Chas Harrington from Worthing, in Kent has won a publishing contract for the Page Turner Awards Writing Award for his Futuristic manuscript On The Cards of Steven McGuire.
Chas entered the Page Turner Awards, where published and unpublished fiction and non-fiction writers of all genres can enter their writing to get discovered by high-profile judges from the literary world.
On The Cards of Steven McGuire is about a pessimistic rogue, living in London 2073. With the ability to predict human behaviour he uses his skill to carry out assassinations in a world under extreme surveillance. He is later hired to kill the head of homeland security, quickly becoming the most difficult thing he’s ever done as well as unravelling a moral compass he never knew he had.
Chas said, “I'm a fairly new writer, so a writing contest is a great launch pad to get my early work seen by eyes vastly more experienced than my own. I am grateful to Page Turner Awards for my writing to be read by such talented individuals. Having won a publishing contact is almost unbelievable!”
Chas likes to write work that reflect, in a satirical nature, a heightened version of the reality we live in, or exposing things that exist in real-life that we aren't aware of and wrapping them in a fiction narrative.
He grew up in a fairly rough area of Kent and for most of his life lived on the working-class end of the spectrum. Crime stories have not been scarce for him and often in the form of anecdotes.
After his move to London, the culture shock influenced his writing style and the stories he tells.
The Page Turner Awards, sponsored by ProWritingAid, writers and authors the chance to enter unpublished or published fiction and non-fiction books, where a group of literary agents and publishers will read the work.
Kelly Rinne from Spectrum Audiobooks judged the eBook Award and was immediately captured by the narrative in On The Cards of Steven McGuire and offered Chas a publishing and audiobook production.
Judges are carefully selected literary agents and publishers who are looking for writers to represent and publish, plus influencers in the publishing industry.
Founder of Page Turner Awards and award-winning novelist, Paula Wynne said: “There are writers from all walks of life, from manual labourers to academics. All with stories to tell, most of them heart-warming and moving. We’re proud that our Awards celebrates excellent writing and helps writers and authors to get their stories discovered.”
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: https://pageturnerawards.com. Submissions for 2021 will open on the 1st of January 2021.