Free With Words Tutor Appointed Top Literary Prize Judge



Paul McVeigh has been announced as a judge in the new 2019 Polari Book Prize competition. Founded in 2011, the Polari Prize has been awarded annually to a writer whose debut book explores the LGBT+ experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction. The competition is open to writers born or resident in the UK and Ireland.


For 2019, the award-winning LGBT+ literary salon is adding a second prize. The Polari Book Prize will be awarded to a writer at any stage of their publishing career (other than debuts). Writers must identify as LGBT+ or the work must feature LGBT+ themes and characters.


For its inaugural year, the Polari Book Prize will be sponsored by D H H Literary Agency, with the winner receiving a cheque for £2,000. Along with Paul, judges for the new prize include critically-acclaimed author Bernardine Evaristo, CEO of the National Centre for Writing Chris Gribble, and award-winning author and comedian VG Lee. Paul is a former winner of the Polari First Book Prize for his novel, The Good Son.


Books for both prize must have been published in English by a writer born or resident in the UK and Ireland. Books must have been published in the 12 months up to February 1, 2019. Self-published works are eligible. Works should be submitted by the publisher, while self-published works should be submitted by the writer with a covering letter explaining why the book was self-published.


The deadline for submissions for both prizes is April 10, 2019 and there is a cost of £25 per submission. For further information, email founder of The Polari Salon, Paul Burston.

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