Out In The City
Polari 2014 longlist announced
The longlist for the 2014 Polari First Book Prize was announced last night at the Polari Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre in London. The Prize received twice as many submissions as last year, which is reflected in an exciting longlist of twelve titles, increased from ten.
The Polari First Book Prize, is for a first book which explores the LGBT experience and is open to any work of poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction published in the UK in English within the twelve months of the deadline for submissions (this year 1 February 2013). Self-published works in both print and digital formats are eligible for submission. The winner will be presented with a cheque for £1,000, courtesy of the Société General UK LGBT Network. The Prize’s media partner is Square Peg Media, publishers of g3 and Out In The City magazines. This year, for the first time, the shortlisted books will be displayed at major WH Smiths Travel outlets across the UK.
The shortlist of five books will be announced at the Polari Literary Salon on 8 September 2014. The winner will be announced on 8 October 2014 in the Purcell Room at the London Literature Festival.
The Polari First Book Prize 2014 Longlist:
• I Am Nobody's Nigger by Dean Atta (Westbourne Press)
• Stephen Dearsley’s Summer of Love by Colin Bell (Ward Wood Publishing)
• The Girl with The Treasure Chest by VA Fearon (VIllage Books)
• The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland (Harper Collins)
• The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt (Freight Books)
• Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchman (Serpent’s Tail)
• Hainault via Newbury Park and Other Broken Tracks by Keith Jarrett (self-published)
• The Birds That Never Flew by Margot McCuaig (ThunderPoint Publishing)
• Fairytales for Lost Children by Diriye Osman (Team Angelica)
• God's Other Children - A London Memoir by Vernal W. Scott (self-published)
• The Rubbish Lesbian by Sarah Westwood (Mimwood Press)
• Out in the Army by James Wharton (Biteback Publishing)
Paul Burston, Chair of the judges, said: “The judging panel had a tougher job than ever this year, thanks to the increased number and overall quality of submissions. This is reflected in the fact that we have a long list of twelve books, rather than the usual ten.”
More details at www.polariliterarysalon.co.uk and the Polari Facebook page.
Posted: 30 July 2014