From the competition organisers: "Wasafiri, the magazine of international writing, has been publishing quality creative works and critical pieces by writers from around the world since 1984. Previous contributors have included Brian Chikwava, Richard Ford, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Toby Litt, Jackie Kay, Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Caryl Phillips and Ahdaf Soueif, who have been featured alongside new up-and-coming writers whose work could make a significant impact on the international literary scene in years to come. Wasafiri was one of the first publications to feature Daljit Nagra and Amit Chaudhuri for example, before they went on to become award-winning authors, and more recently we published an extract from Christie Watson's then unpublished novel which later won the prestigious Costa First Novel Award. In this spirit, Wasafiri launched the New Writing Prize in 2009 and in its short four years, the prize has already helped the writing careers of previous winners like the Ireland-based Jaki McCarrick and the Saudi-born British poet Rowyda Amin.
The details of the prize are as follows:
The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book and we are looking for creative submissions in one of three categories: POETRY, FICTION and LIFE WRITING. The fee for entry is varies depending on the number of categories you wish to enter and ranges from UK Sterling £6 to £15. The closing date is 5pm GMT on 27 July 2012. The winners will receive £300 each and their work will be published in Wasafiri. Further details can be found on our website or by email."