In 2014 Fiction Uncovered became the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, with a new prize fund dedicated to authors by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Fiction Uncovered helps develop 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.

The new £80,000 prize fund will go directly to British writers selected for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize in 2014 and 2015. The eight British writers chosen each year by the judging panel will each receive £5,000. The new prize money makes the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize one of the biggest current overall prize funds available for British fiction writers.

In a new partnership for 2014 and 2015, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 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 in 2014 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 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 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. Read about the 2014 judging panel here.

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 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.

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. You can see a full list of the 2013 Fiction Uncovered partners here.

Fiction Uncovered also hosts a community website here at www.fictionuncovered.co.uk which offers these eight selected writers – and an even broader group of writers through recommendation and endorsement – a chance to reach readers. The website also encourages contributors to uncover lost or forgotten fiction as well as new fiction.

Publishers and self-published writers can read more about the submissions process here.

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The Fiction Uncovered promotion came about after a series of discussions between Arts Council England, a group of publishers, literary agents and other book professionals.

The Steering Group Committee includes:

Charles Beckett, Arts Council England; Hannah Westland, Serpent’s Tail; Mark Richards, John Murray; Lucy Luck, Lucy Luck Associates; Luke Brown; Cathryn Summerhayes, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; Sophie Lambert, Conville and Walsh; Kate Gunning, Random House; Angus Cargill, Faber & Faber; Ruth Harrison, Cause4; Julia Kingsford; Valerie Brandes, Jacaranda; Elisabetta Minervini, Alma Books.

Fiction Uncovered is a Literary Platform project. You can find out more about the work of The Literary Platform here.

Rosa Anderson is Programme Manager for Fiction Uncovered and can be contacted at rosa@fictionuncovered.co.uk.

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