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.

Awards are presented in three categories: 

KEY DATES FOR THE 2021 PRIZE:

Best Published Novel: 

Submissions Open: 5th January - 7th March 2021*

Published Shortlist Revealed: 6th May 2021

Best Unpublished Manuscript:

Submissions Open: 5th January - 7th March 2021*

Unpublished Shortlist Revealed: 20th May 2021

Author of Tomorrow:

Submissions Open: 1st March - 30th April 2021*

Shortlist Revealed: 8th July 2021

Winners Announced, all categories: 8th September 2021

* The submissions window will close at midnight (GMT) on the day stated.


WINNERS OF THE 2020 WILBUR SMITH ADVENTURE WRITING PRIZE:

BEST PUBLISHED NOVEL: The Best Published Novel award was on hiatus for 2020, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BEST UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT: Publishing deal with Bonnier Books UK

Cave Diver by Jacob P. Avila (Australia)

AUTHOR OF TOMORROW, in partnership with Worldreader:

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

The Temple of Ometecuhtli (age 11)

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

The Debt by Poem Schway (age 14)

16-21 years: £1000

Pearl Diving by Sarah Ang (age 21)

Highly Commended by Wilbur and Niso Smith

Tragedy and Triumph in Samburu by Oliver Wright (age 11)