Birmingham Mum Wins Writing Mentorship in Prestigious Writing Award

Mother and freelance music journalist Emily MacNevin from Birmingham has won a writing mentorship in the Page Turner Awards for her Children's Picture Book Ruby's Big Red Heart.

Mother and freelance music journalist Emily MacNevin from Birmingham has won a writing mentorship in the Page Turner Awards for her Children's Picture Book Ruby's Big Red Heart.

Sponsored by ProWritingAid, the Page Turner Awards gives published authors and unpublished writers, of fiction and non-fiction from all genres, the chance to have their writing discovered by high-profile judges from the literary world.

Ruby's Big Red Heart is a warm and compassionate children's picture book story about a little girl who has a big heart full of love and wants to spend Valentine's Day morning sharing it around to everyone. Ruby doesn't discriminate against race, age or sex and loves everyone and everything equally which is the moral of the story. Ruby enjoys a morning stroll and gives everyone she meets a red heart balloon.

The character of Ruby is inspired by Emily’s daughter Elodie and her young personality. Ruby is a very loving little girl who loves to share. She doesn't discriminate and loves everyone and everything on this planet equally.

Elodie's childminder setting is mixed culture and has children from different ethnic groups in which Elodie has developed strong friendships with all of the children there.

Emily believes it's important for children to grow up learning to love equally and that's the moral of the story. Also, with what's been going on in America, Emily really wanted to make the topic of the book about loving equally and the book is really a celebration of that. In the story Ruby's Big Red Heart, Ruby gives a red heart balloon to everyone she meets despite their age, their ethnic group or their gender - she treats everyone equally.

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Emily said: “Entering a unique writing award such as the Page Turner Awards encourages people of all ages to get excited about not just writing books but also reading them. What I have learnt from my experience so far is that it opens up avenues of possibility and closes the doors of doubt. It encourages writers to continue with their dreams of becoming authors and is a valuable competition to writers of all levels.”

“If I win there will be a hundred tears, a thousand pinches and a million smiles but the biggest smile will come from knowing that my success could inspire the thousands of writers out there who are still in doubt about their own written work. As a writing mentor.”

Ann said: “I chose Emily as she is developing a series of Children’s Picture Books, something I have created and published myself. I’m looking forward to helping help her develop her creativity further so that her PB’s become the best they can be and will delight children of varying ages.”

Next year’s Page Turner Awards already has several literary agents and publishers as judges who are actively seeking writers to publish from the entries.

The judges also include influencers in the publishing industry, plus an audiobook production company giving published authors the chance to get their eBook and printed books into audiobooks.

Success stories from this year’s awards include three writers winning literary representation, six writers winning a writing mentorship, five writers winning a publishing contract and thirteen independent authors winning an audiobook production.

Find out more about The Page Turner Awards: Submissions for 2021 will open on the 1st of January 2021.