2023 Writing Mentorship Award Shortlist

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2023 Writing Mentorship Award Shortlist, 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. See these shortlisted unpublished writers on YouTube.

Some of these writers will win a writing mentorship from these amazing writing mentors!

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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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

I'm a Swedish born writer living in Brighton.

Jenny Griffin for "One Day in March"
Genre: Creative Non-Fiction

Jenny currently lives in Devon, England, after five and a half years as an itinerant home and pet sitter. She loves taking very long walks and talking to the cows. For the past decade, she has been quietly writing in different forms and genres, learning to trust her voice. One of her favourite

Nabila Tayub for "Without Noor"
Genre: Women's Fiction

I am a 43 year old British Pakistani/ Kashmiri woman from a working class background. I have degrees from Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I moved to Malawi in 2005 and back to the UK in 2021. I am married, have three daughters and currently live in Ascot and

Jo Roberts for "One Step Forwards "
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Originally from South West England – I am now settled (with my wonderful dog Millie) on the edge of the beautiful Lake District National Park. My writing, like my life, reflects some deep inner shifts – and I find great inspiration from being near the mountains, walking in the woods, or breathing in

Jo Roberts for "Motherhood, Millie, and Me"
Genre: Memoir

Originally from South West England – I am now settled (with my wonderful dog Millie) on the edge of the beautiful Lake District National Park. My writing, like my life, reflects some deep inner shifts – and I find great inspiration from being near the mountains, walking in the woods, or breathing in

Ayesha Farhat Moosa for "Dear Mickie Maulwi"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Ayesha lives in Norway with her husband and two beautiful daughters. She was raised in Pakistan and worked for several years in Islamabad before moving to Norway, where she currently has a day-job as head of a product team. She steal snippets of time to write at her kitchen table. In 2022 she won a

Robin Korb for "Return to Spender"
Genre: Childrens Middle Grade Books

I was born in Wisconsin, raised in Southern California, then moved back to Wisconsin, where I’ve lived for the last 35 years. Having four seasons instead of two has been one of the many benefits of living in Northwestern Wisconsin. So is living in the country, because I get to enjoy its beauty and

Julia Dunne for "In Her Skin"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

Born in Spain, raised in Australia, I now live in Ireland with my husband and two teenagers. I like to tap into the heart and mind of my protagonists, so readers connect to them on an emotional level. I'm a self-taught writer and In Her Skin is my debut novel. I'm active in writing/critique groups