2023 Writing Mentorship Award Longlist

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2023 Writing Mentorship Award Longlist, shown in random order!

Please join us in congratulating these rising stars by leaving them a comment at the bottom of their submission. Click 'see more' to read their submission. And you can also congratulate the writers in our forum. Some of these writers will win a writing mentorship from these amazing writing mentors!

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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Jade Jiao for "Solum"
Genre: Horror

Jade Jiao is a British-born writer living in Tokyo, Japan. With a lifelong love of horror, she writes about the things that scare her, the macabre, and enjoys books that have a dark sense of humour. She has an MA in screenwriting from the University of Salford, and when she isn't writing, she loves

Frannie James for "The Sylvan Hotel - A Seattle Story"
Genre: Women's Fiction

Born and raised in Seattle, Frannie James is a personable and knowledgeable creative with 15+ years of professional experience gained in copywriting/content roles. She has finished her first novel, inspired by experiences in the Emerald City during her 20s (a.k.a. the “tail end” of coming-of-age)

Gillian Kobiela Lyon for "Monkford and the Humph"
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

Claire Chandler for "What Lies Beneath"
Genre: LGBT

I have always had a great passion for writing and specialised in scriptwriting at film school. My 27-year career has been in technical production within regional news, though my love for creating stories and new ideas has been a very important part of who I am. My writing experience is outlined

Naomi Lamont for "The Touch"
Genre: Drama

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

Howard Teece for "Retirement Plans"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

I'm based in the UK and concentrate on crime, occasionally with some form of alternative reality twist, or something very wrong. I'm an alumna of CBC's Advanced Writing Crime Fiction course with Sarah Hillary. Also, I am utterly useless at writing bios, which is OK because my day job finds me

Tracey Craze for "Kestane Park"
Genre: Childrens Middle Grade Books

I have enjoyed writing in some form or other since childhood. At the moment I am writing a story for children aged 9 - 11 years, titled, Last Tree Standing or Kestane Park, I haven't made my mind up yet. I have a website where there is more information about me and my writing self. To enable me more

Howard Teece for "The Last Autograph"
Genre: Crime

I'm based in the UK and concentrate on crime, occasionally with some form of alternative reality twist, or something very wrong. I'm an alumna of CBC's Advanced Writing Crime Fiction course with Sarah Hillary. Also, I am utterly useless at writing bios, which is OK because my day job finds me

Elsie Michie for "Surface Tension"
Genre: Creative Non-Fiction

I am a retired professor of Victorian Literature who has written two single-authored books, produced several editions, edited or co-edited several essays, and written numerous articles. During the course of my career I worked with a writing therapist, Cynthia MacDonald, a poet and therapist who was

Gabriel Norland for "Chrysalis Dawn"
Genre: Sci-Fi

Gabriel was raised in rural Devon in the South West of England. He has been, or still is, in roughly chronological order, an art school graduate, band leader, festival organiser, teacher, backpacker, and surfer. For the last eight years, he has lived in the Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica

Masha Shukovich for "Arcana"
Genre: Short Stories

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

Tony Durrant for "Curlew Song"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Tony Durrant is a former national newspaper journalist. He has an MA in Creative Writing and was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award 2020 and longlisted in the Page Turner Writing Award 2022. Tony grew up on industrial Tyneside, which he escaped regularly to explore the wilds of

Howard Teece for "The Museum of Myth"
Genre: Fantasy

I'm based in the UK and concentrate on crime, occasionally with some form of alternative reality twist, or something very wrong. I'm an alumna of CBC's Advanced Writing Crime Fiction course with Sarah Hillary. Also, I am utterly useless at writing bios, which is OK because my day job finds me

Laura Hazan for "Set Your Cap"
Genre: Romance

am a librarian with the Enoch Pratt Free Library where I run the weekly Light Street Writers Exchange. I'm also the Baltimore chapter coordinator for Shut Up and Write and the Conference Chair for the Washington Writers Conference. I completed my first novel, Little Boxes, at Arizona State

Holly Brandon for "Next Door Nemesis"
Genre: Romance

I’m Holly, mother of four, and trying to find out who I am beyond that! I’m a lifelong book lover and writer wannabe, but just recently started trying to make that happen.

