The shortlist for The Green Carnation Prize has been announced! After many hours of passionate debate, considering each and every one of the brilliant longlisted titles anew, my fellow judges and I eventually managed to decide on a really strong, diverse and interesting shortlist that demonstrates the quality of LGBT writing being published in the UK at the moment:
All The Days and Nights – Niven Govinden (The Friday Project)
Thirst – Kerry Hudson (Chatto & Windus)
The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales – Kirsty Logan (Salt)
Any Other Mouth – Anneliese Mackintosh (Freight)
Unspeakable Things – Laurie Penny (Bloomsbury)
Invisible Love – Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (Europa Editions)
Logan, Mackintosh and Penny make the list for their first published books, while Govinden and Hudson have been shortlisted for the Prize in past years. This year is the first the prize has been open for works in translation, and it’s wonderful to have Schmitt included on the shortlist (he is from Belgium). The six titles comprise both fiction and non-fiction, short stories, memoir, polemic, the harsh reality of contemporary Britain and a parallel fairytale world. There are four women on the shortlist, and two men. All of the women are under 35. It’s exciting to see strength and depth in women’s writing in the UK at the moment, especially these four who are just at the start of what will surely be hugely successful careers.
I hope you will all go out and read the shortlisted books. Comment here or contact me on Twitter if you do; I’d love to know what you think.
I’d also like to mention this blog about the prize from another novelist, Antonia Honeywell, whose experience of working her way through each of the longlisted titles is worth reading.