What is the Polari Prize?
The Polari Prize is the UK’s only LGBTQ+ book prize. This year there are two prizes: for debut and non-debut books. The biannual Children’s / YA book prize returns next year. Founded in 2011, this year is the award’s eleventh year. Founded by author and activist Paul Burston, the awards celebrate LGBTQ+ books, fiction and non-fiction. This year, the awards will take place at the British Library on the 24th November.
2023 Polari Book Prize (non-debut)
Shortlisted for the 2023 Polari Book Prize are:
- Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield (Picador)
- All Down Darkness Wide by Seán Hewitt (Jonathan Cape)
- Here Again Now by Okechukwu Nzelu (Dialogue Books)
- Fire Island by Jack Parlett (Granta Books)
- Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart (Picador)
- The Schoolhouse by Sophie Ward (Corsair)
2023 Polari First Book Prize
Shortlisted for the 2023 Polari First Book Prize are:
- None of the Above by Travis Alabanza (Canongate Books)
- Rising of the Black Sheep by Livia Kojo Alour (Polari Press)
- The New Life by Tom Crewe (Chatto & Windus)
- A Visible Man by Edward Enninful (Bloomsbury)
- Love from the Pink Palace by Jill Nalder (Wildfire)
- The Whale Tattoo by Jon Ransom (Muswell Press)
I look forward to finding out who wins in November! Have you read any of the shortlisted books? If so, what did you think? Do get in touch and let me know your predictions!
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