2021 Award Details

Here's everything you need to know to enter the 2021 Page Turner Awards. On this page we cover all details for entering the Writing Award and Young Writer Award for unpublished work, the eBook Award for published work and the Screenplay Award for scripts and screenplays.

We list everything you need to know from Deadlines and pricing, Winners' Announcements, Important to note, Rules and Optional extras. Please read this carefully so you understand what you need to enter the awards, the timings and deadlines and what else we are including as optional extras. Plus the vitally important things you need to take note.

Please also see our FAQ for any other questions you may have. If your work is not ready for the 2021 awards, why not sign up to receive early notice about the 2022 awards? Subscribe here.

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    Deadlines and Pricing

    Awards Open: 1 January 2021
    Early Bird Deadline: 31 January 2021 ~ £20
    Final Deadline: 30 April 2021 ~ £30

    Winners' Announcement

    All shortlisted entries will be contacted by email and then posted on the Page Turner Awards website.
    Winners will be announced by email and on the PTA website in June 2021.
    Winners will be announced in relevant areas of the media in July 2021.

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    Important Notes

    • All entries will be read and judged
    • The cash prize is also judged by readers for votes to win the cash. This is voluntary, you do not have to enter for this prize.
    • The optional extras are just that, optional to pick and choose if you think they will boost your entry. You don't have to choose any to enter.
    • If you want to keep your entry private and not visible to the public and only visible to the judges you can select to do this.
    • SUBMISSION: You will not see the submission links until you have A) registered and logged in, B) made your entry payment ~ then the submission links will be visible. Please note that the entry links WILL NOT be visible until 1 January 2021. Subscribe to be notified when the awards open.

    Rules

    eBook Award Rules

    1. The Page Turner 2020 eBook Award is an international contest and open to global submissions.
    2. Books can be traditionally published or self-published.
    3. Scripts and screenplays must be available for option.
    4. The contest is open to entrants 18 or older.
    5. All submissions, booking details and payments are final, and NO refunds will be issued.
    6. Each entry is judged by the full picture, which includes your cover, description and first 10 pages (2500 - 3000 words maximum)
    7. At the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, the submitted book must be your copyrighted property.
    8. You MUST only submit your own work.
    9. Submissions MUST be the sole property of the author or authors.
    10. Submission MUST be your own original work, story and characters. Any submissions of existing literary characters and or stories not in the public domain, as well as any stories from television or film that the writer does not own will be disqualified.
    11. All entries will be read.
    12. eBooks published at any time before the awards open will be accepted.
    13. No feedback is given, unless you opt for our reader feedback optional extra.
    14. Page Turner Awards Judges will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
    15. All work will remain the property of the author or authors throughout the contest and beyond.
    16. At no point will any of the judges do anything more with your work without your consent.
    17. Entrants may be contacted from a representative of Page Turner Awards in regard to representation, production, or a possible option of the entered work.
    18. By entering, you agree to receive emails from us and you can unsubscribe at any time.
    19. Your submitted material will be shared exclusively with our Judges.
    20. By entering, you agree to allow Page Turner Awards to share details if your eBook.
    21. Page Turner Awards reserves the right to change or modify these rules and terms and conditions at any time without notice.
    22. By entering and paying for your submission, you accept our Terms and Conditions.

    Writing Award Rules

    1. The Page Turner 2020 Writing Award is an international contest and open to global submissions.
    2. The contest is open to entrants 18 or older.
    3. The Young Writer is open to entrants 18 ~ 25.
    4. All submissions, booking details and payments are final, and NO refunds will be issued.
    5. Each entry is judged by the work, and the words, not by anything else. This award is about your writing.
    6. At the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, the entered manuscript must remain the writer’s property.
    7. Submissions MUST be the sole property of the writer or writers.
    8. Submission MUST be your own original work, story and characters. Any submissions of existing literary characters and or stories not in the public domain, as well as any stories from television or film that the writer does not own will be disqualified.
    9. All entries will be read.
    10. No feedback is given, unless you opt for our editor's feedback or for the Readers Feedback optional extras.
    11. Submissions previously optioned are NOT allowed.
    12. Page Turner Awards Judges will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
    13. All manuscripts will remain the property of the writer or writers throughout the contest. At no point will any of the judges do anything more with your work without your consent.
    14. Entrants may be contacted from a representative of Page Turner Awards in regard to representation, production, or a possible option of the entered work.
    15. Judges are under no obligation to represent any entries.
    16. By entering, you agree to receive emails from us and you can unsubscribe at any time.
    17. By entering and being short-listed, you agree to allow Page Turner Awards to share details if your manuscript.
    18. Shortlisted entrants agree to provide the full and completed manuscript and share that with the judges.
    19. Page Turner Awards reserves the right to change or modify these rules and terms and conditions at any time without notice.
    20. By entering and paying for your submission, you accept our Terms and Conditions.

