Creative writing award: The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

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Win £15,000 for best published novel and a publishing deal for best unpublished novel

All entries for The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize should be page-turning fiction that takes the reader on an epic journey exploring new geographical or historical horizons, and includes themes of courage, resourcefulness and endurance.

• The £15,000 best published novel award is for the best adventure novel published by any writer writing in English between 1 May 2019 and 30 April 2020. Entries may be submitted by agents, publishers and writers.

• The best unpublished novel award, designed to launch the careers of aspiring adventure writers, is for commercially viable narrative adventure fiction of a minimum 50,000 words. The winner be offered a publishing contract with Bonnier Books UK. Up to six shortlisted writers will be offered a manuscript consultancy with literary consultant David Llewelyn. Authors entering this category must be unpublished and unagented. Self-published writers may enter. There is an entry fee of £20.

The closing date is 2 March.

For full details see the website.

 

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