It’s that time again. The Polari Prize is back and the longlist was announced last night. The 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 (or self-published) in the UK in English. This year’s judges included our very own Gay & Lesbian editor and host of Polari Paul Burston; Rachel Holmes, Head of Literature at the Southbank; Suzi Feay, literary critic; Joe Storey-Scott, books buyer and writer, critic and broadcaster Bidisha. The shortlist will be announced in September, with the winner being crowned at the Polari 5th Birthday on November 26 where they will receive £1000 (courtesy of Square Peg Media).
And, trumpets at the ready, the ten longlisted books are…
‘Rory’s Boys’ – Alan Clark (Bliss/Arcadia Books)
‘Pennance’ – Claire Ashton (self published on Kindle)
‘The Frost Fairs’ – John McCullogh (Salt)
‘Becoming Nancy’ – Terry Ronald (Transworld)
‘Exit Through The Wound’ – North Morgan (Limehouse Books)
‘Body of Water’ – Stuart Wakefield (self published)
‘Modern Love’ – Max Wallis (Flap)
‘Ey Up and Away’ – Vicky Ryder (Wandering Star Press)
‘Grrl Alex’ – Alex Drummond (self published)
‘Perking The Pansies’ – Jack Scott (Summertime Publishing)
Find out updates at paulburston.com.