The Green Carnation Prize 2016… Call For Entries

For the third year, The Green Carnation Prize, an award which recognises lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) writers working in any form, will work in close assocation with Foyles bookshop.

The partnership will see the ‘world-famous bookseller’ support and promote the shortlisted books and winning title in stores and online, as well as host the award ceremony at the flagship store in Spring 2017.

Now, in its seventh year, the Prize is open for entries and welcomes Maura Brickell, Director of Maura PR & Communications, to the board working alongside Prize Director, Simon Savidge, as they look to cement the award as a vital recognition for books as diverse as the community it represents and unified by a common thread: sheer quality of writing.

Simon Heafield, Head of Marketing at Foyles said: “Foyles bookshops are places where readers can encounter a diverse range of stories and we are proud to be working with the The Green Carnation Prize to continue our support of its vital work in showcasing the wealth of writing talent in the LGBT community, and helping these voices to reach the widest audience possible. Recent events have shown that those who support an equal and diverse society cannot afford an ounce of complacency, and I’m proud that in working with the Green Carnation Prize we are able to uphold these ideals, which we hold dear.”

Prize Chair Simon Savidge said: “I am delighted that The Green Carnation Prize is returning, after a small break to catch its breath, for its seventh year both in partnership once more with Foyles and with Maura Brickell joining me at the helm. It seems in uncertain times that diverse voices from all over the world need to be heard just as much as ever before, sharing experiences and opening people’s minds. I am delighted to be continuing the wonderful partnership with Foyles and getting these voices in the hands of the public through the power of the written word and books.”

Following 2015’s highest number of submissions to date, the Prize was awarded to Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings. Upon winning the prize, James said: “Six years ago I wouldn’t have been able to voice that I was LGBT, so to be recognised for that and for work the judges felt was great is fantastic.”

The Prize, which aims to become Britain’s most prestigious literary prize representing the LGBT community, was set-up in 2010 to acknowledge and celebrate great writing from LGBT writers and the inaugural Prize was awarded to Christopher Fowler for his novel Paperboy. Previous winners of the Prize are: Catherine Hall (2011); join-winners Patrick Gayle and Andre Carl Van Der Merwe (2012); Andrew Soloman (2013); and Annaliese Mackintosh (2014). v Each year judges are appointed by the Chair of the Prize. The 2017 panel will be announced in December 2016.

For more information and any additional submission details please contact Maura Brickell on maura@mauracommunications.com or 07915388571.

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The Winner of the Green Carnation Prize 2015

After several hours of deliberation the Green Carnation judges have chosen their winner which has just been announced by the Chair of Judges Niven Govinden at an event in Foyles flagship store. And the winner is…

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Marlon James has won The Green Carnation Prize 2015 with his third novel A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Jamaica, 1976 seven gunmen storm Bob Marley’s house, machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but the gunmen are never caught. From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a dazzling display of masterful storytelling exploring this near-mythic event. Spanning three decades and crossing continents, A Brief History of Seven Killings chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters – slum kids, one-night stands, drug lords, girlfriends, gunmen, journalists, and even the CIA. Gripping and inventive, ambitious and mesmerising, A Brief History of Seven Killings is one of the most remarkable and extraordinary novels of the twenty-first century.

Director of the prize, Simon Savidge said “Having been a fly on the wall of many judges meetings I don’t think I have seen any discussions of shortlist to winner that have caused such lively debate. The strength of the shortlist, and indeed the longlist, this year once again shows that there are many, many fantastic books being written by LGBT authors that stretch a whole spectrum of themes, ideas, places and subjects.”

On winning the prize Marlon James said “I am so thankful to the prize, the judges and Foyles to be announced the winner in the prizes sixth year; six years ago I would not have been able to voice that I was LGBT, so to be recognised for that and for work the judges felt was great is fantastic.”

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 2014 and September 2015. 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 sees Foyles offer event space in their new flagship store, with public events celebrating the prize to follow in 2016.

Announcements for the Green Carnation Prize 2016 will also be made in the spring, for updates on the prize please follow @TheGCPrize on Twitter.

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The Green Carnation Prize Shortlist 2015

The six shortlisted titles celebrating LGBT writing have been announced after hours of debates between the judges over an exceptionally strong longlist. Once again with a list including fiction; from debut novelists to well established literary faces, non-fiction; from investigations into the modern drugs world to a memoir of a mother’s illness, from Victorian London to Jamaica, the Green Carnation proves itself as one of the most diverse prizes.

