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 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BEST UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT: Publishing deal with Bonnier Books UK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)


Key dates for the 2020 Prize are as follows: 

Best Published Novel and Best Unpublished Manuscript:
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Unpublished Shortlist Revealed: 28th May 2020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: September 2020

Author of Tomorrow
Submissions Open: 5th March – 5th May 2020
Shortlist Revealed: 2nd July 2020