PRESS RELEASE: Fiction Uncovered the annual promotion dubbed the ‘Mercury Prize’ for British fiction writers has successfully secured National Lottery funding for the next two years from Arts Council England, through its Grants for the Arts scheme. The grant has been awarded to The Literary Platform, which will oversee the running of the promotion.
The funding will enable Fiction Uncovered to continue its work in developing wider audiences for emerging and deserving British writers via a major summer promotion supported by a wide network of partnerships. The initiative seeks to promote writers of outstanding work, looking beyond the debut novelists and the bestsellers.
In a new partnership for 2014 and 2015, Fiction Uncovered will work strategically with Regional Development Literature Agencies across the UK to supplement work on a national level. The promotion will work with Spread the Word, New Writing South, New Writing North, Writing East Midlands, Writing West Midlands, Literature Works and Writers’ Centre Norwich to grow audiences via these crucial networks across the regions, encouraging promotions, media and event opportunities for the writers involved.
For the first time, self-published writers will be able to submit entries. Working with the Alliance of Independent Authors, Fiction Uncovered has revised the submissions process to include self-published works.
The Alliance of Independent Authors is a nonprofit association for self-publishing writers, a diverse, supportive and friendly community that encourages ethics and excellence in author-publishing and campaigns widely on their behalf. ALLi is working with Fiction Uncovered 2014 as part of their “Open Up To Indie Authors” campaign, encouraging eligible members in the UK to enter their books for the promotion and to ensure they have the necessary distribution channels in place.
Fiction Uncovered celebrates the best of contemporary British fiction through its website, an annual retail promotion, author events, and its pop-up radio station, Fiction Uncovered FM hosted by Foyles in 2012 and 2013. Each year eight books are chosen by a judging panel to be part of this initiative, with the selection announced in June 2014. The 2014 judging panel will be announced shortly.
Fiction Uncovered welcomes fiction submissions of all kinds – including novels, collections of short stories and graphic novels. In previous years, submissions of short story collections have been very low, so in 2014 we will be working with The Word Factory, an organisation specialising in events and masterclasses for short story writers, to raise the number of short story collection submissions.
Sophie Rochester, CEO of The Literary Platform:
“We’re delighted that Fiction Uncovered will run again in 2014 and 2015, and to be able to bring this project under The Literary Platform umbrella. The promotion has great momentum and with our developing network of partnerships we look forward to growing it nationally and internationally.”
Rosa Anderson will join as Fiction Uncovered’s Programme Manager in 2014, having worked part-time on the promotion since its inception in 2010.
In 2013 a number of organisations came on board to support Fiction Uncovered for the first time including Kobo, Net Galley and Nudge. In previous years, supporters of the initiative have included Waterstones, iBookstore, Foyles (hosts of Fiction Uncovered FM), Wilderness Festival, Latitude Festival, Indie Bound, the Booksellers Association, The Reading Agency, Free Word Centre, Amazon, Literary Death Match, Shoreditch House Literary Salon and the Independent Publishers Guild.
Details of Rules and Eligibility and the Submissions Form are available for download at:
For Submissions Enquiries please contact Rosa Anderson at [email protected]