Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé ‘s debut Young Adult novel Ace of Spades is on the longlist for the Polari Prize 2022 announced on Monday, July 25, 2022.

The Polari First Book Prize was established to celebrate new writing coming with a focus on LGBTIQ issues by writers born or based in the UK and Ireland by Paul Burton in 2011. It borrows from the term “Polari” a term in the gay subculture in that part of the world. Previous winners of the prize include Angela Chadwick, Fiona Mozley, Saleem Haddad, Paul McVeigh, Kirsty Logan, Diriye Osman, John McCullough, Mari Hannah, and James Maker. In 2019, the prize expanded to the Polaris Book Prize open to writers at any stage of their career (except debuts).

The longlists for this year’s award were revealed yesterday with the introduction of a new award for Children’s and YA literature. There was only one writer of African in the three categories with Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Usborne) in the new category.

Polari Children’s and YA longlist, chair of the judges Jodie Lancet-Grant said: “It was a total delight to read so many brilliant, joyous and uplifting queer books for children and young people. It is so important that all children see themselves and their families reflected in the stories they read and how lucky we are that so many talented authors and illustrators are helping us do just that.”

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is the New York Times international bestselling, and award-winning author of Ace of Spades. She is a graduate of a university in the Scottish Highlands where she studied English Literature.

The Polari Prize for Children’s and YA Books shortlist will be announced on September 10.