ALLi’s Press and Media Manager Nerys Hudson, based in Berlin, reports on a fantastic score for our Open Up to Indies campaign, particularly for writers of books published in the UK, and for self-publishers and indie authors in general.
We are delighted to report that Fiction Uncovered, open to books published in the UK, is the latest award scheme to open its metaphorical doors and its literal submissions process to indie authors.
With encouragement from the ALLi team, Fiction Uncovered has revised its submission process, making 2014 the first year in which the award will be open to author-published titles.
And if that wasn’t enough good news, Fiction Uncovered has also secured funding for the next two years, thanks to funds from the National Lottery, with support from Arts Council England.
What is Fiction Uncovered?
Fiction Uncovered is an annual summer promotion which has been dubbed the ‘Mercury Prize’ for UK writers. Aiming to bring ‘under-discovered’ writers to a wider audience, Fiction Uncovered is an incredibly vital award that supports writers at a stage when energies can begin to flag, under the efforts of writing and reaching readers in a highly commercial environment. The ALLi team will be working with eligible members, encouraging them to submit their work and put appropriate book distribution platforms in place to maximise the potential offered by such a platform.
Over the last year, we have seen self-publishers gradually make inroads into these more traditional, institution-led areas of publishing, and we are thrilled to see Fiction Uncovered join the prestigious Folio Prize as an award keen to break down the silos of traditional and self-publishing. It’s also another big coup for our ongoing “Open Up to Indies” campaign, which aims to encourage exchange between publishing institutions, associations, festival organisers, reviewers, booksellers and prizes and the wider world of author-publishing.
For More Information
More info on submissions for Fiction Uncovered can be found on their website. Find out more about the Open Up to Indies campaign on the SPA blog – and if you believe self-publishers should have equal opportunities, please take a moment to sign ALLi’s Open Up to Indie Authors Petition. ALLi is hoping that 2014 will be the year in which we send a clear reminder to the rest of the publishing world that author-publishing counts – which means your voice matters more than ever.