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2018 £15,000 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Posted on Fri, Jan 5 2018 9:18 am by The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation

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The 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is open for submissions. 

Adventure is a broad genre and thrillers, crime, historical fiction or fantasy novels are often also an adventure story. You can see what we consider an adventure story here.

We are seeking entries within three categories - published, unpublished and the author of tomorrow. With prizes from £1,500 - £15,000, it’s an opportunity not to be missed. We welcome entries from writers of any nationality, writing in English. 


Published Novel | Prize: £15,000

Novels must be published between 1st January 2017 and 30th April 2018. Proof copies are accepted.


Unpublished Manuscript | Prize: £7,500 Writer’s Adventure Research Award and guidance from Wilbur’s literary agents

Novels must be 50,000+ words in length and authors not represented by a literary agent. Self-published books are eligible.


Author of Tomorrow – short stories by writers aged 21 years and under | Prize: £1,500 and digital publication

Entrants must be aged 21 years and under at time of submission. Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words.

Deadline for submissions: 12th March 2018

Full details and how to submit are available on our website.