Enter the 2021 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 

Before entering the prize, please read the Terms and Conditions carefully. You may enter two manuscripts to the prize (£10 for one entry, £16 for double entry), either in the same or different categories. You may complete the form more than once if you wish to submit more than two entries.

Terms and Conditions


1. The competition is open to anyone who has not published a book-length work of fiction, life writing, or poetry, except for self-published works or poetry chapbooks 

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

3. If entries are published, or accepted for publication, elsewhere between submission and shortlisting, they will no longer be eligible. You must inform us immediately if work submitted to the prize is then accepted for publication elsewhere by emailing wasafirinewwritingprize@qmul.ac.uk 

4. The competition is not open to members of the Wasafiri Board or Wasafiri staff, or any individual involved in the administration of the prize, or their families. 

5. Entries must be completed through the submissions form no later than 5pm BST on Monday 31 May 2021. 

6. Failure to meet the conditions of entry will mean that a submission is automatically disqualified from the competition. Entry fee will not be refunded 

Format of entries 

7. No entry may exceed 3,000 words.  

8. All prizes are for short works, not for novel/memoir extracts. While extracts from longer works are not excluded, they must stand alone as complete works in their own right.  

9. A single poetry entry can include up to three poems, which together total no more than 3,000 words, and which must each be submitted as a separate document 

10. Do not write your name or provide any other form of identification on your manuscript or in the document title. All submissions will be considered anonymously. 

11. Work must be typed, in a legible font, font size 12, double-spaced, A4, and submitted as a .doc file or similar (no PDFs).  

12. Manuscripts cannot be altered after submission. 


13. Entries are considered accepted through our website once the fee is paid. All successful electronic submissions will receive an acknowledgement. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, there may have been a problem with your entry; in this case, check your email spam folder, and then contact wasafirinewwritingprize@qmul.ac.uk to confirm successful receipt.  

14. Fee is per entry: £10 for a single entry, £16 for a double entry. You may make multiple entries if you would like to do so by completing the entry form multiple times. 

15. We offer a limited number of subsidised entries at a rate of £6 per entry, which must be accompanied by an explanation of the entrant’s need for subsidised entry. There is capacity for 25 subsidised entries per month during the months that the prize is open (February-May inclusive). 

Prize giving and publication 

16. No more than one poem by any poet will be shortlisted for the prize in a single year, and no person may win in more than one category in a single year.  

17. Shortlisted entrants will be notified by email after 4 September 2021 and must confirm eligibility of their work before the shortlist announcement on 14 September 2021. All shortlisted writers will be invited to the prizegiving event on 14 October 2021. 

18. Acceptance of a place on the shortlist will indicate the author’s agreement to their work being published in Wasafiriin print or online, and included in a possible anthology. 

19. The judges’ decision is final. No discussion concerning the judges’ decision will be entered into. 

20. The entry fee is non-refundable. 

Please direct any queries that are not answered by these terms and conditions to wasafirinewwritingprize@qmul.ac.uk.

Enter the 2021 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

If you would like to apply for subsidised entry, click here. Do not complete both forms.

  • Your details

  • Your submission to the prize

    You can enter one or two manuscripts using this form: a single entry for £10 or a double entry for £16. Please only complete the details for 'second entry' if you are uploading two manuscripts.
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  • More about you

    We want the prize to be truly open to all, so we gather the below information to help us see who we're reaching - and who we're not. This helps us to reach (and award) a broader range of new writers every year. This data will be stored independently from your name and prize entry, completely anonymously.
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  • These categories are based on resources from our funder, Arts Council England. If you prefer to add your own description, please use the text box provided.
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  • Protecting your data

    The personal data we hold about you usually includes: your entry to the prize; your name and contact information as provided in this form; information about the amount and date of your payment to us (but not your payment details); and any correspondence with you, if you write to us about the prize. This data will be held for up to seven years. We store the optional demographic data on this form separately from your personal data, in an entirely anonymised format, and use it only as generalised statistics to help us better understand our audience and reach a broader range of writers in the future. If you are shortlisted for the prize, we will keep your contact information for a longer period for the purpose of contacting you for future work. We will also separately seek your express permission to share your contact details with our partners The Literary Consultancy and The Good Literary Agency for the purpose of administering your awards. We do not share your personal data with any third-party organisations. We do not give or sell your information to other organisations. If you would like us to delete your data, we can do this at any time. Please contact wasafiri@qmul.ac.uk to submit this request.
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