The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is an international writing prize that supports and celebrates the best adventure writing today. The Prize is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English.

On 1st May 2020, we announced the Best Published Novel award is on hiatus for 2020, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read our full letter here

The Best Unpublished Manuscript and Author of Tomorrow awards will continue as planned.

Awards are presented in three categories: 

KEY DATES FOR THE 2020 PRIZE:

Best Published Novel and Best Unpublished Manuscript (currently closed for submissions):

Submissions Open: 6th January – 2nd March 2020

Published Longlist Revealed: 7th May 2020

Published Shortlist Revealed: 21st May 2020

Unpublished Shortlist Revealed: 28th May 2020

Winners Announced: 9th September 2020

Please note the Best Published Novel award will not go ahead in 2020.


Author of Tomorrow (currently closed for submissions):

Submissions Open: 5th March – 5th May 2020

Shortlist Revealed: 2nd July 2020

Winners Announced: 9th September 2020



WINNERS OF THE 2019 WILBUR SMITH ADVENTURE WRITING PRIZE:

BEST PUBLISHED NOVEL: £15,000

Firefly by Henry Porter (Quercus)


BEST UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT: Publishing deal with Bonnier Books UK

What We Did at the End by Cecily Blench (UK)


AUTHOR OF TOMORROW, in partnership with Worldreader:

11 and Under: £100 and £150 in book tokens for the winner's school

The Midnight Zone by Ewan Hart (age 9)

12-15 years: £100 and £150 in book tokens for the winner's school

The Lament of Orphia by Eshana Dasanjh (age 15)

16-21 years: £1000

An Adventure at Sea by Meg Lintern (age 16)

Highly Commended by Wilbur and Niso Smith

Cold by Ryan Bridges (age 18)