First awarded in 2016, the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize has recognised the following authors for their excellent work in the adventure genre.

Adventure is a genre that crosses borders and we are pleased to show its diversity with stories that could also be called thrillers, crime or historical fiction. 


BEST PUBLISHED NOVEL

2018 Best Published Novel winner: A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee

See the shortlist here.

2017 Best Published Novel winner: Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

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2016 Best Published Novel winner: The Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison

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BEST UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT

2018 Best Unpublished Manuscript winner: Blood in the Dust by Bill Swiggs

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- Blood in the Dust will be published by Bonnier Zaffre in September 2019.

2017 Best Unpublished Manuscript winner: Holliday by Matt Di Paoli

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2016 Best Unpublished Manuscript winner: The Hum of the Sun by Kirsten Miller

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- The Hum of the Sun was published by Kwela Books in April 2018