Anneliese Mackintosh has been announced as the winner of the Green Carnation Prize 2014 – which celebrates LGBTI writing in any form.
The Manchester-based talent won the award for her book Any Other Mouth; a part-novel, part-memoir, part-short story collection.
Other nominees for the prize, sponsored by Foyles, included Laurie Penny for her manifesto Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution and Kerry Hudson’s novel Thirst.
Speaking to Gay Star News after her win, Mackintosh said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to have won the Green Carnation Prize. I’ve seen the award grow over the past couple of years and it is an honour to be this year’s winner. The fact that this is an award for LGBT writers particularly resonates for me, as the book contains some of the first pieces I’ve ever written in reference to my sexuality.
‘Any Other Mouth is a book about love, happiness and hope, but it is also a book about trauma, struggle and heartbreak, and I feel honoured to have won an award that helps nurture and celebrate a whole spectrum of different – and sometimes complex – sexualities and backgrounds.’
She added: ‘I think it’s wonderful that Foyles have become partners for the award this year. Simon Savidge has done an amazing job developing the award, and now with Foyles’ partnership, recognition for the award will be even stronger.’