Tony Durrant for "Veldt Hunter"
Genre: Historical Fiction

Tony Durrant is a former national newspaper journalist. He has an MA in Creative Writing and was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award 2020 and longlisted in the Page Turner Writing Award 2022. Tony grew up on industrial Tyneside, which he escaped regularly to explore the wilds of

DW Plato for "In the Interim "
Genre: Drama

Livin' the dream. D.W. Plato has degrees in Business Management and Psychology. This education gives her the multiple skills she needs to be a full-time landlord. “One of these days I’ll be a full-time AUTHOR and a part-time landlord,” she jokes. #lifegoals With four books already published, she's

Hannah Croft for "The Bobici House"
Genre: Historical Fiction

Hannah Croft is an English comedian and writer who recently moved to Turin with her Italian husband and two children.

Mark Daniel Taylor for "My Brother in the Attic"
Genre: Drama

Born in Plymouth, England, Mark Daniel Taylor is a writer from a working-class background who now lives in London. He is a former member of the Collier Street Fiction Group and was an alumnus of the 2020 New Orleans Writers’ Residency. He placed as a finalist in the 2019 Adventures in Fiction New

Ann Willow for "Seeking New Identities"
Genre: Memoir

I am an author, playwright, and freelance writer loving life in the American Southwest. Surviving and fleeing my upbringing in the Chicago area under the tutelage of white supremacist parents, I wandered until I found my true home here, inspired by the mystical landscapes, unique cultural history

Meg Gaertner for "A SILENCE OF MANY PARTS"
Genre: Sci-Fi

I am a senior acquiring editor of middle grade and young adult fiction for Jolly Fish Press and Flux, the author of several children’s nonfiction books, a 2019 Pitch Wars mentee, and a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Antioch University L.A.

Gidon Ben-Zvi for "Detox with Sadie "
Genre: Drama

Gidon Ben-Zvi is an accomplished writer who left behind Hollywood starlight for Jerusalem stone. After serving in an IDF infantry unit for two-and-a-half years, Gidon returned to the United States, before settling in Israel where he aspires to raise a brood of children who speak English fluently -

Faye King for "Rage Rage"
Genre: Crime

Faye studied at the University of Oxford and now lives in London. Her corporate events career is on ice while she raises two little girls. She has been menstruating for three hundred and sixteen months, probably writing for the same. Rag Rage is her first novel.

Ali Dent for "Saving Grace, a psychological thriller, book one in the Everton Thriller Series"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

Ali writes psychological thrillers in which ordinary people learn how to thrive in the realm BETWEEN good and evil. Her passion is simple: to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. She writes thrillers for the heart because she

Jo Morey for "Lime Juice Money"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Like my main character Laelia, I wear hearing aids in both ears (following hearing loss associated with the chronic illness Hashimoto’s which I was diagnosed with eight years ago) and I’m passionate about removing their stigma, particularly amongst non-pensioners (!) Apart from that, I'm nothing

Linda Gorelova for "Rent a Fairy "
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Dear Page Turner Awards Judges, I'm honored to submit my work for your consideration. I've written three novels about the Russian Revolution and the ensuing civil war which center around the Romanovs. The first one, THE MOTH ORCHID (historical, about 99,000 words) starts with the assassination of

Rachel Falconer for "Daroway"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

I am aiming to be a published author in the next year. However, I’m also a vascular surgeon and mother of one so finding time to write can be challenging! I am working on my debut novel and hope that a mentorship prize could help me complete my manuscript and achieve my dream of publication.

Stephen Bridger for "A Single Cell"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Late starter. Spent most of my time working in hospitals, bringing up a family, and in the occasional down times, running, reading and co-authoring science and medical papers - over 50 published, but none of major significance. Started writing fiction in May 2022 - currently writing fourth book

Ashley Thomas Sheikh for "Kentucky Blood (Book I of the Kentucky Blood Series)"
Genre: Horror

Growing up in an area of western Kentucky called “Possum Trot,” Ashley became fluent in Japanese during college and moved to Tokyo, Japan. After spending a decade in a high-pressure, Japanese language-only corporate environment, he recently quit his job to become a writer. He shall either become

Anna Pietrzkiewicz-Read for "Black Moth"
Genre: Historical Fiction

Anna P. Read is a Polish writer living in Edinburgh. She used to write poetry and short stories in Polish. After moving permanently to Scotland, she began writing fiction in English. Anna writes mostly historical crime fiction and has had some successes in competitions. She was shortlisted for the

Arlene Cox for "Intergalactic Art Threat"
Genre: LGBT

Arlene is passionate about art in all its forms. She fully believes that at the end of the day (and the end of all civilizations) art is the only thing that lasts after all the dust has settled. (That, and children— of which she has two.) Arlene grew up in an Appalachian town where everybody knows

Marie-louise Ek for "The Man Who Loved Too Much"
Genre: Drama

I'm a Swedish born writer living in Brighton.