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.
- 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.