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Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

We are delighted to share that the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open to submissions, to anyone that has not published or signed a contract to publish a book-length work of fiction, life writing, or poetry, except for self-published works of poetry chapbooks.

Winners of each category will receive a £1,000 cash prize and publication, and will be published in Wasafiri’s print magazine.

Shortlisted writers will have their work published on Wasafiri’s website.

All 15 shortlistees and winners will also be offered the Chapter and Vere 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.

Submission guidelines:

  • Entries must be in English and must not have been previously published in any form.
  • Entries must be completed through the submission form no later than 5pm BST on 30 June 2023.
  • There is a £10 fee for a single entry, and a £16 fee for a double entry – subsidised entries are offered for those who would otherwise not be able to enter the prize.

For full details, please refer here.


Enquiries about submissions should be directed to The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize, please always refer to their website for complete details and information.

Please note, this prize is run by The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize, not the Commonwealth Foundation.