Jacob Ross's first novel, Pynter Bender, was short-listed for several awards including the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (2009), Society of Authors ‘Best first Novel’, Caribbean Review of Books ‘Book of the Year’ and Metro’s Book of The Week. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2011, he received Grenada’s highest literary award for his contribution to literature.
He is the author of two acclaimed short story collections, Song for Simone and A Way to Catch the Dust. He is also co-editor of several publications of fiction: Voice, Memory, Ashes; Riding and Rising, and Turf. Ross co-authored with Kwesi Owusu, Behind the Masquerade: The Story of Notting Hill Carnival, a seminal work exploring the history, sociology and creative infrastructure of London’s Notting Hill Carnival.
Jacob Ross is an established tutor of Narrative Craft, running his own masterclasses both in the UK and abroad. he is an Arvon tutor, and a reader and tutor for The Literary Consultancy. For several years he has been a Judge for the Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize as well as the VS Pritchett and Tom Gallon prizes.