POLARI FIRST BOOK PRIZE – RETAIL PARTNERSHIP WITH WH SMITHS TRAVEL AND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The call for submissions to this year’s Polari First Book Prize was made last night (Friday 28 February) at the Polari Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre.
This year, for the first time, the shortlisted books will be displayed at major WH Smiths Travel outlets across the UK.
The Polari First Book Prize is named after London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon, founded in 2007 and named LGBT Cultural Event of the Year in the Co-op Respect ‘Loved By You’ Awards 2013.
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 in the UK between 2 February 2013 and 1 February 2014. Writers must be born or resident in the UK. Self-published works in both print and digital formats are eligible for submission.
Last year’s winner was Mari Hannah for her crime novel “The Murder Wall”. She received a cheque for £1,000 from sponsor Société Générale.
Entries for this year’s prize should be submitted by the UK publisher. In the case of self-published books, works in print or digital form must be submitted with a letter describing why and how the project has been self-published. The deadline for submissions is 1 May 2014.
A longlist of up to 12 titles will be announced in July and the shortlist, of up to 5 titles, will be revealed in September.
The winner will be announced on 8 October 2014 in the Purcell Room at the London Literature Festival.
The judges for the 2014 Prize are:
Paul Burston (Chair of Judges) – author, journalist and host of Polari
Bidisha – critic and broadcaster
Matt Cain – author and former Culture Editor for Channel 4 News
Suzi Feay – literary critic and broadcaster
Rachel Holmes – author and former Head of Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank
VG Lee – author and comedian
NOTE TO EDITORS:
The Prize’s media partner is Square Peg Media, publishers of g3 and OUT In The City magazines.
Polari literary salon launched in 2007 in the upstairs room of a pub in Soho and was named ‘London’s peerless gay literary salon’ by The Independent on Sunday. Now, Polari is happily housed at the Southbank Centre where monthly events showcase the best in established, new and up-and-coming LGBT literary talent and performance.