The shortlist for the Polari First Book Prize has just been announced at the Southbank Centre. This year, for the first time, the winner will receive a grand prize of £1000, courtesy of Square Peg Media.
The Polari 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.
The five books which have made it to this years shortlist are:
The Frost Fairs by John McCullogh (Salt)
Ey Up and Away by Vicky Ryder (Wandering Star Press)
Becoming Nancy by Terry Ronald (Transworld)
Exit Through The Wound by North Morgan (Limehouse Books)
Modern Love by Max Wallis (Flap)
The winner will be announced on Monday 26 November 2102 for Polari’s 5th Birthday and will receive a cheque for £1000.
Paul Burston, Chairman of this years panel of judges said: ‘This is a really strong short list which reflects the diversity of LGBT literary voices. These five writers tackle a wide variety of themes and subjects through a range of different genres. They each offer humour and insight. The judges would like to congratulate the five shortlisted writers and would also like to thank Linda Riley of Square Peg Media for her generous support in celebrating the inventiveness, distinctiveness and excellence of the very best of queer writing’
The media partner for the prize is Square Peg Media, best known as publishers of g3 and OUT In The City.
For more information on the Polari First Book prize click here.