Polari First Book Prize gains new sponsor

Polari - “London’s peerless gay literary salon” (The Independent on Sunday) - has announced a new sponsor for its annual Polari First Book Prize: Société Générale UK LGBT Network. The organisation will donate £1,000 prize money to this year's winner.

The longlist for the 2013 prize was revealed last night at the monthly Literary Salon, which began in 2007 and now takes place at London's Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £5 for tickets). The popularity of the salon means tickets usually sell out well in advance of events. Polari is the brainchild of author and journalist, Paul Burston, whose books include the critically-acclaimed novels ‘Shameless’ (2001), ‘Star People’ (2006), ‘Lovers & Losers’ (2007) and ‘The Gay Divorcee’ (2009).

The prize is for a first book which explores the LGBT experience. It is open to any work of poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction published in the UK in English within the 12 months of the deadline for submissions (this year Feb 1, 2013). Self-published works in both print and digital formats are eligible for submission.

“Lively, funny and inspiring – a gay-themed salon of interest to anyone remotely interested in literature, whatever their sexual bent. Paul Burston’s achievement in consistently bringing together writers and performers who will stimulate and inspire is remarkable” - Patrick Gale