The organisers of Fiction Uncovered, the UK initiative that has championed British fiction writers since 2010, announces today that the annual prize will not run in Summer 2016. The initiative will continue, and in 2016 a dedicated website at fictionuncovered.co.uk will continue to celebrate British fiction year-round with reviews, interviews and guest posts.
Fiction Uncovered launched its first selection of titles in 2011 with funding from Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts) and has since annually selected eight titles from British fiction writers. Titles have been promoted in bookshops, media, and live events and via an annual radio station Fiction Uncovered FM.
Previous Fiction Uncovered Chairs of Judges include Giles Foden, John Sutherland, Louise Doughty, Matt Haig and India Knight.
It has awarded 40 British writers and previous winners include Dan Rhodes, Tibor Fischer, Doug Johnston, Nikita Lalwani, Rupert Thomson, James Meek, Bernardine Evaristo, Evie Wyld, Emma Jane Unsworth and David Whitehouse.
In the past five years, WHSmith Travel, Foyles, Apple iBooks and iTunes, Waterstones, Amazon and many independent booksellers and literature organisations across the UK have supported Fiction Uncovered with promotions, in-store events, blog-posts and more.
In 2014 and 2015, with the support of a two-year grant from Jerwood Charitable Foundation, it became the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, with a prize fund each year of £40,000 divided equally between eight winners.
Sophie Rochester, founder and Director of Fiction Uncovered, says today:
“Our annual Fiction Uncovered initiative has been generously supported by Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation in the past five years. With the radical changes to the way readers discover fiction since the initiative began, we are using 2016 to redesign a new programme of activity to support British writers. Many have been calling for a new, broader Prize for British Fiction to include first-time novelists – and this is certainly one of the avenues we are exploring with commercial sponsors working with ‘Agile Ideas’, the independent, project management agency specialising in book-based prizes, awards and promotions.”
Fiction Uncovered also created unique opportunities in 2014 and 2015 for Susanna Jones and Lavie Tidhar to take part in writing residencies at the Toji Cultural Foundation in South Korea, working with the British Council.
The #britishwritingisnotallgrey campaign reached over 4.5 million accounts and trended for three days, encouraging readers to share the British fiction writer they would be reading in Summer 2015.
Fiction Uncovered is an initiative devised and produced by The Literary Platform. Writers and publishers can sign up to the Fiction Uncovered newsletter for more information.
For more information about Fiction Uncovered please contact [email protected]