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  • Sophie and the Sibyl – Patricia Duncker (Bloomsbury)
  • A Place Called Winter – Patrick Gale (Tinder Press)
  • Chasing the Scream – Johann Hari (Bloomsbury Circus)
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James (OneWorld)
  • Mrs Engels – Gavin McCrea (Scribe)
  • Stammered Songbook – Erwin Mortier (Pushkin Press)

Chair of the judges for 2015, author Niven Govinden said of the shortlist “After a lively and robust debate, we’re proud to unveil our shortlist, which we feel represents the best of the best: books that excel and incite passion in the reader.”

Simon Heafield, Marketing Manager for the prize’s partner Foyles said “We’re very proud to play a part in promoting a shortlist of such quality. Indeed, most are books we’ve been actively promoting instore this year so we’re delighted that readers will again be given good reason to investigate them further.”

The Green Carnation Prize is a prize awarded to LGBT writers for any form of the written word, in any genre, including novels in translation. This year sees the second year of the prize’s partnership with Foyles bookshops. The partnership will see Foyles offer event space in their flagship store to host the award ceremony on Tuesday December the 8th 2015, with public events celebrating the prize to follow around the UK in 2016.

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The Green Carnation Prize Longlist 2015

The twelve strong longlist of titles celebrating LGBT writing have been announced after hours of debates between the judges over an exceptional list of submissions, the most the prize has seen in its history to date. Once again with a list including fiction; from debut novelists to well established literary faces, non-fiction; from poetry to investigations into the drugs world, the Green Carnation proves itself as one of the most diverse prizes.

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  • Blood Relatives – Stevan Alcock (4th Estate)
  • Deep Lane – Mark Doty (Jonathan Cape)
  • Sophie and the Sibyl – Patricia Duncker (Bloomsbury)
  • Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts – Mel Evans (Pluto Press)
  • A Place Called Winter – Patrick Gale (Tinder Press)
  • Chasing the Scream – Johann Hari (Bloomsbury Circus)
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James (Oneworld)
  • The Gracekeepers – Kirsty Logan (Harvill Secker)
  • Mrs Engels – Gavin McCrea (Scribe)
  • Stammered Songbook – Erwin Mortier (Pushkin Press)
  • Don’t Let Him Know – Sandip Roy (Bloomsbury)
  • The Curator – Jacques Strauss (Jonathan Cape)

Chair of the judges for 2015, author Niven Govinden said of the longlist “After a long summer of reading and discussion, I’m delighted that we have produced an incredibly strong longlist, chosen from a substantial and eclectic range of submissions. The twelve books selected  – all markers of excellence – will hopefully challenge and resonate with readers, and be loved too.”

Simon Heafield, Marketing Manager for the prize’s partner Foyles said “The Green Carnation Prize has once again produced a longlist of fantastic quality and dazzling variety. I’m sure any of our customers could find a book to fall in love with on this list; we’re delighted to continue our partnership with the Prize, and to have the opportunity to highlight these remarkable books.”

The Green Carnation Prize is a prize awarded to LGBT writers for any form of the written word, in any genre, as well as novels in translation. This year sees the second year of its partnership with Foyles bookshops. The partnership will see Foyles offer event space in their flagship store to host the award ceremony on November the 25th, with public events celebrating the prize to follow around the UK.

The shortlist for the prize will be announced on Thursday the 12th of November.

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The Green Carnation Prize Judges 2015…

We are delighted to reveal the full judging panel for The Green Carnation Prize 2015. The judges are Jack Monroe, campaigner, writer, blogger and chef; Sophie Ward, actor and writer; Eric Karl Anderson, writer and reviewer and Celise Galloway, Local Marketing Manager of Foyles. The judges will be chaired by author Niven Govinden…

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For more information on the judges head here where you can see there may be a bake off amongst them all, as well as some serious reading ahead. The prize is now open for submissions, for more information on the submissions you can visit the guidelines page here.Now it is down to some serious summer reading for our five new judges as the Green Carnation Prize 2015 in association with Foyles starts officially.

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The Green Carnation Prize 2015, Submissions Open…

We are thrilled to announce that the Green Carnation Prize is returning for 2015, once again in association with Foyles. The corking line up of judges will be announced later this week…

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Submissions are now open, for more information head to the submissions page here.

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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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