Author of Tomorrow Prize 2019 - Submissions

The Author of Tomorrow 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, aged 21 and under, who have completed a short piece of adventure writing in English.

The award is run in partnership with Worldreader, a charity on a mission to make everyone a reader. Written by young people, for young people to read, and judged by a panel of young readers, the Author of Tomorrow plays its part in improving global literacy levels.

The award is currently closed for submissions. The 2020 Author of Tomorrow will accept submissions from 5th March – 5th May 2020.

How do I enter?
On 5th March you will be able to submit your entry via on online portal which will be available on this page.

How to enter?
The 2019 Author of Tomorrow is now closed. Each of the stories are being read and reviewed, and the shortlist will be announced by 19th July 2019.

If you are interested in entering the award in 2020, you can find our definition of adventure writing here. Young writers must enter the in the relevant age category:

Category 1: age 16-21 years
Prize: £1,000
Young writers must submit a short adventure story between 1500-5000 words in length.

Category 2: age 12-15 years
Prize: £100 plus £150 in book tokens for their school, library or charity of choice
Young writers must submit a short adventure story between 1500-5000 words in length.

Category 3: age 11 and under
Prize: £100 plus £150 in book tokens for their school, library or charity of choice
Young writers must submit a short adventure story up to 500 words in length.


Terms & Conditions
Please read the guidelines before submitting your entry for the Author of Tomorrow. Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules:

  1. The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
  2. Submissions must be within the word count specified above.
  3. You may submit multiple works. Each entry must be submitted separately and will be considered a separate entry.
  4. Entries must be submitted digitally, as a Microsoft Word .doc or .docx. Please contact submissions@wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org if you have any questions about file type.
  5. There must be no reference to the author's name or personal details in the manuscript. We operate a blind judging process.
  6. If your entry is shortlisted it will be published by our partners at Worldreader and used to improve global literacy levels.


We reserve the right:

  • to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules. We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition.
  • to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control.
  • to not award the first prize, where circumstances are beyond our control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of entries is not up to the required standard.

We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered is secure.