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The Green Carnation Prize


Green CarnationThe Green Carnation Prize honours the best in fiction and memoir by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers worldwide, including works in translation. From 2014, the award is presented in association with Foyles, with the award ceremony and supporting events to be hosted at our flagship store.

Communications Manager for Foyles, Simon Heafield, one of the 2014 judges said:

As a bookshop Foyles is very committed to showcasing the wonderfully diverse world of literature, we're proud to be supporting the Green Carnation Prize. In its short history, the Prize has already established itself as a dependable marque of quality, bringing new readers to books that really deserve to be more widely known. Among the many literary prizes that have done little to move with the times, the Green Carnation stands out as one destined to become one of the highlights of the literary calendar.

The prize was born when journalist and blogger Simon Savidge saw a tweet by the author Paul Magrs bemoaning the lack of a literary award for gay men; a panel for the first year's judging was swiftly assembled.

In the first year, Christopher Fowler's memoir, Paperboy, was declared the winner. Following a highly positive reaction, the 2011 prize was opened up to include all LGBT writers and, in 2012, to works in translation as well as original English-language titles.

The 2012 panel had such difficulty picking a winner than the declaration of the winner was delayed by six days: joint winners were eventually announced.

The 2014 longlist was announced on 10th October. The shortlist will be announced in early November and the winner on 28th November.

Chair of the 2014 judges, journalist Kaite Walsh said, '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 coincided 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, Foyles' Marketing Manager and also on the panel this year, 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 13 unforgettable books, many of which aren't yet as well known as they deserve to be.'

For more on the Green Carnation prize, visit the official website

 

2014 Longlist

Through the Woods
Emily Carroll
 
Includes five mysterious, spine-tingling stories that follow journeys into the eerie abyss.
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The Absent Therapist
Will Eaves
 
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The Fair Fight
The Fair Fight (Hardback)
Anna Freeman
 
Some call the prize ring a nursery for vice ...Born into a brothel, Ruth's future looks bleak until she catches the eye of Mr Dryer. A rich Bristol merchant and...
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All the Days and Nights
Niven Govinden
 
From the author of 'Black Bread White Beer'
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Vixen
Vixen (Hardback)
Rosie Garland
 
Rosie Garland's extraordinary tale is a story of superstition and devotion in the time of the Black Death and will bewitch both new readers and fans of her much-loved debut...
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Thirst
Thirst (Hardback)
Kerry Hudson
 
The beginning of a relationship is usually all about getting to know each other, sharing stories far into the night, comparing experiences, triumphs and heartaches, until we know one another...
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The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales
Kirsty Logan
 
Twenty tales of lust and loss. These stories feature clockwork hearts, lascivious queens, paper men, island circuses, and a flooded world; some are radical retellings of classic stories, some are...
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In Search of Solace
Emily Mackie
 
Jacob Little is in trouble - existential trouble. Ten years ago, in pursuit of a philosophical theory, he ditched his girlfriend Solace and took to the road, adopting ...
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Any Other Mouth
Any Other Mouth (Paperback)
Anneliese Mackintosh
 
A viciously funny and heart-breaking collection of semi-autobiographical short stories from of one the UK's most exciting new voices.
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The Lives of Others
Neel Mukherjee
 
Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all...
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Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and...
Laurie Penny
Longlisted for The Green Carnation Prize 2014 'This is not a fairytale. This is a story about how sex and money and power police our dreams.' Clear-eyed, witty and...
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Invisible Love
Invisible Love (Paperback)
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
 
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The Glasgow Coma Scale
Neil Stewart
 
Lynne is a young woman who once dreamed of being an artist, but whose promotion to supervisor at a call-centre in Glasgow is sucking the soul out of her. When...
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Previous winners


2013 Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon

2012 A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale AND Moffie by André Carl Van Der Merwe

2011 The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall

2010 Paperboy by Christopher Fowler

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