For those that don't know, the Polari First Book Prize is an award given for a writer's first book that explores 'the LGBT experience.' It also carries a thousand pound prize, which will be nice for somebody.
The judges for this year’s contest are Paul Burston, chair and host
of literary salon Polari, Rachel Holmes, who heads up litereature at
Southbank, lit critic Suzi Feay, books buyer Joe Storey-Scott and
the writer and critic Bidisha.
Ten books have been announced for the longlist, and they are as follows:
Rory’s Boys – Alan Clark (Bliss/Arcadia Books
Pennance – Claire Ashton (self published on Kindle)
The Frost Fairs – John McCullogh (Salt)
Becoming Nancy – Terry Ronald (Transworld)
Exit Through The Wound – North Morgan (Limehouse Books)
Body of Water – Stuart Wakefield (self published)
Modern Love – Max Wallis (Flap)
Ey Up and Away – Vicky Ryder (Wandering Star Press)
Grrl Alex – Alex Drummond (self published)
Perking The Pansies – Jack Scott (Summertime Publishing)
We now have to wait until September to find out who will make the shortlist, with the winner being named at Polari's fifth birthday party in November.