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Once again, our selectors have proven themselves gifted at spotting the best new collections! Recommended in Autumn 2018 by the PBS for its raw, intimate, and powerful poetry, Andrew McMillan’s Playtime has been longlisted for the inaugural Polari Prize. Playtime is listed alongside David Tait’s The AQI and other accomplished collections. The longlist for The Polari First Book Prize was announced too, featuring Richard Scott's Soho and other exciting debut works.

Polari, an award-winning literary saloon, has ran its First Book prize annually since 2011. The competition explores LGBT+ experiences, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction, by writers born in the UK and Ireland. For 2019, they have added the second Polari Prize, open to writers at any stage of their publishing career (other than their debuts). Works must be by writers that identify as LGBT+ or must feature LGBT+ themes and characters.

When announcing the 24 writers, longlisted for both awards, Polari Founder, chair of judges and author Paul Burston said:

“At a time when reactionary forces are on the rise and political battles won many years ago are being fought all over again, books that tell the truth about who we really are serve a powerful purpose.”

“Together these longlists represent the very best in emerging and established LGBT literary talent today.”

The prizes’ shortlists will be announced on July 26th, while the winners will be announced at the London Literature Festival in October.

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