Entries for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize must meet the following criteria:

Published Work

  1. Dates for submissions will be released later in 2017. Any novel submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for entry.
  2. The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
  3. Entrants may submit multiple works as long as they were all published in the last calendar year. 
  4. The work in question must have been published by a recognised trade publisher.
  5. Entrants must submit two copies of the completed novel, as well as a covering letter explaining why the work qualifies as adventure writing (using the definition provided here), to the following address: The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation, 2-6 Atlantic Road, 2nd Floor, London, SW9 8HY.
  6. We reserve the right to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules.
  7. We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition.
  8. We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered is secure.
  9. We reserve the right to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control. We reserve the right to not award the first prize, where circumstances are beyond our control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of entries is not up to the required standard.
  10. Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules.
  11. The current shortlist will be announced in May 2017.

Unpublished Work

  1. Dates for submissions will be released later in 2017.  Any manuscript submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for entry.
  2. The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
  3. You may enter multiple works but novels will be considered as separate entries, so each completed manuscript must be accompanied by its own covering letter, explaining why the work qualifies as adventure writing (using the definition provided here), a synopsis and a copy of your CV.
  4. All submissions must be made via email (submissions@wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org).
  5. Submissions must exceed 50,000 words in length.
  6. Self-published e-books are eligible, books published in any other format are not.
  7. If you enter your novel in other competitions and you win, please notify us and withdraw your submission.
  8. Entrants must not be represented by a literary agent.
  9. We reserve the right to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules.
  10. We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition.
  11. We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered is secure.
  12. We reserve the right to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control. We reserve the right to not award the first prize, where circumstances are beyond our control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of entries is not up to the required standard for publication.
  13. Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules.
  14. The current shortlist will be announced in May 2017.