Posted on 4th February 2014

Posted by Sophie

Jerwood Charitable Foundation injects £80,000 Prize Fund into Fiction Uncovered

Fiction Uncovered will become the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize in 2014 and 2015, with a new £80,000 prize fund dedicated to authors by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

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 Fiction Uncovered judging panel will each receive £5,000. The new prize money makes Fiction Uncovered one of the biggest current overall prize funds available for British fiction writers.

  • Jerwood Charitable Foundation pledges £80,000 Prize Money for 2014 and 2015
  • Eight annual awards of £5,000 to be given directly to writers
  • Fiction Uncovered promotion becomes the ‘Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize’
  • New prize becomes one of the largest prize funds dedicated to British fiction writers
  • Submissions Deadline for Fiction Uncovered 2014 extended to 3rd March 2014

The Fiction Uncovered programme 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. The programme 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. The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize is a Literary Platform project.

Shonagh Manson, Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation, says:

It is an immense challenge to maintain a livelihood through fiction writing. This has never been more keenly felt than now, with diminishing resources available from publishers, fierce market competition and changes in digital distribution all taking their toll on some of the most talented writers of a generation. Fiction Uncovered has developed a unique and informed platform to give the best writers an urgent boost, and we are proud to launch the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize in 2014 and 2015, through which 100% of our funding will be awarded directly to writers.

Sophie Rochester, CEO of The Literary Platform and co-founder of Fiction Uncovered, says:

We’re absolutely thrilled that the Jerwood Charitable Foundation wants to support British fiction writers with this invaluable prize money, which will develop the work of Fiction Uncovered in 2014 and 2015. We couldn’t have got to this stage without ongoing support from Arts Council England, and we’re proud that the newly formed Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize will be one of the biggest overall prize funds dedicated exclusively to British fiction writers.’

In a new partnership for 2014 and 2015 announced last month, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize is working strategically with Regional Development Literature Agencies across the UK to supplement its work on a national level. The prize 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 are able to submit entries. Working with the Alliance of Independent Authors, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize has revised the submissions process to include self-published works.

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize celebrates the best of contemporary British fiction with eight annual awards of £5,000 given directly to writers, and through its website, an annual retail promotion, author events, and its pop-up radio station, Fiction Uncovered FM, which was hosted by Foyles in 2012 and 2013. Each year eight books are chosen by a judging panel, with the 2014 selection announced in June. The 2014 judging panel will be announced shortly.

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 it is 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.

As a result of the new prize fund news the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize has extended the submissions deadline from 3rd February 2014 to 3rd March 2014.

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, IndieBound, 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]

For more information about The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize please contact [email protected] or Laura Creyke on 07951 777 407


About Jerwood Charitable Foundation

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts. For more information on the Jerwood Charitable Foundation visit:

About The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize

The Fiction Uncovered promotion was established in 2010 after a period of discussions between Arts Council England and a group of publishers, literary agents and other book professionals about how to develop wider audiences for British fiction writers.

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.

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 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 [email protected].

About The Literary Platform

Working at the heart of books and technology with developers, publishers and literary organisations, The Literary Platform’s clients include Royal Society of Literature, Pan Macmillan and Faber & Faber. The Literary Platform also works with Goldsmiths University, The Reading Agency and Nesta on digital publishing research projects, and devises and runs its own programmes including The Writing Platform and Fiction Uncovered.

Founded in 2010, The Literary Platform is listed as one of the Top Ten UK Creative Entrepreneurs by British Council Creative Economy, and in the Guardian Professional/h.Club 100 ‘most innovative and influential’ in the creative industries 2013. For more about the work of The Literary Platform please click here.

About Arts Council England:

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, it will invest £1.4 billion of public money from


government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

About the Regional Development Literature Agencies:

The Regional Development Literature Agencies support writers across the UK.

For more information about the agencies please visit the following websites:

Spread the Word

New Writing South

New Writing North

Writing East Midlands

Writing West Midlands

Literature Works

Writers’ Centre Norwich




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