Logo of The Queen Mary Wasafiri Essay Prize contest
"Aims to discover, encourage, and award innovative critical essays of an exemplary standard, which constitute the most exciting academic work happening today across the field of international contemporary literature. For early career researchers, including PhD students."
Yes, till May 31, 2023
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The winners of each category will receive a £1,000 cash prize and publication, and will be published in Wasafiri’s print magazine.
Shortlisted writers will have their work published on Wasafiri’s website. All fifteen shortlistees and winners will also be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (dependent on eligibility), and a conversation with Nikesh Shukla of The Good Literary Agency to discuss their career progression.  
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Min words: 6000Max words: 9000

Good to know

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