2023 Young Writer Award Shortlist

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2023 Young Writer Award Shortlist, 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. See these shortlisted young writers on YouTube.

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Abbie Eaton for "Dragonhart"
Genre: Fantasy

I am a 23 year old English writer living in Staffordshire, UK. I enjoy spending time with my horses and both reading and writing fantasy. After becoming lost in the worlds of my favourite books such as Sarah J Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Jennifer L Armentrout's From Blood And Ash, i

Ian Krietzberg for "Oathkeeper"
Genre: Fantasy

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

E.T. Gunnarsson for "Forgive Us"
Genre: Sci-Fi

E.T. Gunnarsson translates imagination into words for a living. His debut book Forgive Us was awarded Best Sci-Fi book in the 2021 San Francisco Book Festival and Best Post-Apocalyptic Book in the 2021 Fiction Awards. Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains (9,000 feet altitude!), E.T. now resides in

E.T. Gunnarsson for "Abandon Us"
Genre: Sci-Fi

E.T. Gunnarsson translates imagination into words for a living. His debut book Forgive Us was awarded Best Sci-Fi book in the 2021 San Francisco Book Festival and Best Post-Apocalyptic Book in the 2021 Fiction Awards. Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains (9,000 feet altitude!), E.T. now resides in

Amadea Tanner for "Retrospective"
Genre: Historical Fiction

Amadea Cadence Tanner is a Baltimore-based journalist, screenwriter, and author who writes primarily historical fiction. She is partial to noir banter, philosophical musing, and featuring inanimate objects as characters in their own right. When she's not writing (or reading), you might find her

Frances Denny for "My Boyfriend Beelzebub"
Genre: Young Adult

I am an associate member of the Society of Authors in both the UK and New Zealand. Since leaving Auckland University with a BA in English and Drama, I was selected for the YA & Children’s Fiction course at Curtis Brown and have also been shortlisted for the mentorship programme at NZSA. My

Jenna Johnson for "Reaching Shadows"
Genre: Fantasy

Hi, my name is Jenna. I work as a part time editor and keep up my writing in my free time. I enjoy reading and writing fantasy fiction, especially young adult fiction, and have spent the last few years working on my own book series that I hope to get published some day. I earned a bachelor's degree

Rowen Lee for "Papillon"
Genre: Short Stories

Rowen Lee is an undergraduate student at Brown University, studying literary arts and cognitive neuroscience. She enjoys writing tragedies in flowing metaphors and artistic imagery.

Georgina Barrowclough for "The Ballad of the Forgotten Sisters"
Genre: Fantasy

I was born in the small, sleepy town known as Shepton Mallet—a hidden treasure at the heart of South England's Somerset. I moved to Bristol at the age of eight, paving the way for my studies as a Creative & Professional Writing graduate at The University of the West of England. When I’m not busy

Yvette Naden for "Ecky Thump"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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.

Josephine Perl for "Gravitas"
Genre: Young Adult

Boston University student studying philosophy. Writing bit my heart and when I tried to shake it off its teeth only dug in further and now it won't let go. I love brutalism, 70s movies, and eggs.

Matthew Putland for "Time Will Tell"
Genre: Action Adventure

Matthew Putland is a British sci-fi and adventure author. He has a Bachelor’s and Master's degree in science, is a qualified secondary school teacher and is doing a PhD in evolutionary environmental physiology. He enjoys writing sci-fi that is routed in real science and stretches the boundaries of

Niamh Carey-Furness for "The Chaos"
Genre: Sci-Fi

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

Alexandra Volkov for "Don't Forget Little Bird"
Genre: Fantasy

My family and I immigrated to Canada when I was very young, and while the experience was daunting, I always found solace in books. I hope to one day write a story that can bring others joy when they need it most.

Bailey Garrison for "When Dahlias Bloom"
Genre: Drama

Bailey Garrison is a playwright and aspiring novelist from Raleigh, North Carolina. She made her writing debut with her play "Through an Open Window," produced in 2022, but she has been writing books since she could pick up a pencil. Though she has tried her hand at many different genres, she has

Debbie Alty for "Four White Walls"
Genre: Memoir

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

Freya Masters for "Frayed"
Genre: True Stories

I have always loved writing. My writing has its roots in my childhood when I first started to write little stories. I enjoy scientific writing and science communication. Following my degree from the University of St Andrews (Biochemistry BSc Hons), I attended Imperial College London for my MSc

Chas Harrington for "The Oblivious Victims of Stephen McGuire"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

I am a new writer from the south east, I worked as a script reader for a few years writing some of my own short scripts along the way. I have only recently started writing fiction novella as a way to tell more complex stories in a way that is more artistic than what is allowed in screen format. I