The Polari Prize 2023 Winners

It is our great pleasure to confirm Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield as the winner of the 2023 Polari Book Prize and The Whale Tattoo by Jon Ransom as the winner of the 2023 Polari First Book Prize.

The Polari Prize is the UK’s first and largest LGBTQ+ book award. Established to promote writing that explores the LGBTQ+ experience, Polari also focuses on amplifying diverse voices through a series of literary events, including the regularly touring Polari Salon.

The Polari Book Prize

Imbued with the same beautifully evoked strangeness and yearning as her short story collection Salt Slow, Armfield's debut novel finds the relationship between two women transformed by a deep dive onto a mysterious underwater vessel.

 

Our Wives Under the Sea opens up what we believe is possible from queer writing. It is a strange, speculative, poetic and thrilling novel – a heart turner as much as a page turner.’

Joelle Taylor, Polari Book Prize Judge

The Polari Book Prize 2023 Shortlist

Our Wives Under The Sea
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All Down Darkness Wide
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Here Again Now
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£9.99
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Fire Island
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£10.99
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Young Mungo
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£9.99
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The Schoolhouse
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£9.99
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The Polari Book Prize 2023 Longlist

Our Wives Under The Sea
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Mother's Boy
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£10.99
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Young Mungo
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£9.99
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All Down Darkness Wide
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Fire Island
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£10.99
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Here Again Now
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£9.99
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Cells
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£9.99
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Other People Manage
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The Schoolhouse
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£9.99
Paperback
Roam
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£10.99
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Rookie
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£12.99
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ScreenAge
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£20.00
Hardback

The Polari First Book Prize

Beautiful, brutal and incredibly assured, Ransom's stunning debut follows Joe's uneasy return to a town awash with unbearable memories, as he renegotiates his place among those he left behind.

 

'Jon Ransom’s novel is suffused with salt air and gay longing. It transported me to a life that is not my own, and yet one where I recognised myself, too.'

Adam Zmith, Polari First Book Prize Judge

The Polari Book Prize 2023 Shortlist

None of the Above
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Rising of the Black Sheep
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The New Life
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A Visible Man
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£10.99
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Love from the Pink Palace
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The Whale Tattoo
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£8.99
Paperback

The Polari First Book Prize 2023 Longlist

A Visible Man
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£10.99
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None of the Above
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Is This Love?
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£8.99
Paperback
No Country for Girls
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Love from the Pink Palace
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The Whale Tattoo
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£8.99
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Orpheus Builds A Girl
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Whatever Happened To Queer Happiness?
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The New Life
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£16.99
Hardback
In Her Jaws
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£8.99
Paperback
Some Integrity
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£11.99
Paperback
Rising of the Black Sheep
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Previous Winners

No Modernism Without Lesbians
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A Dutiful Boy
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In at the Deep End
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Life as a Unicorn
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playtime
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£12.00
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XX
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XX
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Elmet
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£9.99
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Guapa
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£8.99
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The Good Son
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£8.99
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The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales
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Fairytales for Lost Children
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The Murder Wall
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£9.99
Paperback
Autofellatio
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£9.99
Paperback

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