Polari is the UK’s leading live showcase for emerging and established LGBTQ+ literary talent. Who won the 2023 prizes?
In recent literary trends, there’s a notable shift towards better representation of LGBTQ+ characters, including those who identify as transgender. This blog post looks at the importance of fostering inclusivity and providing a platform for authentic storytelling.
Crafting a novel is an exhilarating journey, especially when it involves themes and stories from the LGBTQ+ spectrum. As you near the finish line, it’s crucial to understand that the final step, the polish, can significantly impact the reception and success of your book. Here’s why enlisting the expertise of a copyeditor is a game-changerContinue reading “The Essential Case for Hiring a Copyeditor for Your LGBTQ+ Self-Published Novel”
In a powerful statement, Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States, has publicly condemned the alarming rise of book bans targeting LGBTQ+ literature. This trend restricts access to important stories and information, denying individuals their right to read and explore diverse perspectives. Her firm stance highlights the urgent need for inclusivity and acceptanceContinue reading “US First Lady Comes Out Against Book Bans”
In the ever-evolving world of literature, diversity and representation have become critical themes. Within this landscape, LGBTQ+ literature has made significant strides in sharing unique stories and experiences. Yet, despite the progress, there’s a persistent challenge that writers and editors must tackle: the portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters without resorting to harmful stereotypes. In this blogContinue reading “Sensitivity without Stereotyping: Navigating LGBTQ+ Character Portrayals”
So, you’ve poured your heart and soul into writing an LGBTQ+ book and now you’re ready to share your story with the world. The first step in this exciting journey is pitching your book to literary agents who can help you get it published. But how do you go about it?
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 awardsContinue reading “Polari Prize 2023 Shortlist”
LGBTQ+ fiction has come a long way in representing the diverse experiences of the community, but one persistent issue remains – heteronormativity. Heteronormativity is the belief that heterosexuality is the norm, and it often manifests in LGBTQ+ fiction in various ways. In this blog post, we will explore why heteronormativity in LGBTQ+ fiction is problematicContinue reading “Breaking Down Heteronormativity in LGBTQ+ Fiction: Why It’s Problematic”
In recent years, self-publishing has become a game-changer for authors, particularly those within the LGBTQ+ community. As traditional publishing houses evolve, the world of literature is witnessing a surge in self-published LGBTQ+ fiction books. In this blog post, we’ll explore the reasons why self-publishing is the ideal avenue for LGBTQ+ authors to share their stories,Continue reading “Why Self-Publishing an LGBTQ+ Fiction Book is Best”
In today’s diverse and inclusive literary landscape, representation matters more than ever. As the LGBTQ+ community gains greater visibility, their stories must be told authentically and respectfully. One essential aspect of ensuring this authenticity is hiring an LGBTQ+ copyeditor for LGBTQ+ fiction books. In this blog post, we’ll explore the reasons why this choice isContinue reading “The Importance of Hiring an LGBTQ+ Copyeditor for LGBTQ+ Books”