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Book clubs, apply to shadow the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing shortlist

The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is inviting six UK-based reading groups shadow the 2024 Best Published Novel award. Each group will receive a set (up to ten copies) of one shortlisted book to read and review by 8th August, before the winner is announced on 19th September.

If your group would like to take part, please carefully read the key dates below and fill out the questions below by 19 June.

Each group will receive two tickets to join the awards reception in London, on the evening of 19 September.

How it works

U.K based book clubs over the age of 18 are invited to apply for the opportunity to shadow one of the Wilbur Smith Best Published Novel award 2024 shortlisted books.

h2.Key dates and involvement

19 June, 12pm – Closing date for book clubs to apply to shadow the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. All groups who pitched to be notified of outcome by 28 June

27 June – The Reading Agency to host a virtual meeting with two members of the six selected groups for the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation to introduce them all to each other, set expectations and answer any questions they may have

w/c 29 July (dates tbc) – Private Zoom event with the author of their allocated title.

8 August – Questionnaire, reviews and photos from each group to be sent to The Reading Agency

19 September – Announcement of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize winner
Please do not enter if your club does not wish to engage with any of activities outlined above.

We are keen to have groups who are engaged with social media to increase the reach of the Prize. All groups are welcome to apply. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Apply to take part

Fill in this short survey.

Applications close 12pm, 19 June


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