University of Birmingham Creative Writing lecturer Dr Richard House has been shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize 2013 with his novel The Kills.


The Green Carnation Prize is a literary prize for any form of the written word by an LGBT writer. With subjects from the abolition of death in Civil War 1836 to dysfunctional families in modern America; from marital breakdowns to crime and conspiracy over continents; from transvestites in London to tolerance in modern times, this year’s Green Carnation Prize shortlist has shown once again just what diverse list of titles the prize can produce.

Chair of the judges for 2013, Uli Lenart of Gays the Word, said “The Green Carnation Prize 2013 Shortlist scintillates, satisfies and inspires. The judging panel felt it was these six books that most thoroughly fulfilled our criteria of originality, excellence, readability and resonance.”

In his piece for the Guardian, Simon Savidge wrote "What the Green Carnation prize stands for is diversity - and that is why we need awards like it."

The Kills is a digital first - a novel in four parts, all released at first as enhanced e-books which contain rich audio, visual and web content created by Dr House to support and extend the text- based narrative. The physical book was released in July 2013.