New Voices

We are thrilled to announce the five winners of the 2023 New Voices award, designed to support them to take an idea and turn it into a finished manuscript.

The shortlisted authors hail from Ghana, the UK and the USA and will be supported through their journey by the Foundation as they receive one-to-one editorial guidance and mentoring.

Congratulations to all five writers. Click on the icons below to find out more about the five selected writers and their works in progress:

About New Voices

The New Voices Award supports writers to develop an idea they've yet to commit to paper, or those in the very early stages of their work in progress. The Award provides mentorship and editorial guidance for aspiring authors and encourages entries from all writers, including those from underrepresented backgrounds with a new story to tell.

The prize is exclusively for unpublished writers. Writers must not be represented by a literary agent, or be under an existing or future contract to any publisher. The work submitted must not have been previously self-published, or have been published in full or in part through any publisher or other media. 

To participate, writers must submit their opening three chapters totalling no more than 10,000 words and a full plot outline of no more than 1,000 words detailing where they imagine the story will go. Submissions are now closed. The winners will be revealed on 18th October 2023. Entries will open towards the end of the year for the 2024 award.

The New Voices Award is sponsored and supported by Bonnier Books UK, the publisher of Wilbur Smith’s vast treasure-trove of adventure fiction – including 2023's much-anticipated historical epic novels Nemesis and Testament. Bonnier Books UK provides funding and editorial feedback to the prize, seeking to empower upcoming writers and uncover the emerging stars of the genre.

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The New Voices Award is sponsored and supported by