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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.

Any Other MouthThe 2014 winner, announced at Foyles on 28th November, was Any Other Mouth by Anneliese Mackintosh.

Chair of the judges for 2014, journalist Kaite Welsh, said:

'Choosing a winner out of such an excellent shortlist should have been difficult, but we were all unanimous in loving Any Other Mouth, a raw, uncompromising debut by Annaliese Mackintosh that defies categorization. It isn't quite a short story collection or a novel and, as she tells us at the very beginning, it's only almost a memoir. In the end, the only category Any Other Mouth fits neatly into is the one of very, very good books. It stood out on a first reading for everyone, and we found that every conversation we had kept circling back to it. Grief, sex, family, growing up - there's no theme here that isn't universal, but in Annaliese's hands they seem painfully personal. Rarely does a memoir or a short story collection bring you into the mind of the author quite so intimately. We were all struck by how skillfully Annaliese drew the fragments of her story together - it's a masterclass in storytelling through non-linear narrative.'

Foyles' Simon Heafield, also on the judging panel said, 'We're thrilled that Anneliese Mackintosh has won, out of such a strong and diverse shortlist. This is a book that straddles the genres of fiction, memoir and short stories with great aplomb.'

 

2014 Shortlist

All the Days and Nights
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Niven Govinden
 
From the author of 'Black Bread White Beer'.
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Thirst
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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
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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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Any Other Mouth
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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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Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and...
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Laurie Penny
Shortlisted 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
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Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
 
they see themselves through the eyes of a young terminally ill girl. Love is not easy, and not always easy to find; at times, it is obliged to circumvent social norms...
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Through the Woods
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Emily Carroll
 
Includes five mysterious, spine-tingling stories that follow journeys into the eerie abyss.
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The Absent Therapist
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Will Eaves
 
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The Fair Fight
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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
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Niven Govinden
 
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Vixen
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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
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Kerry Hudson
 
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The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales
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Kirsty Logan
 
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In Search of Solace
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Emily Mackie
 
A novel to make you question yourself; a novel to obsess about.
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Any Other Mouth
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Anneliese Mackintosh
 
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The Lives of Others
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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...
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The Glasgow Coma Scale
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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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