The Winner of the Green Carnation Prize 2014 is…

After several months of reading and re-reading from the highest amount of submissions yet and an incredible shortlist, the judges of the Green Carnation Prize were unanimous in selecting Anneliese Mackintosh’s Any Other Mouth’ as the winner of the 2014 prize, now in association with Foyles.

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Chair of the judges for 2014, journalist Kaite Welsh has said of Any Other Mouth “Choosing a winner out of such an excellent shortlist should have been difficult, but we were all unanimous in loving Any Other Mouth, a raw, uncompromising debut by Annaliese Mackintosh that defies categorization. It isn’t quite a short story collection or a novel and, as she tells us at the very beginning, it’s only almost a memoir. In the end, the only category Any Other Mouth fits neatly into is the one of very, very good books. It stood out on a first reading for everyone, and we found that every conversation we had kept circling back to it. Grief, sex, family, growing up – there’s no theme here that isn’t universal, but in Annaliese’s hands they seem painfully personal. Rarely does a memoir or a short story collection bring you into the mind of the author quite so intimately. We were all struck by how skillfully Annaliese drew the fragments of her story together – it’s a masterclass in storytelling through non-linear narrative. This year’s shortlist is an exciting mix of emerging voices and established talent. The diversity of genre and styles on display show what an exciting time it is for queer literature.”

Simon Heafield, Marketing Manager for the prize’s partner Foyles, said “We’re thrilled that Anneliese Mackintosh has won, out of such a strong and diverse shortlist. This is a book that straddles the genres of fiction, memoir and short stories with great aplomb, and its winning the prize provides us with a great chance to put the book into the hands of more customers and help give such a talented writer the readership she clearly deserves.”

The Green Carnation Prize is a prize awarded to LGBT writers for any form of the written word, from memoir to fiction, poetry to non-fiction between October 2013 and September 2014. This year has seen the growth of the prize, to encompass works of translation, which only can be encouraged by a partnership with Foyles. The partnership will see Foyles offer event space in their new flagship store, with public events celebrating the prize to follow in Spring 2015 when plans for next years prize will also be announced.

We will see you all in the spring, for updates on the prize please follow @TheGCPrize on Twitter.

 

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The Green Carnation Prize Shortlist 2014

The thirteen strong longlist of titles celebrating LGBT writing have been whittled down, after many hours of debate, to a shortlist of six titles which include a diverse range of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, works in translation and memoir.

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  • 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)

Chair of the judges for 2014, journalist Kaite Welsh said of the shortlist “This year’s shortlist is an exciting mix of emerging voices and established talent. The diversity of genre and styles on display show what an exciting time it is for queer literature.”

Simon Heafield, Marketing Manager for the prize’s partner Foyles said “Culling seven titles from such a strong longlist was incredibly hard, but we’ve arrived at a shortlist of six books that each offer readers something unique. Whether that’s a unique perspective on society, a unique form, or a unique literary voice, this selection of books is as diverse as the community it represents, yet is unified by a common thread: sheer quality.”

Fellow judge Laura Macdougall, editor and journalist, concurred “Judging the Green Carnation Prize this year has made me even more aware of the brilliant LGBT writing being published in this country. From a record-breaking number of submissions came a really strong, diverse longlist; whittling it down to a shortlist of six was not easy. But I’m delighted that we have chosen a shortlist that encompasses both fiction and non-fiction, short stories and memoir, fiction in translation, debut works and books by those whom the Prize has recognised in the past. I’m looking forward to re-reading all the shortlisted titles again and to what I’m sure will be a great discussion with my fellow judges as we have to decide which of these exceptional works best encompasses what the Prize seeks to celebrate.”

The Green Carnation Prize is a prize awarded to LGBT writers for any form of the written word, and has a reputation of championing LGBT writers from the UK. This year has seen the growth of the prize, to encompass works of translation, which only can be encouraged by a partnership with Foyles. The partnership will see Foyles offer event space in their new flagship store to host the award ceremony on November the 28th, with public events celebrating the prize to follow this winter and in Spring 2015.

 

 

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The Green Carnation Prize Longlist 2014

The thirteen strong longlist of titles celebrating LGBT writing have been announced after several days of debates between the judges over an exceptional list of submissions, the most the prize has seen in its history to date. This list takes us from fairytale lands to the call centres of Scotland, from Calcutta to Russia and includes fiction, memoir, essays, short stories, non-fiction and the graphic novel.

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  • 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)

Chair of the judges for 2014, journalist Kaite Welsh said of the longlist “The judging panel for this year’s prize were in luck – some of the most dynamic and exciting books from the past twelve months have been from LGBT authors. Out of those, we’ve compiled an amazing longlist that should be on everyone’s to-read list. The 2014 Green Carnation Prize has coincined with a bumper year for LGBT writing from established authors to new voices. Whittling the list down to 13 was difficult and enjoyable, and we’re confident that picking the shortlist from such a great collection will be just as challenging.”

