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.
- 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.