The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2020

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2020 is open for submissions. Writers who haven’t yet published a book-length work in their chosen genre can enter, regardless of age, gender, nationality, or background, in hopes of winning the £1,000 prize in each category: Fiction, Life Writing Poetry. As well as the cash prize, winners and shortlisted writers may be eligible for a Chapter and Verse award, courtesy of The Literary Consultancy (TLC), worth £2,000, or Free Reads mentoring, to support them as they grow and develop their work.

There is a fee is per category: £10 for a single entry, £16 for a double entry. They offer a limited number of subsidised entries at a rate of £6 per entry, which must be accompanied by an explanation of the entrant’s need for subsidised entry (up to 200 words). There is capacity for 25 subsidised entries per month during the months that the prize is open (February-May 2020).


  • The competition is open to any nationality and any age group.
  • The competition is open to anyone who has not published a book-length work of fiction, life writing, or poetry. However, if a writer has only self-published a book-length work, they are still eligible for the prize.
  • Work submitted must not have been previously published (excluding self-published work).
  • Eligibility depends on the submission remaining unpublished at the time of shortlisting.
  • The competition is not open to members of the Wasafiri Board or Wasafiri staff, or any individual involved in the administration of the prize.
  • No entry may exceed 3,000 words.

Published on:
15 Jan 2020


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