Entries for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize must meet the following criteria:

Published Work

  1. The 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is open for submission and closes on 12th March 2018. Any novel submitted after this date will not be eligible for entry.
  2. The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
  3. Entrants may submit multiple works as long as they were all published between 1st January 2017 - 30th April 2018. Proof copies will be accepted.
  4. The work in question must have been published by a recognised trade publisher.
  5. Entrants must submit two copies of the completed novel, as well as a covering letter explaining why the work qualifies as adventure writing (using the definition provided here), to the following address: The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation, 2-6 Atlantic Road, 2nd Floor, London, SW9 8HY.
  6. We reserve the right to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules.
  7. We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition.
  8. We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered is secure.
  9. We reserve the right to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control. We reserve the right to not award the first prize, where circumstances are beyond our control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of entries is not up to the required standard.
  10. Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules.
  11. The shortlist will be announced in May 2018.

Unpublished Work

  1. The 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is open for submission and closes on 12th March 2018. Any novel submitted after this date will not be eligible for entry.
  2. The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English (you can read what we consider adventure writing from the definition provided here). 
  3. You may enter multiple works but each novel will be considered a separate entry.
  4. Please download and complete the 2018 submission form and send it alongside your manuscript. 
  5. All submissions must be made via email (submissions@wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org), ideally saved as a Microsoft Word document.
  6. Submissions must exceed 50,000 words in length.
  7. The author must not already have a novel published by a recognised trade publisher.
  8. Self-published books are eligible.
  9. If you enter your novel in other competitions and you win, please notify us and withdraw your submission.
  10. Entrants must not be represented by a literary agent.
  11. We reserve the right to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules.
  12. We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition.
  13. We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered is secure.
  14. We reserve the right to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control. We reserve the right to not award the first prize, where circumstances are beyond our control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of entries is not up to the required standard for publication.
  15. Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules.
  16. The shortlist will be announced in May 2018.