Longlist for The Green Carnation Prize Announced

GCP 2014

Earlier this year I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to be one of the judges for the Green Carnation Prize 2014. The Prize was founded in 2010 and has been championing exceptional works of literature written by LGBT authors ever since. Along with my fellow judges I’ve been reading all the submitted books over the past couple of months (apparently this year saw the largest number of entries since the Prize was founded), and earlier this week we got together to deliberate over the longlist. It was hard to get to our final thirteen titles, but we managed it in the end. The thirteen longlisted books cover fiction, non-fiction, memoir, short stories, essays and the graphic novel. Here is the list in full:

Through The Woods – Emily Carroll (Faber & Faber)
The Absent Therapist – Will Eaves (CB Editions)
The Fair Fight – Anna Freeman (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
All The Days and Nights – Niven Govinden (The Friday Project)
Vixen – Rosie Garland (Borough Press)
Thirst – Kerry Hudson (Chatto & Windus)
The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales – Kirsty Logan (Salt)
In Search of Solace – Emily Mackie (Sceptre)
Any Other Mouth – Anneliese Mackintosh (Freight)
The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)
Unspeakable Things – Laurie Penny (Bloomsbury)
Invisible Love – Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (Europa Editions)
The Glasgow Coma Scale – Neil D. A. Stewart (Corsair)

Here’s a rather lovely photo showing the spines of the longlisted titles:

GCP Longlist Spines

Now the rest of the judges and I are re-reading each of the longlisted titles in preparation for what I’m sure will be a difficult – but passionate – debate over which will make it onto the shortlist. The shortlist will be announced on Thursday 6th November, and there will be a ceremony at Foyle’s flagship store on the Charing Cross Road on Friday 28th November where the winner will be revealed.

You can find out more about the longlist on the Green Carnation Prize’s website here.



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