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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.

Far from the TreeThe 2013 winner was announced on 19th November; the judges chose Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon, in which he introduces parents who have learned to deal with their exceptional children and find profound meaning in doing so. It features families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, disability, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals and who are transgender.

On winning the award, Andrew Solomon commented, 'I am profoundly honored and utterly thrilled to have won this prize. When I was born, it was a crime, a sin, and a mental illness to be gay; now it is an identity, and a much celebrated one at that, as the very existence of this prize clearly demonstrates. My book is about how we can use that shift, of which gay people today are the fortunate beneficiaries, as a model for helping others with stigmatized differences to find dignity in them. I believe with all my heart in a prize that celebrates the particular contributions of gay literature, and that recognizes that human diversity, like species diversity, is necessary to sustain the world as we know and love it.'

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

 

2013 Shortlist

Gob's Grief
Gob's Grief (Hardback)
Chris Adrian
 
Chris Adrian's debut novel, published in the UK for the first time
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Black Bread White Beer
Niven Govinden
 
OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2012 LONGLISTED FOR THE DSC PRIZE FOR SOUTH ASIAN LITERATURE...
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May We be Forgiven
May We be Forgiven (Paperback)
A. M. Homes
 
The dark and dazzling new novel from the author of the major bestseller This Book Will Save Your Life
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The Kills
The Kills (Hardback)
Richard House
 
An astonishing landmark novel in four books, The Kills is both a political thriller and a bravura literary performance. Longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
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Fanny and Stella: The Young Men Who...
Neil McKenna
 
28th April 1870. The flamboyantly dressed Miss Fanny Park and Miss Stella Boulton are causing a stir in the Strand Theatre. All eyes are riveted upon their lascivious oglings of...
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Far from the Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love
Andrew Solomon
 
Tells stories of parents who learn to deal with their exceptional children and find profound meaning in doing so. This book explores themes of generosity, acceptance and tolerance - and...
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Previous winners


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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