Simon Heafield, Marketing Manager for the prize’s partner Foyles said: “As a judge, I’m immensely proud of the longlist we’ve chosen, a selection of extraordinary books representing the best of LGBT writing across the genres.  As a bookseller, I’m excited to have the opportunity to introduce readers to these thirteen unforgettable books, many of which aren’t yet as well known as they deserve to be.”

The Green Carnation Prize is a prize awarded to LGBT writers for any form of the written word, and has a reputation of championing LGBT writers from the UK. This year has seen the growth of the prize, to encompass works of translation, which only can be encouraged by a partnership with Foyles. The partnership will see Foyles offer event space in their new flagship store to host the award ceremony on November the 28th, with public events celebrating the prize to follow.

The shortlist for the prize will be announced on Thursday the 6th of November.

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The Green Carnation Prize 2014 Judges Announced…

We are delighted to reveal the full judging panel for The Green Carnation Prize 2014. The judges are Simon Heafield, Communications Manager of Foyles; Jonathan Kemp, author and DJ; Laura Macdougall, Editor at Hodder and Stoughton and Gareth McLean, writer, critic and journalist. The judges will be chaired by Kaite Welsh, freelance journalist, author and the LGBT Editor of The List.

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The prize is now open for submissions, for more information on the submissions you can visit the guidelines page here; for more information on the judging panel for 2012 you can visit the ‘Judges 2014’ page here. Now it is down to some serious summer reading for our five new judges as the Green Carnation Prize 2014 in association with Foyles starts officially.

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Foyles announces partnership with Green Carnation Prize

Foyles, National Bookseller of the Year 2013 and 2012, has today, Thursday 5th June, announced its two year partnership with the Green Carnation Prize for writing.

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The Green Carnation Prize is a prize awarded to LGBT writers for any form of the written word, and has a reputation of championing LGBT writers from the UK. This year will see the growth of the prize, to encompass works of translation, which only can be encouraged by a partnership with Foyles. The partnership will see Foyles offer event space in their new flagship shop to host the award ceremony and public events celebrating the prize, with Simon Heafield Communications Manager at Foyles on the judging panel, the full line up of judges will be announced next week. On joining the panel and the prize Simon Heafield said:

“As a bookshop Foyles is very committed to showcasing the wonderfully diverse world of literature, we’re proud to be supporting the Green Carnation Prize. In its short history, the Prize has already established itself as a dependable marque of quality, bringing new readers to books that really deserve to be more widely known. Among the many literary prizes that have done little to move with the times, the Green Carnation stands out as one destined to become one of the highlights of the literary calendar.”

Simon Savidge, Honorary Director and co-founder of the Green Carnation said:

“I am beyond delighted that the Green Carnation Prize is to be in association with Foyles in 2014 and 2015 bringing you the best LGBT writing published in the UK. Both parties have a clear vision to bring readers the best published LGBT writing available in the UK both in print and in person, with some great events celebrating long listed authors and winners past and future plus LGBT’s literary history which is sometimes forgotten, it is a very exciting time for the prize.”

For more information please visit: www.foyles.co.uk or www.greencarnationprize.com

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Words From Our 2013 Winner, Andrew Solomon

Yesterday we announced the news that Andrew Solomon had won the Green Carnation Prize 2013 with Far From The Tree,  which the judges have been in unanimous admiration of as an exceptional book.

Heard the news of his win Andrew said “I am profoundly honored and utterly thrilled to have won this prize.  When I was born, it was a crime, a sin, and a mental illness to be gay; now it is an identity, and a much celebrated one at that, as the very existence of this prize clearly demonstrates.  My book is about how we can use that shift, of which gay people today are the fortunate beneficiaries, as a model for helping others with stigmatized differences to find dignity in them.  I believe with all my heart in a prize that celebrates the particular contributions of gay literature, and that recognizes that human diversity, like species diversity, is necessary to sustain the world as we know and love it.  I am delighted to play any part in putting forward that idea, and I thank the judges with all my heart.”

We have nothing we can add to that wonderfully humbling statement. Once again thank you to the judges and for the publishers and authors who entered for the prize this year. We will be back in the spring of 2014, until then we hope we leave you with many great books to read over the months ahead.

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The Winner of The Green Carnation Prize 2013

Andrew Solomon is the latest author to win the Green Carnation Prize with ‘Far From The Tree’ a book about exceptional children which celebrates what it means to be human in all its diversity.

This years judges were unanimous in their praise for the book, Chair of the judges for 2013, Uli Lenart of Gays the Word, described it as “A work of extraordinary humanity. Life affirming, insightful and profoundly moving. Andrew Solomon continuously makes you reassess what you think. An opus of diversity, resilience and acceptance; Far From The Tree is a book that has the power to make the World a better place.”

Andrew Solomon joins previous winners.

Andrew Solomon joins previous winners.

Fellow judge Kerry Hudson, who was shortlisted for the prize in 2012, said “In the way that the best literature does, Far from The Tree gives access to different worlds and in doing so will change the way you look at things forever. It informs, inspires, moves and entertains. It is the sort of book that makes you grateful to have found it and that remains a gift for a lifetime.”

For more information contact greencarnationprize@gmail.com You can follow the prize on Twitter and Facebook in preparation for next year and get all the latest news.

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