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: 

WINNERS OF THE 2020 WILBUR SMITH ADVENTURE WRITING PRIZE:

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BEST UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT: Publishing deal with Bonnier Books UK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)


KEY DATES FOR THE 2021 PRIZE:

Exact dates will be announced towards the end of 2020 but the guide below should give you a timeframe to aim for if you're considering entering the 2021 Prize. 

Best Published Novel and Best Unpublished Manuscript (currently closed for submissions):

Submissions Open: January 2021

Shortlists Revealed: May 2021

Winners Announced: September 2021

Author of Tomorrow (currently closed for submissions):

Submissions Open: March 2021

Shortlist Revealed: July 2021

Winners Announced: September 2021