The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation
Home of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Niso and I established the Foundation in 2015 to support writers, promote literacy and advance adventure writing as a genre. Through the Foundation we work across the globe, with readers and writers of all ages. We imagine a world where everyone can have their own adventures, made possible by the words on a page.
Wilbur Smith


The Foundation hosts ongoing opportunities for writers and readers around the world.

Writing Classes: Attend our online writing classes with bestselling authors for conversations that educate and inspire.

Each class is created by an author who’s an expert in their particular field. You can learn the intricacies of writing a novel scene-by-scene, how to brand yourself and your book, and dive deep into the theory behind stories which share great universal truths. Whether you are thinking about your first novel, have a manuscript in progress, or are already a published author, our classes will help you take the next step towards making your book (or your brand) the best it can be.


New Voices Award: One part of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, the New Voices Award supports writers to develop an idea they've yet to commit to paper, or those in the very early stages of their work in progress.

The Award provides mentorship and editorial guidance for aspiring authors and encourages entries from all writers, including those from underrepresented backgrounds, with a new story to tell. To participate, writers must submit their opening three chapters totalling no more than 10,000 words and a full plot outline of no more than 1,000 words detailing where they imagine the story will go. 

Learn more and enter here.


Visit www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org to learn more about the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize and our charitable work in education.