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Unleashing the Power of Words: Celebrating Literary Excellence with the Wasafiri Writing Prizes.

Welcome to the esteemed realm of the Wasafiri Writing Prizes, where creativity knows no bounds and the power of words is celebrated in all its glory. Join a legacy of storytellers and thinkers in our quest to discover the voices that redefine our world.

Wasafiri prides itself on being at the forefront of literary innovation, so it is with great pleasure that we invite you to delve into the rich history of our writing prizes and explore the opportunities they present.

The Legacy of the Wasafiri Writing Prizes

Since its inception, Wasafiri has been synonymous with literary excellence, championing new writing from across the globe. In keeping with this tradition, the Wasafiri Writing Prizes were established to unearth and honour the voices that shape our understanding of the world. The prizes have since become a beacon of literary prestige, shining a spotlight on emerging and established writers alike.

When you are reading something for the first time, particularly by someone who hasn't yet published a book, or been acknowledged in a major way, it's an opportunity to see something before it's been impacted by a lot of other prejudices that are there in the literary world. So it's a privilege to see something that may have a special magic.


Margaret Busby, Chair of the 2024 Judges

Join the Legacy

As we look to the future, we invite writers of all backgrounds to participate in these prestigious awards. Whether you are a poet or a storyteller, an essayist or a critic, the Wasafiri Writing Prizes offer a platform for your voice to be heard.

Submit your work to the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize or the Wasafiri Essay Prize and take your place in the annals of contemporary literature. Winners will not only find their work immortalised in the pages of Wasafiri but will also join the ranks of esteemed writers who have gone on to shape the landscape of modern writing.

Embrace the opportunity. Leave your mark on the literary world. Write, submit, and become part of Wasafiri's celebrated history.

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