To celebrate the "historic milestone" of the release of Wilbur Smith’s 36th novel Golden Lion Smith and his wife Niso have launched the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation.
Golden Lion was released today (24th September) and is the latest instalment of Smith’s “epic” Courtney series.
The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to “empowering” young writers from across the globe, “championing” the adventure writing genre and the promotion of literacy.
Smith said: “The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation was created to allow us to share our love of adventure writing with the world. Over the years, we have travelled together through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, and in every country and culture we have found storytellers weaving tales of adventure. The foundation’s aim is to open a space for these writers, young and old, from across the globe, to shine.”
She added: “The first stage of our mission will be to award an annual prize for adventure writing – the Wilbur Smith Adventure Award. The next stage will be to reach out to writers and readers across the world, bringing the spirit of adventure into their lives and inspiring them to undertake their own journeys of discovery. More than anything we want the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation to be an organisation that uplifts, inspires and educates.”
As well as the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, the foundation has created the Author of Tomorrow Award to promote the work of the charity and adventure writing in general.
The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is split into two separate categories – a prize for the best published adventure novel of the previous calendar year and a prize for the best unpublished adventure manuscript submitted for consideration. The winner of the prize for a published novel will receive £10,000 while the winner of the prize for an unpublished manuscript will be offered the opportunity to complete a creative writing residency at a prestigious university and career guidance from Wilbur’s literary agents at Tibor Jones & Associates.
The Author of Tomorrow Award will be presented to the best adventure short story written by someone between the age of twelve and twenty-one that is submitted for consideration. The winner of the Author of Tomorrow Award will receive £1,000 and a framed certificate.
The judging panel will include MNEK, Grammy-nominated British singer, songwriter and record producer, Farrah Storr, Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, and Kevin Conroy Scott, Creative Director at Tibor Jones & Associates. They will decide on a shortlist and the final three winners. The winners will be announced in April 2016.
For more information on the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation and how to enter, visit www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org.