Author of Tomorrow


The Author of Tomorrow Award is designed to find the adventure writers of the future. Part of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, it is an annual competition open to young people across the world who have completed a short piece of adventure writing in English.

Prizes are awarded in three categories:

11 and Under | Up to 500 words | Prize: £100, plus £150 book tokens for your school

12-15 years | 1,000 - 2,000 words | Prize: £250, plus £150 book tokens for your school

16-21 years | 1,500 - 3,000 words | Prize: £1,000

Each shortlisted author also has their work digitally published on Worldreader’s BookSmart app. Each story will be online and available for readers anywhere in the world there is internet. 

The Author of Tomorrow opened for submissions on 1st March, 2024.