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Polari First Book Prize 2012 longlist announced

The 2012 Polari First Book Prize longlist has been announced for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender works of literature.

The prize rewards exceptional first works – including poetry, non-fiction and fiction – about the LGBT experience.The list includes three self-published works, alongside others from established publishers.

The ten long listed books are:

* Rory’s Boys by Alan Clark (Bliss/Arcadia Books)
* Pennance by Claire Ashton (self published on Kindle)
* The Frost Fairs by John McCullogh (Salt)
* Becoming Nancy by Terry Ronald (Transworld)
* Exit Through The Wound by North Morgan (Limehouse Books)
* Body of Water by Stuart Wakefield (self published)
* Modern Love by Max Wallis (Flap)
* Ey Up and Away by Vicky Ryder (Wandering Star Press)
* Grrl Alex by Alex Drummond, (self published)
* Perking The Pansies by Jack Scott (Summertime Publishing)

Chair judge Paul Burston praised “the diversity of LGBT literary voices” apparent in the longlist. The shortlist will be announced in September with the winner receiving their award, which this year includes £1000, at Polari’s 5th Birthday celebrations on Monday 26th November.

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