The Green Carnation Prize is a literary prize for any form of the written word by an LGBT writer. The prize got off to a great start in 2010 as the first award that celebrated the best fiction and memoirs by gay men. It provoked debate, produced an intriguing shortlist and chose a worthy winner in Christopher Fowler’s ‘Paperboy’. In 2011 it was followed by Catherine Hall’s ‘The Proof of Love’ in 2011 when the prize opened itself to any LGBT author worldwide. It was won by joint winners Patrick Gale, with ‘A Perfectly Good Man’, and Andre Carl Van Der Merwe with ‘Moffie’.
The Green Carnation Prize was born in late July 2010 when the literary award season kicked off and author Paul Magrs tweeted about the “scandalous lack of prizes for gay men” in the UK. Journalist and blogger Simon Savidge saw this and then contacted Paul about making an actual prize for gay men’s writing together. From there a team of judges (including fellow co-founder Nick Campbell, author Lesley Cookman and actress Katy Manning) was formed and a prize was born. The prize is named after the green carnation historically sometimes worn as an emblem of homosexuality and is a tribute to Oscar Wilde who often carried one on his lapel. The prize last year opened its submission criteria to include all LGBT writers, this year it will be opening its submission criteria even further including all ‘works of translation’.
The Green Carnation Prize in 2013
The Green Carnation Prize will be seeking submissions once more from all UK publishers as of Monday the 25th of February 2013. The panel of judges has been chosen and confirmed and will be announced on the same day, it’s a corking line up.