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


BEST PUBLISHED NOVEL

2019 Best Published Novel winner: Firefly by Henry Porter

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

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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BEST UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT

2020 Best Unpublished Manuscript winner: Cave Diver by Jake Avila

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- Cave Diver will be published by Bonnier Zaffre in the UK, and Echo Publishing in Australia. Publication date TBC.

2019 Best Unpublished Manuscript winner: What We Did at the End by Cecily Blench

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- The Long Journey Home (previously titled What We Did at the End) will be published by Bonnier Zaffre in the UK on 10th June 2021. 

2018 Best Unpublished Manuscript winner: Blood in the Dust by Bill Swiggs

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- Blood in the Dust is published by Bonnier Zaffre in the UK September 2019. It was released in Australia first in April 2019 by Allen & Unwin.

2017 Best Unpublished Manuscript winner: Holliday by Matt Di Paoli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2016 Best Unpublished Manuscript winner: The Hum of the Sun by Kirsten Miller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 in South Africa