Role: Prize Manager

Hours: circa 2 days per week, to fulfil 104 days over the course of a year

Days/hours are flexible but must align with the prize cycle: busy months of the year are April – September so these may require more days with fewer allocated in October-February. There will be a three-month trial period.

Remote working is preferred, with the option to work in the Foundation office based in Finsbury Park, London, approximately 3 days per month. There may be scope for additional hours in the future.

You will report to the Foundation Manager.

Fee: £13,000, or £125 per day

Download the job specification here: Prize Manager


About the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize: The Prize is an annual competition which supports and celebrates the best adventure fiction today, with awards for published, unpublished and young writers (age 21 and under). You can read more detail about the separate strands here.

The Prize is administered by The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation, a publishing and literacy charity established in 2015 by the late bestselling author Wilbur Smith and his wife, Niso. Our mission is to support writers, promote literacy and advance adventure writing as a genre. All of the Foundation’s projects intend to uplift, inspire and educate. The Prize is our flagship programme.


About the Role: The Prize Manager is a new role aimed to increase the profile and reach of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. This role requires you to have digital marketing / communications experience, proven organisational skills, and the ability to work with diplomacy.

You will work across the three award categories to promote the Prize to potential entrants, including publishers, aspiring writers, schools and other charities working with a writing focus. You will have targets for submissions.

Over the course of a year, you will work with six published authors and their teams, five unpublished, debut authors and ten young writers and their parents/guardians. You will advertise for the volunteer reading panels for two award strands, after which you will work with a highly motivated volunteer workforce: a team of volunteer librarians and library staff for the Best Published Novel award, and a team of teachers, students and writing professionals for the Author of Tomorrow.

With the support of the Foundation Manager, you will lead on the coordination and marketing of panel talks with the authors shortlisted for the Best Published Novel, in addition to coordinating an annual, mid-scale awards ceremony. The September 2022 awards will be online, 2023 will be in person.

The majority of the promotion will be via the Foundation’s networks and the wider Wilbur Smith brand’s social media and digital channels. You will measure and report on the performance of your campaigns, and the successes and challenges of facilitating the Prize, before working with the Foundation Manager to maximise impact based on these learnings.

The Prize and therefore this role, plays a key part in communicating the Foundation’s mission. You will ensure that both the day-to-day and overall marketing messages are in line with the Prize and Foundation goals. You will be the first point of contact for all those involved in the Prize.

You will be expected to fulfil other duties when necessary and time allows, such as supporting the Foundation Manager to secure press around the Prize. There is the option to write and coordinate the Foundation’s newsletter and create content for the Foundation’s website. You will have the support of a graphic designer to create the promotional materials you will need.


About you: You must be a self-starter, and able to manage your time and multiple tasks efficiently. You must be confident and pragmatic, and able to think critically about challenges that arise in the role. You will be able to communicate to the highest standard internally and externally, ensuring all participants and partners have a positive experience of the Prize.

Please note that the time requirements of this role mean that it will be best suited to someone with a portfolio career, or someone looking solely for part-time work. You will be expected to be available in London for the in-person awards ceremony in September 2023 and other in-person events which may arise.


  • Articulate and professional communication skills, in person, written, over the phone and via video call
  • Proven copywriting and proof-reading skills with high and consistent levels of attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational skills, both administrative and event-based
  • Experience managing multiple projects with varied stakeholders
  • Experience deploying successful marketing campaigns from ideation to execution, making use of digital platforms, ideally in a business to consumer role
  • Prior experience in a marketing/communications role
  • An understanding of how to build brand presence and networks
  • Understanding of GDPR
  • Results-driven, with a positive and motivated attitude, and a desire to improve literacy and support writers


  • An understanding of literary prizes and/or the charity sector
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • A degree in marketing or project management, or another relevant qualification in a related field


To apply: To apply please send a CV and cover letter no longer than two pages to Foundation Manager, Georgina Brown, on

The deadline for applications is midnight on 25th August 2022.

If you do not receive a response by 29th August 2022, please assume you have been unsuccessful.

If we are impressed with your application, you will be invited to interview with the Foundation Manager, either in person or over Zoom, likely between 31st August – 2nd September.

You may at this point be asked to provide references.

The ideal start date is early September 2022.