This is where you can send us your video to be included in the Wilbur Smith documentary. The documentary is being made by filmmaker Aidan Woodward. Here at The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation we are helping Aidan to connect with some of Wilbur's greatest fans. 

Aidan would love to hear your thoughts about Wilbur Smith's books, whether they've had an influence on your life, and what the power of adventure means to you (and of course, anything else adventurous you'd like to share!) 

You can film them yourself or get a friend or family member to record you but please make sure they are filmed in landscape (horizontal). 

You will need to create a free 'Submittable' account to send us your video. We work with Submittable to manage the videos we will receive, and we also work with them to manage submissions for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize - you're in good hands!

You can create an account below and we look forward to seeing your video!

Open for submissions: 6th January - 2nd March 2020
Shortlist announced: 21st May 2020
Winner announced: September 2020
Please read the guidelines before submitting your entry for Best Published Novel. Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules:
 

  1. The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English
  2. The work in question must have been published by a recognised trade publisher
  3. Entrants may submit multiple works by the same author so long as they are published between 1st May 2019 - 30th April 2020. Proof copies are accepted
  4. Entries must be submitted digitally, ideally as a .pdf file. Entries are not shared outside the Prize but please feel free to watermark the document if you are more comfortable doing so. Please contact submissions@wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org if you have any questions about file type

 If your submission is shortlisted: 

  • we will supply roundel artwork to the publisher and request that all paperback editions or reprints of the title feature this artwork. The shortlisting must be acknowledged in all online sales copy. 

 We reserve the right: 

  • to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules. We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition.
  •  to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control. 
  • 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. 

 We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered is secure.

Open for submissions: 6th January - 2nd March 2020
Shortlist announced: 28th May 2020
Winner announced: September 2020

Please read the guidelines before submitting your entry for Best Unpublished Manuscript. There is an entry fee of £20.00 (GBP) per submission.

Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules:
 

  1. The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English
  2. You may enter multiple works but each manuscript must be submitted separately and will be considered a separate entry
  3. Submissions must exceed 50,000 words in length. 75,000+ is ideal
  4. The author must not already have a novel published by a recognised trade publisher
  5. Self-published books are eligible
  6. The author must not be represented by a literary agent
  7. If you enter your manuscript in other competitions and you win, please notify us. If we believe there is a conflict of interest, we may ask you to withdraw your submission
  8. Entries must be submitted digitally, ideally as a .doc, or .docx. There must be no reference to the author's name or personal details in the manuscript as we operate a blind judging process. Please contact submissions@wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org if you have any questions about file type. 


 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
  • to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules. We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition
  •  to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control

We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered is secure.

The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation