Polari First Book Prize

Genres / categories

Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 22/10/2019

The Prize is awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction.

Previous winners are –

2011 – AutoFellatio by James Maker

2012 – The Frost Fairs by John McCullough

2013 – The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah

2014 – Fairytales for Lost Children by Diriye Osman

2015 – The Rental Heart by Kirsty Logan

2016 – The Good Son by Paul McVeigh

2017 – Guapa by Saleem Haddad


The Polari First Book Prize 2018 shortlist is:

Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard – Alex Bertie (Wren & Rook)

Mussolini’s Island – Sarah Day (Tinder Press)

Pansy Boy – Paul Harfleet (Barbican)

Carnivore  – Jonathan Lyon (HQ)

Elmet – Fiona Mozley (John Murray)

Little Gold – Allie Rogers (Legend Press)

The 2019 winners were announced at the London Literature Festival on October 22nd as Angela Chadwick for dystopian thriller XX and Andrew McMillan for poetry collection Playtime.