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    Optional Extras

    If you want more than just ‘Basic Admission’, you will find below a list of helpful options, unique to Page Turner Awards. You can receive many of these extras prior to making your final submission to ensure that your first 10 pages submission (2500 - 3000 words maximum) as good as it possibly can be before the judges see it. Other optional extras, such as PR for your book, are designed to boost publicity and exposure of your work, something many authors find difficult to organize on their own.

    You choose! If you feel that your submission does not need any of these extra options, just select ‘Basic Membership Package.' Good luck!

    Optional Extras List:

    Editor Development Feedback and Editing

    If you want to ensure you get the best submission in front of our judges you can opt to have feedback on your entry from our editor and have your first 10 pages (2500 - 3000 words maximum) edited.

    A development (aka structural) edit takes a broad looks at the novel from the points of view of plot, characterisation (and point of view), consistency and plausibility - in a nutshell, does the book work, and how could it be better? It also takes in pace, dialogue and voice to look at the style of the book and how it can be made more focused and engaging.

    A copy (aka line) edit focuses on the actual text itself. Spelling and grammar will be checked and corrected (using MS Word tracked changes - the author can then accept/reject these), but this edit will also spot incorrect verb tense usage, repeated words (especially adjectives, adverbs, verbs), peculiar word choice, and sentences which are overly long or confusing and break the flow. It will ensure (within reason! ...and without replacing the author's voice) that the standard of your manuscript is high level, literary native English.

    Editing Testimonial

    "My development edit was done quickly. David's service was excellent and I received very constructive feedback." ~ Anttimatti Pennanen

    Find out more about these optional extras and the difference between a development edit and a copy edit.

    Editing Software Free Trial

    The Page Turner Awards highly recommends that all entrants grab a free trial of ProWritingAid before submitting their final manuscript. This will ensure that you are giving yourself the best chance of being short-listed or chosen as a winner by offering our judges your best work, with the help of ProWritingAid. Grab a free trial of ProWritingAid.

    We also have Private and Reader Feedback options on your work.

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    Feedback Options

    You can select to keep your work private or get feedback.

    Private Feedback

    You can select to receive private feedback. This has nothing to do with Reader Feedback, commenting or votes. You will receive feedback on your 10 pages submission after the awards close. Only you get to see this and it is sent to your private email. If you would Private Feedback, you can choose this as an optional extra.

    Votes and Comments

    Promote your eBook to get extra votes and comments. Comment is only if you choose to receive feedback on your work, you do not have to select this option. Votes is only if you want to get a better chance of winning the cash prize, you do not have to opt in for The Patron Prize. If you do not want readers to see your work, you can skip this option and view our Film Rights Promotion.

    To encourage Reader Feedback and Voting for the cash prize, you have several options:

    Reader Feedback

    Receive valuable feedback from our readers about your eBook's opening pages. This is valuable to writers, so they can see what readers like about their pages, if the characters are engaging and if the story is compelling enough for them to turn the pages. You can select this optional extra when you make your submission booking. If you are looking for votes and 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 have a press release written and sent to your local community media and to get scheduled into our newsletters.

    Boost Reader Feedback Promotion

    Here you have several options:

    • Feedback Request Newsletter Insertion - You can opt to get extra feedback via a Book Luver newsletter insertion. This will go out to more than 30K active and avid readers.
    • Reader Feedback Press Release - If you select this option we will work with you on a press release to your local community media or any industry related media to ask for more feedback to your work.
    • Viral Sharing: You have the option to include your Twitter and Facebook links, and we will share these on social media posts. The links will also be visible to readers coming to vote for your entry and thus share virally. This all counts towards getting more votes and commenting feedback.

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    Banner Adverts

    Extra ways to promote your award entry to get extra votes. These banner options will be shown on all the pages readers visit throughout the awards when they visit the site to vote and comment on the different awards.

    • Featured Banner Advert: Non-rotating banner advert featured at the top of the page with image, text and links for 2 weeks.
    • Image Banner Advert: Rotates with other banners. Only an image which links to your website or book for 2 weeks.

    Please note: your banner advert must be submitted in the correct size and high standards otherwise we cannot accept it. We do offer banner advert creation as an optional extra. If you would like to check if your banner will be accepted you can email us a link to the banner via our contact page and we will confirm if it will be accepted or not.

    Film Rights Promotion

    AFTER JUDGING, have your eBook Award entry or Writing Award entry sent to production companies for a possible film option. With this option we will send your work to a list of production companies who are always on the look out for new work to produce as films or television series. We will promote your work for 6 months after the awards.

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    How to Enter

    Now, find out how to enter the awards.