The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is an international book prize that supports and celebrates the best adventure writing today.

First awarded in 2016, the Prize recognises published, unpublished and young (age 21 and under) authors alike. The Prize is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English. 

The Prize will open for submissions in early 2019. To receive a notification and be kept up to date with all news relating to the Adventure Writing Prize, you can sign up to our mailing list.

Who are the previous winners of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize?

The award for Best Published Novel 2018 went to Abir Mukherjee for A Necessary Evil. The Prize was awarded at a special ceremony at London's Stationers' Hall in September 2018. 

Niso Smith awarding the trophy and £15,000 for Best Published Novel to Abir Mukherjee. The trophy was accepted by Noor Sufi on behalf of Abir Mukherjee.

You can find details on more the past winners  here.

Meet the Author

To find out more about the six novels selected for the 2018 Prize, including A Necessary Evil, please read a short interview with each of the authors below: 

Meet the author: Rory Clements

Meet the author: Jane Harris

Meet the author: Tyler Keevil

Meet the author: Abir Mukherjee

Meet the author: Maggie Ritchie 

Meet the author: James Wilde