May 1, 2013 – Fiction Uncovered today announced its latest supporters for the annual Fiction Uncovered promotion, which include Kobo, Nudge and NetGalley.
Now in its third year, Fiction Uncovered celebrates and promotes eight living British writers of any age who have already published at least one novel or short story collection. It is funded by the National Lottery and supported by Arts Council England. The 2013 Fiction Uncovered selection will be announced on Thursday 16 May 2013 by chair of judges Louise Doughty. To date the promotion has been supported by retailers Waterstones, Foyles, Amazon and iBookstore, as well as independent retailers across the UK.
Kobo, a global leader in eReading, has donated eight Kobo Glo eReaders as gifts to the eight selected authors who will be announced on 16 May 2013. In addition, Kobo will feature the eight Fiction Uncovered titles on its eBookstore at Kobo.com.
In addition, Nudge – the new book discovery website and app selling titles on the iBookstore – will be hosting specially recorded video content relating to all eight selected titles as well as featuring the eight book titles in the Nudge Weekly e-mail to its 8,000+ subscribers. Over 12,500 keen readers have now downloaded the Nudge app.
Fiction Uncovered is also working this year for the first time with NetGalley, where international book reviewers, bloggers, librarians, booksellers and other professional readers can request digital access to a selection of this year’s Fiction Uncovered titles.
Continued support for Fiction Uncovered comes from Foyles Bookshops and independent retailers across the UK working with the Booksellers Association. For the third year running, a bespoke Fiction Uncovered window will be on display for two weeks at the Foyles Charing Cross Road store, London from 16 May. Foyles will also be helping to promote the eight Fiction Uncovered titles on its website.
Following its successful debut in 2012, Foyles will also host Fiction Uncovered FM for a second year, a pop-up radio station during Independent Booksellers Week (29 June – 6 July). The FM and digital radio station will feature content around the eight selected titles as well as a much wider range of British and translated fiction. Fiction Uncovered FM 2012 attracted 10,000 listeners over its four day run and included live interviews with Jake Arnott, Stella Duffy, Philip Hensher, Geoff Dyer and David Baddiel.
Independent retailers are invited to enter a Fiction Uncovered window competition from 16 May 2013 with the winner announced in Independent Booksellers Week. The independent bookseller which puts on the best window display featuring the eight titles and celebrating British writing will win a luxury hamper Fortnum and Mason.
Posters and Fiction Uncovered tote bags will be available to retailers, libraries, reading groups and other literary organisations across the UK. The posters will be downloadable from the Fiction Uncovered website on 16 May and the tote bags can be ordered from [email protected].
Alongside Louise Doughty as chair, the Fiction Uncovered 2013 judging panel includes Sandeep Mahal, Programme Manager at the Reading Agency, Lynne Hatwell, who blogs at dovegreyreader, and writer Courttia Newland.
Each judge has championed two of the shortlisted titles and from 20May the Fiction Uncovered website will feature short films about each of the titles, alongside readings and interviews with the selected authors at http://www.fictionuncovered.co.uk/.
For more information about Fiction Uncovered 2013 please contact Laura Creyke