Posted on 3rd March 2014

Posted by Sophie

2014 Judging Panel Announced

Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize to be chaired by Matt Haig

  • Writer Matt Haig will be chair of judges for Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014
  • Submissions for Fiction Uncovered 2014 closes today 3 March 2014

For more information about the 2014 judging panel please see the judges page.

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize announces its 2014 judging panel today. The eight works of fiction to be awarded the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014 (worth £5,000 to each winning writer) will be chosen by a panel chaired by Matt Haig. Alongside Matt on the judging panel will be Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent, Sam Jordison, journalist, publisher and writer, Greg Eden, online content and communities manager at Waterstones, and Julia Wharton, Jerwood Charitable Foundation trustee.

Chair of Judges Matt Haig comments: “It is an honour to be chairing the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize for 2014, especially as this year it is actually offering hard cash to the winners, thanks to the support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The great thing about the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize is its focus, not only in that it solely features British writers, but also because it reaches the parts no other prizes reach, to go and shine a torch towards great writers who – for whatever reason – may have become hidden away in the literary shadows. We’re telling readers these writers are too good to ignore.”

The Fiction Uncovered promotion has been supported by National Lottery funding from Arts Council England, through its Grants for the Arts scheme, since it was set up in 2010.  It has recently become the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize with an £80,000 prize fund dedicated to authors by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. This new prize money makes the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize one of the biggest current overall prize funds available for British fiction writers.

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize develops wider audiences for emerging and deserving British writers via a major summer promotion supported by a wide network of partnerships, and seeks to promote writers of outstanding work, looking beyond the debut novelists and the bestsellers.

Submissions or the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize close today Monday 3 March 2014.

About Matt Haig (Chair):

Matt Haig is a bestselling novelist. His works include The Humans, The Radleys and The Last Family in England, which is now being made into a film by Brad Pitt’s production company. His works have been translated into 29 languages. He also writes award-winning novels for children.

About the Judging Panel:

Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013.

Greg Eden is online content and social media manager at Waterstones. He has worked in and around the publishing and bookselling industry for twenty-five years, variously as a marketing copywriter, book buyer, range manager, freelance book reviewer and magazine writer. He has particular interest in natural history writing and American and Scottish contemporary fiction.

Sam Jordison is an author, journalist and publisher. He writes about books for The Guardian where he also runs an online book club called the Reading Group. He has written a number of books of his own, including the bestselling Crap Towns series. He is also a co-director of Galley Beggar Press, publishers of the award-winning A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride. He lives in Norwich.

Julia Wharton is a trustee of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. She is a solicitor and a director of Brandcast Media, a leading digital and video media agency. Julia also sits on the council of The Theatre, Chipping Norton.

For Submissions Enquiries please contact Rosa Anderson at rosa@fictionuncovered.co.uk

For more information about the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize please contact Laura Creyke on laura@theliteraryplatform.com on 07951 777 407

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