The 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is open for submission. Entries will be accepted from writers of any nationality, writing in English.
Adventure is a broad genre and thrillers, crime, historical fiction or fantasy novels are also often adventure stories. With prizes from £1,500 – £15,000 and categories for young people to published authors, it’s an opportunity not to be missed.
There are three categories for submission:
1. Best Published Novel | Prize: £15,000
Novels must be published between 1st January 2017 and 30th April 2018. Proof copies are accepted.
2. Best Unpublished Manuscript| Prize: £7,500 Writer’s Adventure Research Award and guidance from Wilbur’s literary agents
Novels must be 50,000+ words in length and authors not represented by a literary agent. Self-published books are eligible.
3. Author of Tomorrow – short stories by writers aged 21 years and under | Prize: £1,500 and digital publication
Entrants must be aged 21 years and under at time of submission. Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words.
The prizes will be awarded to adventure stories that:
– Take the reader on an epic journey, exploring new horizons – be they historical or geographical
– Explore the themes of courage, endurance and resourcefulness
– Allow readers to connect with a different reality or culture
Deadline for submissions: 12th March 2018