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How to submit your entry?
All questions on submitting can be found here, which includes information about genres, spacing, how to enter a submission (which is only the first 10 pages - maximum 3000 words), how to fill out the submission form, how to edit your submission, spacing, fonts and italics, how to size your book cover, picture book submissions and screenplay submissions.

IMPORTANT ~ READ THIS: https://pageturnerawards.com/how-to-submit-a-2021-entry

How to claim my optional extras?
All Optional Extra Claims must be done through your logged in Dashboard. Go to ME > Claims Dashboard > where you will find the necessary claim form.

Adapting A Novel Into a Screenplay: Read our articles on how to adapt your book or novel into a screenplay so you can enter it into our Screenplay Award.

How To Enter

My Submission

Award Categories

My Account

Deadlines:


Optional Extras

How To Enter

Q: Where, when and how should I pay my membership fee and submit my work?
A: When you log in you will see ‘Authors and Writers Dashboard’ – to enter, check the 2021 Awards header and follow the links. This image of the Authors and Writers Dashboard is where you are supposed to be and what you are supposed to see.

Q: What is the price to enter an award?
A: It costs £20 to enter a submission in any award category.

Q: I can't find the entry link
A: The entry link will only be visible to you once you have made your payment. Please log in > go to your 'Awards Submission Dashboard' to find the payment link, which is under your 'Memberships Dashboard ~ hover over Me > Memberships Dashboard. Once you have made your payment, come back to your 'Awards Submission Dashboard' and you will see a header called: Here is the Entry Link. Click on that link to enter your submission.

Q: How do I enter the awards?
Follow these steps:

1. Register a free account as an author or writer or screenwriter
2. Login
3. When you log in you will see ‘Authors and Writers Dashboard’ – to enter, check the 2021 Awards header and follow the links.

Q: If I turn 18 before the awards close, can I register and enter now?
A: Yes, you can. As long as you are 18 by the time the awards close at the end of May, you can enter.

Award Categories

Q: Which award category should I enter?
A: In total, there are five award categories, and you can enter up to five submissions across the different award categories.

Writing Award ~ for unpublished, completed manuscripts
Young Writer Award ~ for writers aged between 18 and 25
Writing Mentorship Award ~ for uncompleted manuscripts
Screenplay Award ~ for scriptwriters with a completed screenplay
Book Award ~ for authors with a published book, mainstream or independently published
All Awards accept fiction and non-fiction in all genres

You can submit an entry to more than one category. See the Award Membership Packages via your Authors and Writers Dashboard or the ME menu (when you are logged in).

Q: How many award categories can I enter?
A: You can select to enter any of the categories. A basic bronze package will give you one entry. A silver package will allow you to enter twice in any category, either two submissions to one category to one submission to any category. A gold package will allow you to enter five times in any category, which can be more than one submission to any chosen category or one submission to each category.

Q: If I enter the same piece of writing into two award categories, what do I have to do?
A: You need to enter it twice and each one you need to select the different category in the submission form.

Submissions

Q: How do Readers get to see my entry and make comments on them?
A: If you choose the sharing options under a silver or gold package, your submission will automatically receive social sharing icons at the top of the submission page.

You will also see a checkbox inside your submission for you to select that you want 'Reader Feedback' and you can share your entry link to ask for comments. Please note that if you don't feedback and if you want to keep your submission private and only for the judges to see, you must select 'Judges Only' in your submission entry.

We also share the silver and gold package entry links. If you select to have a newsletter insertion, we include your entry link in our newsletter. Readers can make comments on your entry in the comments box below your entry.

Q: How to edit my submission?
A: To edit a submission, log in. Hover over ME > go to my submissions > click your submission link, which takes you the submission page. There you will see an 'Edit' button. Click that to access your submission and you can change it accordingly.

Ways To Receive Reader Feedback
A. You can start to share your entry link immediately after you enter and ask friends and followers to give you feedback.
B. You can also share your entry via the Facebook and Twitter social icons at the top of your entry. You will only see these if you opt for a sharing package as this is not available through the basic bronze membership package.
C. If you choose to have a newsletter insertion to get extra feedback, make sure you factor in enough time to get scheduled into our newsletters. Please note that the optional extras of a newsletter insertion is to boost your feedback and encourage our readers to give you feedback, but you must factor in enough time for this.

Q: How do I, as an Author or Writer, get to see other entries?
A: You only get to see entries if the entrants have selected that they're happy to share, you will not see the ones who have selected for their entry to only be visible to the judges.

Q: How do I get to see comments that are made about my submission?
A: You log in and go to your entry link and scroll to the bottom where the comments are, and you can view them there. You can also reply to any comments you feel are necessary. When you are logged in, you can see your submissions via ME on the main menu > My Submissions.

Q: Do I submit my whole manuscript?
A: No. We only want to see the first 10 pages.

Q: What happens to the rest of my manuscript?
A: You hold onto the manuscript until we announce the shortlist or if we get in touch with you at any time during the judging process to notify you that one of our judges would like to read the entire manuscript.

Q: Who owns copyright of my work?
A: You do. At all times! Only if and when you negotiate a contract will any of your copyright be handed to a potential publisher. That will only happen outside the awards and within negotiations with an agent or publisher. Page Turner Awards will not deal with that side or handle that for you. We will introduce your work to our judges and if your work appeals to them, they will take it from there.

Q: Can I enter my latest unpublished manuscript into the Book Award?
A: No, please enter it under our Writing Award

Q: Will Amazon or the book stores allow me to submit 10 pages?
A: Most of the online book stores allow authors to showcase sample chapters as they do in the view inside sample, which encourages readers to buy your book. If you are in doubt, contact your online book store to check.

