Founded in 2011, The Polari First Book Prize is awarded annually to a writer whose debut book explores the LGBT+ experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction. For 2019, the award-winning LGBT+ literary salon is adding a second prize- open to playwrights. Writers must identify as LGBT+ or the work must feature LGBT+ themes and characters. Residents in the UK and Ireland are eligible.
Entry for The Polari First Book Prize is free.
April 10, 2019.
The longlists will announced on June 10 and the shortlists on July 26.
The winners will be revealed in October 2019 as part of the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre.
Winners will be offered headline slots at future Polari events.
All entries must be submitted in print form. Where books exist only in e-book format, a bound printed copy will be accepted. E-books or PDFs will not be accepted.
All entries must be first published as a print edition in the United Kingdom or Ireland between 2 February 2018 and 1 February 2019, but may have been previously published outside the UK. Titles with simultaneous UK / US publications within this timeframe are eligible.
Self-published books are eligible for the Prize. Submission must include a covering letter explaining why the work was self-published.
Writers must either identify as LGBT+ or explore LGBT+ subjects, themes and characters in the work submitted. Books by LGBT+ writers writing in all genres are actively encouraged, whether they feature LGBT+ characters or not.
- Any eligible book that is entered for the Prize shall not qualify unless its publisher/author agrees:
- to provide a short bio and high resolution author photo for each book submitted – no later than May 31.
- c. to invite longlisted authors to the public shortlist event on July 26 at the Southbank Centre and shortlisted authors to the award ceremony at the London Literature Festival in October, also at the Southbank Centre (date TBC). Publishers/authors will be responsible for travel costs and will do their best to ensure attendance.
- that if an entered book should be longlisted, the publisher will obtain permission from the copyright holder and agree to broadcast, record and/or make available a downloadable audio and/or text file extract, to be used for publicity purposes on the website, mobile site and any other partner websites or platforms, and to inform the Society of Authors of the copyright credit to be used.
- that if an entered book should be shortlisted, the publisher will endeavour to facilitate recorded interviews/readings with the author to be used by the Polari Prize on either web or mobile platforms to promote the Prize.
- that if an entered book should be shortlisted, the publisher will do their best to ensure the author’s attendance at the Prize award ceremony.