The shortlisted Polari First Book Prize titles will be displayed at major WH Smith travel stores for the first time this year.
Publishers were invited to make submissions for the award on Friday (28th February) at the Polari Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre. At the same time, organisers announced a partnership with WH Smith which will see shortlisted titles displayed at the company’s Travel store outlets across the UK after they are announced in September.
The longlist will be revealed in July and the prize winner announced in October.
The Polari First Book Prize is given for a first book which explores the LGBT experience and is open to any work of poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction published in the UK between 2nd February 2013 and 1st February 2014. Publishers are asked to make the prize submissions and writers must be born or resident in the UK. The deadline for submissions is 1st May 2014. Self-published works in both print and digital formats are also eligible for submission. In the case of self-published works, authors are asked to submit their work with a letter describing why and how the project has been self-published.
This year’s judges for the 2014 Prize are: author and journalist Paul Burston, author and former Channel 4 News culture editor Matt Cain, literary critic and broadcaster Suzi Feay, Rachel Holmes, former head of literature at The Southbank, and author and comedian VG Lee.
Last year’s winner was Mari Hannah for her crime novel The Murder Wall (Pan Macmillan), receiving a cheque for £1,000 from sponsor Société Générale.