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Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize


Thursday, June 30, 2022


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Entry Fees

You may enter two manuscripts to the prize (£10 for one entry, £16 for double entry), either in the same or different categories. We offer a limited number of subsidised entries at a rate of £6 per entry, which must be accompanied by a brief explanation of the entrant’s need for subsidised entry.


The 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 fifteen shortlistees and winners will also 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 competition is organised by Wasafiri, a quarterly British literary magazine.

The prize is judged in three categories: Fiction, Poetry, and Life Writing.

This year, the Prize will be chaired by Marina Salandy-Brown, who will be joined by a panel of multi-award-winning judges: Mary Jean Chan (judging Poetry), Preti Taneja (judging Fiction), and Francesca Wade (judging Life Writing).

Entries much not have been previously published in any form (excluding live performances or shares on personal blogs or on social media).

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Contact Information

Please direct any queries to: [email protected]


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