Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

The 2020 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize winners have been announced; you can read about them, and the shortlist, here.

The prize will run again in 2021. If you would like to be notified when the prize opens, you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2020 is now closed.

'Before I was shortlisted I was convinced I was never going to write another poem again. Thank you so much for this, I never want to stop writing.' Amaal Said, past winner of the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

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Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2018

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New Writing Prize 2017

The 2017 Wasafiri New Writing Prize winners and shortlist We announced the winners of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017 on Thursday 19th October at The People’s Palace, Queen Mary University of London. They were: Some Freedom Dr …

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NWP 2016

New Writing Prize 2016

The 2016 Wasafiri New Writing Prize winners and shortlist Winners: Niamh MacCabe for Nobody Knows the Shivering Stars (Fiction) Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné for Portrait of my father as a grouper (Poetry) Shiva Rahbaran for Massoumeh: …

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New Writing Prize 2015

The 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize winners and shortlist Winners: Uschi Gatward for My Brother is Back (Fiction) Amaal Said for The Girl Grew (Poetry) Louise Kennedy for A Suitable Family (Life Writing) In addition, the following …

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New Writing Prize 2014

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New Writing Prize 2013

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New Writing Prize 2012

At a special event at Asia House on Wednesday 3 October, John Haynes announced the winners of the 2012 Wasafiri New Writing Prize: David Houston for Wish You Were Here (Life Writing) C S Mee for The Walk (Fiction) Sally St Clair f …

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NWP 2011

New Writing Prize 2011

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NWP 2010

New Writing Prize 2010

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NWP 2009

New Writing Prize 2009

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