Enter The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Terra Nostra Tropical plants cr Judy DarleyWasafari magazine invites submissions of Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing for The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize.

The prize closes on 30th June 2022 at 5pm BST.

The prize supports writers who have not yet published a book-length work, with no limits on age, gender, nationality, or background. Winners of each category receive a £1,000 cash prize and will be published in Wasafiri’s print magazine. Shortlisted writers will have their work published on the Wasafiri website. All 15 shortlistees and winners will be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (dependent on eligibility), and a conversation with Nikesh Shukla of The Good Literary Agency to discuss their career progression.   

The fee is £10 for a single entry and £16 for a double entry. No entry may be more than 3,000 words long.  

Subsidised entry is available for those who would otherwise be unable to enter the prize.  

Shortlisted entrants will be notified in early September

Find full details of how to enter at www.wasafiri.org.

This year, the prize will be chaired by literary leading light Marina Salandy-Brown, who says, “I am delighted and honoured to be judging this important prize.” Marina will be joined by a truly remarkable panel of multi-award-winning poets and authors.

Mary Jean Chan, judging Poetry, comments, “the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize has always caught my attention for its focus on discovering, supporting and mentoring emerging talent across multiple genres.” 

Judging Fiction, Preti Taneja is seeking for work that “feels fully arrived in terms of its thematic ambition, its use of language and its confidence in its own voice. And finally, Francesca Wade, on judging Life Writing, says that ‘Wasafiri has long been a brilliant home for innovative work. I’m excited to read pieces that explore and interrogate – the myriad possibilities of life-writing today.”

Judging Life Writing, Francesca Wade, says “Wasafiri has long been a brilliant home for innovative work.  I’m excited to read pieces that explore and interrogate – the myriad possibilities of life-writing today.”

Got an event, challenge, competition or call for submissions you’d like to draw my attention to? Send me an email at judydarley (at) iCloud (dot) com.

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