Polari First Book Prize

 
 

POLARI PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2018 LONGLIST AND CELEBRATES RECORD YEAR FOR SUBMISSIONS. THE PRIZE RECEIVED FOUR TIMES THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES THIS YEAR, WITH A SIGNIFICANT RISE IN SUBMISSIONS FROM MAJOR PUBLISHERS


The longlist for the Polari First Book Prize was announced tonight (June 26, 2018) at the Polari Literary Salon at London’s Southbank Centre.


Founded by journalist and author Paul Burston, the Prize is awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction.


Now in its eighth year, the Prize is celebrating a record number of submissions in 2018, with

a significant rise in entries from major UK publishers.


The Polari First Book Prize 2018 longlist is:


• Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard – Alex Bertie (Wren & Rook)

• Through Your Blood – Toby Campion (Burning Eye)  

• Mussolini’s Island – Sarah Day (Tinder Press) 

• A Marvellous Party – Ian Elmslie (Ignite)  

• Good As You: From Prejudice to Pride – 30 years of Gay Britain– Paul Flynn (Ebury)

• Pansy Boy - Paul Harfleet (Barbican) 

• Carnivore  - Jonathan Lyon (HQ) 

• Elmet – Fiona Mozley (John Murray)

• Little Gold – Allie Rogers (Legend Press)

• Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney (Faber)

• Bravado – Scottee (Oberon)

  1. Is Monogamy Dead? – Rosie Wilby (Accent Press) 


Both humorous and hard-hitting, the 2018 longlist showcases an outstanding breadth of form, content and creativity, bringing together fiction, plays, poetry, memoir and graphic art. As well as much-lauded titles from Sally Rooney and Fiona Mozley, it includes a memoir from young transgender YouTuber Alex Bertie, an anthology by UK National Poetry Slam Cham-

pion Toby Campion, an explosive literary thriller by Jonathan Lyon, a musing on modern relationships by Rosie Wilby, and a 30-year social history of gay Britain by Paul Flynn.


Chair of judges Paul Burston, said: “The judges were impressed at the range and quality of books submitted this year. There were far more submissions from major publishers, with equal numbers of books my women and men, and several trans titles - all of which is reflected in the long list. There were some books we loved but which sadly didn’t make the final

list. Choosing 12 titles from the huge number of submissions was difficult but shows that LGBT+ writing in the UK is growing in scope and confidence.”


Judges for the 2018 prize are author, journalist and host of Polari Literary Salon, chair Paul Burston; author and former Head of Literature & Spoken Word at the Southbank, Rachel Holmes; author, performer and writing coach Karen McLeod; author and comedian, VG Lee; and playwright, actor and producer, Alexis Gregory.


The shortlist of up to 6 titles will be announced on Tuesday 24th July 2018 at a special Polari Literary Salon hosted at the Southbank Centre.


The winner will be announced on 20th October 2018 at the London Literature Festival.

BACKGROUND


Established in 2011, The Polari First Book Prize is for a first book which explores the LGBT experience, in prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction.


Books must be published in English in the 12 months leading up to the submission date.


Self published books are eligible.


Writers must be born or based in the UK and Ireland.


Previous winners are –


2011 - ‘AutoFellatio’ by James Maker


2012 - ‘The Frost Fairs’ by John McCullough


2013 - ‘The Murder Wall’ by Mari Hannah


2014 - ‘Fairytales for Lost Children’ by Diriye Osman


2015 - ‘The Rental Heart’ by Kirsty Logan


2016 - ‘The Good Son’ by Paul McVeigh


2017 - ‘Guapa’ by Saleem Haddad



Press contact –

Ashton Bainbridge  

FMcM Associates 

ashtonb@fmcm.co.uk    

0207 4057422