We love hearing about exciting new writing talent here at ProWritingAid. That's why we were thrilled to sponsor the Page Turner Awards this year.
The Page Turner Awards 2020 gave writers and authors the chance to enter their work into a competition where they could win a publishing contract, film rights option, mentoring partnership, and more. Each award winner received a ProWritingAid Premium license, and one author let us know that he'd already been using ProWritingAid on his manuscript!
The judging panel included agents and publishers looking for writers to publish, film producers looking for scripts to produce, and high-profile experts from the literary world (including ProWritingAid's own Lisa Lepki!).
The global awards culminated in a (very 2020) Zoom awards ceremony. It was great to put names to faces and to see just how much the awards meant to the authors.
Congratulations to all of the winners. We can't wait to see your books on the shelves!
If you'd like to take part in next year's awards, keep reading for more details (and some awesome inspiration from this year's winners).
The 2020 Winners
An incredible 56 awards and prizes were presented during the ceremony. Here are just some of the success stories:
- Three writers have won literary agency representation
- Four writers have had their full manuscript requested by literary agents
- Five writers have won a writing mentorship
- Five writers have won a publishing contract
- Two already-published authors have won an audiobook production
- Thirteen indie authors have won a publishing contract and audiobook production
- Two indie authors have won highly valuable publicity campaigns
The main awards of the night were the Fiction and Non-Fiction Book and eBook awards. You can read an extract from the winning submissions by following the links below.
Fiction and Non-Fiction Book and eBook Awards
Mark Stibbe: Fiction Writing Award
Mark Stibbe, from Folkestone in Kent, has been announced as the winner of the Page Turner Awards Fiction Writing Award for his manuscript A Book in Time. Mark has also been offered literary representation by London literary agent Yasmin Kane.
You can watch an interview with Mark and Yasmin below:
Premise: Imagine if an antique book, a rare first edition, could speak and could tell the tale of its 200-year journey in search of the mother who bore it. Would such a story not call forth in us a new reverence for physical books?
Elizabeth Goodhue: Non-Fiction Writing Award
Elizabeth Goodhue is a freelance writer and blogger. Her blog, thetruthaboutdownsyndrome.com, hatched into The Truth About Down Syndrome: Lessons Learned from Raising a Son with Trisomy-21. She has been offered representation by literary agent Kizzy Thompson through the awards.
Premise: A mother traces her personal journey beyond the maze of social, governmental, medical, and school bureaucracies that accompany people with different abilities. Her mission has always been to bust the stereotypes people create, not just around Trisomy-21, but around anyone with a difference.
David Hay: Fiction eBook Award
David Hay from Stockton-on-Tees has been announced as the winner of the Page Turner Awards eBook Fiction Award for his contemporary humour novel, The Wisdom of the Wise.
Premise: Trouble is brewing in the sleepy village of Clamford in the Vale where the locals are experiencing hard times since the winter storms ripped away their ancient road bridge. The pub is struggling, the church congregation is dwindling, and the farmers are wearing permanent frowns. Salvation appears in the form of a generous legacy bequeathed by a recently deceased lady of the manor, but her generosity comes with conditions... conditions which soon generate a scandal that few will ever forget.
Robert Barry: Non-Fiction eBook Award
Robert Barry from Kilkenny in Ireland has been announced as the winner of the Page Turner Awards eBook Non-Fiction Award for his eBook, The Truth—The Biggest Cover-Up in History.
Premise: The Holy Grail is a gate through which we may return to heaven. ‘I will create a gate. Whoever enters through it will be saved.’ (John 10:9) For the first time in 2,000 years, this book reveals all!
Mentorship Prize Winners
The Mentorship Prize gives authors the opportunity to be awarded a writing mentor who will help them hone their style and get their manuscript ready for publication.
The 2020 winners are:
Suzanne Smart, P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E. I.M.P.R.I.N.T. Lasting Impressions for Transformation. Find Suzanne on Twitter.
Emily MacNevin, Ruby's Big Red Heart.
Spectrum Audiobooks chose the following authors to win an audiobook production worth thousands:
TD Parker, At Arm's Length.
Dominic Hayes, Room 40: 25 Years Before Bletchley Park, Codebreakers Gather.
Publishing Contract Winners
The following writers have won a publishing contract and audiobook production with Spectrum Publishing. We'll be looking out for their titles as they are released!
Chas Harrington, On The Cards of Steven McGuire.
Aaron A. Davis, The Dead Breathe Still.
PR Prize Winners
Two indie authors have won publicity campaigns worth thousands:
UK PR Prize from Palamedes PR
Robert Fear, Summer of '77: Beaches, bars and boogie nights in Ibiza. Find Robert on Twitter.
US PR Prize from Anthony Mora PR
Patron Prize Winners
The authors who had the most votes from friends, family, and followers for their 2020 submissions were:
The 2021 Awards
ProWritingAid sends a massive congratulations to all of the winners. If you've got a story you'd like to share, why not enter the 2021 awards?
Here's what some of this year's winners had to say about taking part:
"I submitted part of my memoir never expecting to win something. When I heard that I was a finalist and that an agent was interested in my book, I couldn't believe it. Submitting is a simple process, and I am glad that I did it. Now, having been announced as the winner… I can’t believe it! It just goes to show that anyone with a true-life story told well can be a writer and even go on to win a writing award." — Elizabeth Goodhue
"Writing awards encourage new and aspiring writers to develop their writing skills in a most enjoyable and non-threatening manner. Winning is the icing on the cake and has inspired me to keep writing." — David Hay
After the success of this year's awards, the Page Turners will be back next year. The award categories will include:
- eBook Award
- Screenplay Award
- Writing Award
- Writing Mentorship Award
- Young Writer Award
For more information, head over to the Page Turners website, and subscribe to their newsletter below.