Ali Smith on Green Carnation longlist

Ali Smith on Green Carnation longlist

Ali Smith, Jeanette Winterson and film director John Waters have all been longlisted for the Green Carnation Prize, now in its second year.

The prize, open to all LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) writers celebrates the best of modern gay writing. The 13-strong genre-spanning longlist includes Smith's There But For The  . . ., and memoirs by Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?, and Waters' Role Models.

Chair of the judges Simon Savidge said: "With so many submissions and so many wonderful books we didn't feel we could have a [longlist] of just 10. In fact, to get it down to a baker's dozen took hours of discussion, thankfully there were no tears or bloodshed . . .  While I am looking forward to returning to all of them, cutting them down to a shortlist of five is going to be quite a mission for us all."

Author and judge Stella Duffy also highlighted the inclusion of women—who have taken eight of the places—for consideration, as the inaugural prize was open only to gay men. She said: "I'm delighted to see so many women writers on the list and excited by the range of writing."

The Green Carnation Prize shortlist will be announced on 2nd December, with the winner crowned on 7th December.

The longlist in full:

By Nightfall – Michael Cunningham (Fourth Estate)
The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge – Patricia Duncker (Bloomsbury)
The Proof of Love – Catherine Hall (Portobello)
Red Dust Road – Jackie Kay (Picador)
The Retribution – Val McDermid (Little Brown)    
Purge – Sofi Oksanen (Atlantic Books)
There But for The… - Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
Remembrance of Things I Forgot – Bob Smith (Terrace Books)
Ever Fallen in Love – Zoe Strachan (Sandstone Press)
The Empty Family – Colm Toibin (Penguin Books)
Role Models – John Waters (Beautiful Books)
Before I Go To Sleep – S J Watson (Doubleday)
Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? – Jeanette Winterson (Jonathan Cape)