Page Turner Awards writing contest looking for diverse travel stories

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Travel editor, Zara Sekhavati, won Marni Seneker as her mentor for her memoir, Another Iran, which is about her travels around Iran with a female cousin who lives in Iran. It's about the places they see and people they meet, interspersed with Iranian history, culture, and childhood memories of holidaying in Iran every summer. The point of Sekhavati’s book is to show another side to Iran, a side that readers may not be familiar with, and it’s about giving Iran a voice. She wants to share the everyday life of Iran, its culture, and its people. Photo Omid Armin on Unsplash

Page Turner Awards believes that talented travel writers can come from any background, age, race, religion, or interest.

Men, women, and young adult travel writers are invited to enter their fascinating stories of interesting life experiences into the 2022 awards. In particular, the awards judging panel is keen to discover unique voices from diverse cultures around the world.

For the 2021 awards, many aspiring writers walked off the red carpet with life-changing prizes.

The awards celebrated several winning authors, writers, and screenwriters at a glittering online event where Paul Michael Glaser, from Starsky and Hutch fame, was a special guest to announce the winners.

Two travel writers were celebrated in the 2021 awards.

Extreme travel blogger, Ruth Millington, won the Writing Award for her non-fiction memoir, Aftershock, which is the true story of how Ruth Millington and her best friend survived the 2003 Bam earthquake in Iran, which killed over 30,000 people. It details their 30-hour rescue attempt to save 12 people with, mostly, their bare hands, Ruth’s struggles with horrific PTSD, and her recent exploration of what really caused their intense friendship to end within months of the earthquake.

Travel editor, Zara Sekhavati, won Marni Seneker as her mentor for her memoir, Another Iran, which is about her travels around Iran with a female cousin who lives in Iran. It’s about the places they see and people they meet, interspersed with Iranian history, culture, and childhood memories of holidaying in Iran every summer. The point of Sekhavati’s book is to show another side to Iran, a side that readers may not be familiar with, and it’s about giving Iran a voice. She wants to share the everyday life of Iran, its culture, and its people.

The judging panel for 2022 is made up of literary agents and publishers looking for fictional dramas, memories, and true-life stories. Yours, possibly collecting dust in a drawer or within your computer chips, may see the light of day in the 2022 awards.

One new unpublished writer won literary agency representation, while a screenwriter won literary management. Another new writer won a publishing deal, seven independent authors won an audiobook production from Spectrum Audiobooks, plus one other won a publishing package (including an edit, book cover, and book trailer), and another author won a book adaptation. See more success stories and winners.

Paul Michael Glaser said, “Thank you to the Page Turner Awards for involving me. It has been a huge honor to be amongst so many fantastic writers.”

Whether you have a modern guide to feminism, a memoir about growing up or discovering who you are, a gasp-inducing macho thriller, or the next-big-thing comedy screenplay with heroic characters, Page Turner Awards can’t wait to pass your story to their panel of influential literary judges.

The Page Turner Awards, sponsored by ProWritingAid, offers authors, writers, and screenwriters the chance to enter the first 10 pages of their writing project, where a judging panel of literary experts and film producers will read the work.

Submissions for the 2022 Awards are now open. Find out how you too can enter your writing into The Page Turner Awards: https://pageturnerawards.com

The 2021 Award Winners

Writing Award Winners

Claire Stibbe and Jaya Padmanabhanwon the Writing Award for fiction, and Ruth Millington won the Writing Award for non-fiction. 

Claire Stibbe won the Writing Award for her submission, No Good Lie. Claire shared the number one slot with Jaya Padmanabhan, for Bloom of a Drunken Coconut. The Writing Award Non-Fiction winner was Ruth Millington for her memoir, Aftershock.

Emma Williams was offered literary agency representation from Samar Hammam of Rocking Chair Books Literary Agency. Emma’s submission, The Life and Death of Agnes Grace, had a neck-and-neck race with the two winners who won.

Book Award Winners

Zarina Macha won the Fiction for her young adult story, Anne. Zarina won a publishing package, which includes an edit, book cover design, and book trailer. 

Andrea Wilson Woods won the Book Award for non-fiction for her memoir, Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days.

From the Book Award shortlist, six authors won an audiobook production from Spectrum Audiobooks.

Young Writer Award Winner

At the tender age of 23, Jaidyn Groth, won this award for her submission, The Other Side of Sunshine. Jaidyn is a talent to watch because she also won second place for another story she submitted.

Writing Mentorship Winners

Helen Rowe won Karen Williams as her mentor. Candace Cox and Alex Johnson both won Ann Brady as their mentor. Zara Sekhavati has won Marni Seneker as her mentor.

Screenplay Award Winners

Feature Film Winner: Martin Keady for Man of Colour

TV Series Winner: Jonny King for Gifted

Short Film Winner: Phil Vengrinovich for Regarding the Pain of Others

Book Adaptation Needed Winner: LM Latham for Shoot the Savage

As well as winning the overall Screenplay Award, Jonny King won literary management from Sean Dubravac from Entertainment Lab.

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