, The Grey Eminence, has received numerous accolades, including placement in the L.A. International Screenplay Awards; The Film Empire Diversity Mentorship; Table Read My Screenplay Genre Screenplay

Staton Rabin for "SAVING MARK TWAIN"
Genre: Historical Fiction

STATON RABIN is a screenwriter, and a YA novelist (Simon & Schuster) with a global audience. She's hired for her skill in adapting IP, true stories, & biographies into screenplays with roles that are catnip to A-list actors. She wrote a feature script based on Alex Rosenberg's Holocaust novel "The

Julien Wagner for "Oh Sickie!"
Genre: Sci-Fi
Julien Wagner was born and raised in Switzerland. Finding passion on stage and in front of the camera, he moved to LA to pursue a career as an actor. After completing a program at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute he decided to focus on becoming a screenwriter. Having worked for Constantin
Teodora Pancheva for "Pocket Money"
Genre: Drama

Teodora is a freelance screenwriter with a love for romance, drama and mystery. She started writing scripts in college but her love for storytelling really grew in University, where she started working independently on her own script ideas. She values her ability to have ideas in a range of genres

David Ward for "Tiananmen"
Genre: Drama

David Ward was born and raised in Salt Lake City and has lived in Shanghai, Honolulu, Taiwan and northern Virginia. Drawn to writing by his love of Russian literature, he supports his writing habit by working as a corporate attorney.

Denise David Williams for "JOHN MACK:THE BELIEVER"
Genre: Drama

After earning a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Hofstra University, Denise attended the USC Graduate film producing program while simultaneously holding her first job in Hollywood as a production assistant at Amblin’. Denise was a Story Editor at 20th Century Fox, a Development Executive at several

Ross Tomlinson for "The King's Queens"
Genre: LGBT

I'm a young writer based in London. Through my writing I aim to represent Queer characters in a historical context, an area from which they have long been eliminated.

Naomi Lamont for "The Devils' Cradle"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

I’ve been writing for many years and have published The Devils' Cradle novel (under my pseudonym Darcy Daniel), which has fantastic reviews on Amazon. Winner of TopShelf Magazine's Indie Book Awards for "The Devils' Cradle" under the pseudonym Darcy Daniel - available on Amazon: https://www.amazon