The Green Carnation Prize was founded in 2010 by author Paul Magrs and journalist and blogger Simon Savidge, who remains Honorary Director, after Paul tweeted about the “scandalous lack of prizes for gay men” in the UK.
It got off to a great start in its first year as an award that celebrated the best fiction and memoirs by gay men. It provoked debate, produced an intriguing shortlist and chose a worthy winner in Christopher Fowler’s ‘Paperboy’.
In its second year the prize was won by Catherine Hall with ‘The Proof of Love’, which was also one of the Fiction Uncovered titles of 2012, after the Green Carnation Prize opened its entries to the whole LGBT community. In 2012 the prize was jointly won by Patrick Gale’s ‘A Perfectly Good Man’ and Andre Carl Van Der Merwe’s ‘Moffie’. In 2013 Andrew Solomon’s ‘Far From The Tree’ won the prize followed by Annelise Macintosh’s ‘Any Other Mouth’ in 2014 and Marlon James with ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’.
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The Green Carnation Prize was born in late July 2010 when the literary award season kicked off and author Paul Magrs tweeted about the “scandalous lack of prizes for gay men” in the UK. Journalist and blogger Simon Savidge saw this and then contacted Paul about making an actual prize for gay men’s writing together. From there a team of judges (including fellow co-founder Nick Campbell, author Lesley Cookman and actress Katy Manning) was formed and a prize was born. The prize is named after the green carnation historically sometimes worn as an emblem of homosexuality and is a tribute to Oscar Wilde who often carried one on his lapel. In 2012 the prize opened its submission criteria to include all LGBT writers, in 2015 it widened its submission criteria even further including all ‘works of translation’.
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