Gearing Up For The Green Carnation Finale

It’s all gearing up now as the winner of The Green Carnation Prize 2010 is finally (weirdly it seem like ages ago we started it and yet also only five minutes ago) announced! I am going to be busy nattering with the other lovely judges over the next 24 hours and hopefully we will all be aligned with our final choice… Though what we do if we aren’t goodness only knows! Any suggestions?

It’s been a joy to do this year, despite a little blip we don’t speak of, and I am very excited about next years which can only be bigger and better – in part as we have a good nine months to get a longlist rather than the frantic diligent one month we had this year! We’ve some announcements coming about judges for 2011, new rules and the like coming up in the next weeks and actually if you pop to the site ( then you can see the shortlisted authors getting a grilling or two!!!

Now I ummed and ahhhhed about this due to previous events but I do love your feed back and so wondered if you had any thoughts on what could be done in 2011 that would make the prize better for you all? We’ve some ideas but it’s always good to hear from you lovely lot for added inspiration?

Would you like more info on the longlisting process? More quotes and insights from all the judges? More info on the books? Forums? More, or indeed less, of anything else? We want it to be really interactive and an award you all love! Or you could let us know which is your favourite book award and why? Over to you…

Note:- you can now win a copy of The Green Carnation winning ‘Paperboy’ by Christopher Fowler if you leave a comment… it’s a competition open internationally so get suggesting and commenting!


November 29, 2010 · 12:37 pm

15 responses to “Gearing Up For The Green Carnation Finale

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  3. David McCord

    Congratulations on your inaugural award! I’m a fan of many literary prizes, but I’m not partial to whittling longlists into shortlists, etc. Seems to draw out the process. How about sticking to a 10-member longlist, then announcing a winner? I’d also like to hear from authors being nominated.

  4. André Murraças

    I absolutely loved London Tryptich. It´s heartbreaking to follow those three lives and the History of one of my beloved cities. Other that Kemp´s I´ve only read Rupert´s and thought it was very smart observation. Now I´m curious about this Paperboy.

    Cheers for the iniciative!
    Piece and love, André

  5. This is for the Paperboy giveaway! My choice would be this book.

    After The Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld (John Llewelyn Rhys Prize)

  6. I’m so excited to enter for this book!

    coffeeandabookchick at gmail dot com

    And — I think it would be absolutely so much fun to perhaps see some vlogs from the judges on what their thoughts are of the book, or even maybe a podcast of some sort? That would really be fascinating, not to mention it would be great to watch how the Green Carnation is going into its second year!

  7. Ooh – do enter me for the Paperboy giveawya – I was keen to read this when I read about it on the shortlist – my favourite prize is the Orange prize as it always introduces me to so many wonderful women authors.

  8. I really loved the prize and the process you went through for it Simon, I have to say. I really love the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize because it is so international and I find great books from different parts of the world. I think it would be great to see a little more of the reasons for why the longlist books made the longlist though? Once the shortlist was announced there were interviews that gave some idea of why those books which was interesting to read.

  9. First of all I wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed following this first year of the Green Carnation Prize. It’s been great to finally have a prize that celebrates gay writing and I’m sure it’s going to get bigger and bigger each year. Well done to everyone involved!

    And HUGE congratulations to Christopher Fowler. From everything I’ve read about it, ‘Paperboy’ sounds like a wonderful read and a well-deserved winner.

    This year I particularly enjoyed the interviews with the various authors and their discussion on the themes and writing process of their books. For this next year, perhaps readers could email in even more questions for the authors which the judges could then sift through and put to the authors. Alternatively, some sort of real-time web chat with the authors would be good too if at all possible.

  10. I do enjoy YA fiction and I can simultaneously research future reads for my children so it’s a win-win situation with the CILIP Carnegie Medal nominations. I’ve also enjoyed lots of Orange Prize for Fiction nominations. I’d agree that some podcasts, vlogs where nominated authors talk about inspiration for their novels, methods of work etc would be a welcome addition. I get most of my info re nominees from book blogs but perhaps more booksellers could get in on the act with marketing (not just the tv related ones!)

  11. My favourite is the Orange Prize, although I also like prizes that introduces new first-time writers. I’d love to hear a podcast or see a vlog of the judges as well as the authors discussing the shortlist for next year:)

  12. Bet

    Paperboy sounds like a wonderful read– please enter me in the draw. My favorite is the Orange prize. I always enjoy the short and long-listed books on that one.

  13. Curzon Tussaud

    I agree with Bet that the Orange seems more in touch with my tastes than the Booker! Long live the Green Carnation, and please enter me in the draw. Thanks.

  14. First of all, Congratulations to Mr. Fowler and to the Green Carnation Judges! Great job.

    My favorite literary prize might not exist anymore.

    I liked it because any country that touched the Pacific Ocean was eligible for it:

  15. Please enter me for the competition.

    My favorite prize is the Orange prize. I think its the fact that the competition focuses on female authors so the field isn’t too wide and also because the books nominated tend to be assessable to the casual reader. Some book prizes tend to pick highly literary books for their longlist that a lot of people then struggle to read. Obviously I’m not taking any merit from these books or authors but if you’re going to bring books to the public’s attention (which I think is one of the main aims of a book prize) then the books should be a good mix and contain books that most of the public can just pick up and read?

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