Q: What if a reader criticizes my 10 pages?
A: This is a service to help writers gain valuable feedback about their opening pages. We know how important this is, but we also appreciate how hurtful undue criticism can be, so we will only publish helpful comments and feedback that will help a writer to improve their pages. If you are not happy with a reader's comments, please contact us giving us exact details, and we will remove it.

Q: Can I enter my 2020 submission again, for example into the 2021 awards?
A: Yes. We have more than triple the amount of judges in the 2021 awards compared to our inaugral awards in 2020, so we have lots more judges who haven't seen your work and may judge it highly. Or in the case of literary agents or publishers looking for writers to publish, they may select your writing as a possiblity to represent or publish. In the case of our judge Kelly Rinne from Spectrum Audiobooks who is looking for authors to offer an audiobook production, last year she chose 19 entrants instead of her original intention of one winner because she found it very difficult to choose amongst the wide diversity of stories entered. Kelly will be hunting for new writers and authors again this year, so she could choose your work this time around.

Q: Can the submission be less than 10 pages to end at the best possible place for the prior pages?
A: Yes, you can stop at any point, up to or before 10 pages, that is most appropriate for your story.

Q: Should there be a title page?
A: That will be on the submission – you will see the title of your submission when you enter.

Q:Is my name supposed to be on the pages?
A: Your name will be at the top of the page, you will see this when you make your submission.

Q: I logged in and then went to the Award Categories on your home page and on the menu tab. When I press the link to 2021 Writing Award, there's no button or form to fill out so that I can enter.
A: When you log in you will see ‘Authors and Writers Dashboard’ – follow the links from there to enter. This image of the Authors and Writers Dashboard is where you are supposed to be and what you are supposed to see.

Q: Please confirm the 2021 submission of my first 10 pages of the book manuscript was received correctly and that nothing else is required.
A: If you saw a pop up message saying that your submission was uploaded and saved, then it is fine and nothing more needs to be done.

Deadlines

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: Deadlines and Pricing

Pricing:
Early Bird Deadline: January 2021 to 28 February 2021 ~ £20
Normal Price: March, April, May ~ £30

Submission Deadlines
Final Deadline: 30 May 2021

Q: What is an early bird deadline?

A: This deadline is for a writer who has their manuscript ready to submit by the date stated for the early bird deadline. You will receive a discounted price to enter within this timeframe.

The Page Turner Awards early bird discount will end on Sunday 28th February.

The early bird discount is to help you enter our awards (with all the fantastic opportunities it offers writers and authors) at a lower cost. You don't have to actually submit your work when you take the early bird price. You still have until the end of May to add your work or to do any editing.

Q: Can I submit after the deadlines?
A: No. We have provided several deadlines to allow for writers who have their manuscript ready to go and for others who are still working on their first 10 pages or who want to take up one of our optional extras and thus need a little extra time to work on their pages before submission.

Q: When is the best time to submit my entry?
A: As soon as you have considered the optional extras, and you know which category you want to enter plus your award submission is ready, you can make your booking and entry submission.

Please go through the optional extras carefully and consider which is the best for your entry because once you have chosen you cannot change your membership package. If you are looking for feedback to enhance your submission, don't leave booking and submitting your entry to the last minute. Make sure you factor in enough time to claim your optional extra.

To find the optional extras and the submission process, please log in and follow the instructions on the Author and Writer Dashboard.

Optional Extras

Q: If I opt for the editor's feedback prior to submitting my manuscript, when will I receive it back?
A: Make sure you book this optional extra early! It is unique and will be a highly sought after extra. As soon as you decide to use this service, pop over to our Editing and Feedback page to make your booking.

Our editor, David Imrie, will contact you as soon as he receives your booking. Please note that this extra is not done through our site, so you need to be quick and on the ball to ensure you get your work to David, so it can be returned in time for the judging. Once you have made the booking, you will be sent all the dates which allows you enough time to tweak or rewrite your first 10 pages from the feedback.

Q: Is the Book Award for traditionally published novels or self-published novels?
A: All Books are welcome to be entered.

Q: Is this award for British residents only?
A: No. We invite global submissions from English-speaking writers and authors.

Q: When will I receive optional extras?
A: The various optional extras are available during and after the awards. For example, if you are looking for feedback to enhance your submission, don't leave booking and submitting your entry to the last minute.

Private Feedback
You can claim to get your Private Feedback during or after the awards.

Reader Feedback
A. You can start to share your entry link immediately after you enter and ask friends and followers to give you feedback.
B. You can also share your entry via the Facebook and Twitter social icons at the top of your entry. You will only see these if you opt for a sharing package as this is not available through the basic bronze membership package.
C. If you choose to have a newsletter insertion to get extra feedback, make sure you factor in enough time to get scheduled into our newsletters. Please note that the optional extras of a newsletter insertion is to boost your feedback and encourage our readers to give you feedback, but you must factor in enough time for this.

Editorial Feedback
If you choose to have a development edit and/ or a copy edit, you need to factor in enough time for our editor to read your submission and send feedback plus time for you to rework the feedback into your submission and then edit your submission before the awards close.

My Account

Q: I am trying to register but the page tells me that my email address is already taken.
A: This means you already have an account and may have forgotten that you registered. Do a password reset.

Q: I have done a password reset and haven't had it sent.
A: Please check your junk box in case it's landed in there. If not, send us a message and we can reset it for you.

Q: I can't remember my log in details.
A: Add your email address into the username or email box and do a password reset.

Q: What is the difference between an Author and a Writer and a Reader?
A: Author = already published writer of books
Writer = unpublished writer of books
Reader = someone who reads but doesn’t write