Page Turner Awards is inviting rural writers to get involved in the Page Turner Awards 2021.
The Page Turner Awards, sponsored by ProWritingAid, is an inclusive writing and book awards with one goal – to change the lives of as many writers as possible. The team at Page Turner Awards passionately believe that talented writers can be from any background, age, race, religion, or interest.
People who live a quiet rural life may be talented writers with undiscovered literary gems. Whether you have a countryside guide about caring for tropical orchids, a story about renovating a rural property, a memoir about a family drama played out on the rural landscape, a gasp-inducing thriller, or the next-big-thing comedy involving heroic country characters, Page Turner Awards can’t wait to pass your story to their panel of influential literary agents, publishers and film producers.
Success stories 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.
Beyond the life-changing prizes, Page Turner Awards writers have been most impressed with the scope of support offered to them — a rarity in the world of writing awards, which usually offer little beyond a letter confirming your submission. The Page Turner Awards offers so much more than a simple prize, but instead has created a supportive writing community and a “movement” focused on author growth and development.
The Page Turner Awards Fiction Writing Award 2020 winner Mark Stibbe, from Kent in England, has some words of advice: “I recommend all writers, especially aspiring writers, enter writing contests. I’m so glad I entered! Winning the Page Turner Fiction Writing Award and receiving a literary agent to represent me…wow!”
Agent Yasmin Kane was immediately hooked on Stibbe’s story, A Book In Time, and anticipates a bright publishing career ahead for the novelist.
Elizabeth Goodhue from New Hampshire, USA was also delighted to gain recognition for her memoir, The Truth About Down Syndrome, which is an emotive story showing how the lives of people with Down Syndrome can be as rich and rewarding as any other.
Elizabeth said, “When I heard a literary agent was interested in my book, I couldn’t believe it. Now, having been announced as the Writing Award Non-Fiction Winner and with a literary agent representing my writing… I’m stunned! Anyone with a true-life story told well can be a writer and even win an award.”
The Page Turner Awards gives writers and authors the chance to enter unpublished or published fiction and non-fiction and screenplays, to be read by a carefully curated judging panel made up of influential players in the publishing and film industry. Prizes span everything from mentorships to audiobook production, publishing packages and film rights options.
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, and most of them heart-warming and moving. We’re proud that our awards celebrate excellent writing and helps writers and authors to get their stories discovered.”
There is no doubt that members of the rural community, with their passion for countryside pursuits, will have some excellent and fascinating stories to share.
Submissions close on the 31st of May. Find out more about The Page Turner
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Winter Guests have arrived




If you haven’t been out to the valley to see the trumpeter swans yet, now is the time!
A pair of masterfully crafted swans is now on display at the Crescent Valley trailhead opposite Frog Peak Cafe. The large snow sculpture is part of a month-long outdoor Art on the Trails exhibition. #svartontherails
Winter Guests is the title of the piece, created by the father and daughter team, Carl and Simone Schlichting. The stunning carving is both impressive in size and striking against a dark row of thick evergreens overlooking the river.
Carl and Simone braved the cold temperatures this week to complete the carving. Having packed the form 10 days earlier, the duo waited for the ideal weather for the snow to set up. Many will relate with their inspiration for the piece, as people come from far to catch a glimpse of the live swans that migrate through this region each winter.
As professionals in the art of snow sculpting, the two have participated in many snow festivals and competitions around the world, most recently in Banff for the SnowDays Festival in January. They also handcraft their tools of the trade, salvaging unique parts such as gang nail plates and chipper blades and fashion them into specialized carving implements. The tools impart a sense of wonder on par with the sculptures they create.
The sculpture is part of an outdoor Art on the Rails exhibition that can be viewed this month along the valley rail trail system. The project is a collaboration between the Slocan Valley Community Arts Council and the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society, thanks to funding in part by the Slocan Valley Legacy Fund.
In addition to the snow sculpture, a series of digital print signs representing a variety of artists will be accessible to ski or walk to (200m) from four trailhead locations: Crescent Valley, Winlaw, Passmore and Slocan until March 21st, weather permitting. The installation of these signs will happen in the coming days.
Visitors to the rail trail to enjoy the art are also encouraged to consider making a donation to the Heritage Trail Society for the huge efforts that go into maintaining the trail year round. They accept e-transfers:, or at the donations boxes located at each trailhead.
Stay tuned for contest details on social media to win artworks and play along! #svcartontherails
Slocan Valley Arts