ravenna_c_tan: (slytherclaw)

Did you all see that the winners of the NLA Writing Awards were released? These annual awards celebrate the best in BDSM-positive writing and publishing, in both fiction and nonfiction categories. As a member of the awards committee I’ve been involved with these awards for several years and this year had a bumper crop of books!

To quote from the press release that came from NLA: International:

National Leather Association: International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community, announced the winners for excellence in literary works in SM/leather/fetish writing published in 2016. The judges received a great number of nominations this year and judging in most categories was quite difficult with such exemplary pieces of writing.

Winner of the Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Book Award is Peter Tupper and David Stein (ed.) for Our Lives, Our History (Perfectbound Press). Honorable mention in this category goes to David Wade for “Vanilla Breaks” (Xcite Books), Richard Levine for “Jolted Awake” (Alfred Press in cooperation with Lulu Enterprises, Inc.) and to Slavemaster and slave 7 “Beyond Obedience” (Createspace).

In the John Preston Short Fiction category, the winner is D.L. King for “Cupcakes and Steel” from the anthology For The Men and The Women Who Love Them (ed.) Rose Caraway (Stupid Fish Productions). Honorable mention for short story goes to Caraway Carter for “7 With 1 Blow” (Beaten Track Publishing) and Ferrett Steinmetz for “Rooms Formed Of Neurons and Sex” which appears in Uncanny Magazine.

The winner of the Pauline Reage Novel category winner is Angela Hamm for The Gambler’s Lady (Blushing Books). Honorable mention in this category goes to Amelia C. Gromley for Risk Aware (Riptide Publishing), Scott Alexander Hess for Skyscraper (Unzipped Books, an imprint of Lethe Press) and Jade A. Waters for The Assignment (Carina Press)

The winner of the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award is Erica Mena for “(K)ink #5 – Writing While Deviant” which appeared on January 26, 2016 on TheRumpus.net. Honorable Mention in this category goes to Jack Fritscher for “He Was A Sexual Outlaw: My Love Affair With Robert Mapplethorpe” which appeared March 9, 2016 in The Guardian.

There is no winner of the Samois Anthology Award as there were no submissions this year.

Congratulations to all the winners! Writers, publishers, the NLA starts taking nominations for judging in September and the deadline is typically December 31st annually for books published in the calendar year. Contact awards@nla-international.com for more details.

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ravenna_c_tan: (slytherclaw)

I thought I would pass along the latest call for nominations for books, articles, and stories published in calendar year 2016! NLA: International is a pansexual leather/SM/fetish community organization with chapters in many cities.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Nominations may be sent to the contact email at awards@nla-international.com

(Columbus, OH) — NLA-International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual leather community, is now accepting nominations for its annual writing awards for excellence in SM/Leather/Fetish writing for books, articles, novels and short fiction, which were first published between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016. The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2017. The finalists will be announced in March 2017. The winners will be announced at the National Leather Association’s Annual General Meeting. The five award categories are:

Non-Fiction Book (Geoff Mains Award)
Non-Fiction Article (Cynthia Slater Award)
Novel (Pauline Reage Award)
Short Fiction (John Preston Award)
Anthology (Samois Award)

Eligibility for all awards (short fiction, novel, non-fiction book, non-fiction article and anthology) requires first time publication of writing in the 2016 calendar year.

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ravenna_c_tan: (slytherclaw)

This past weekend the National Leather Association held its annual meeting of general membership at the Beyond Vanilla conference in Dallas. The winners of this year’s NLA Writing Awards were announced there!

I am a former winner of the NLA Lifetime Achievement award (2004), and my novel The Prince’s Boy was given Honorable Mention in the NLA Writing Awards. I have been serving as a judge in non-fiction for the awards ever since. We had some truly amazing and creative books in non-fiction this year: one of the most disparate and varied slates we’ve ever had. It was very difficult to judge some works against each other: it wasn’t even apples versus oranges, it was more like apples versus bicycles versus mailboxes. It’s wonderful to see so much publishing and writing on BDSM flourishing these days.

nla_awards_nonfic(Dallas, TX) — Here’s the official press release:

September 27, 2014: For Immediate Release

National Leather Association: International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community, announced the winners for excellence in literary works in SM/leather/fetish writing published in 2013 at its Annual General Meeting in Dallas, TX September 26-28, 2014 and held during Beyond Vanilla. The judges received a greater number of nominations this year than ever before and judging in most categories was quite difficult with such exemplary pieces of writing.

With so many wonderful works coming in decisions were very difficult for the judges so there was a tie in the Non-Fiction Book category. Winners of the Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Book Award are John Huxley for The Artisan’s Book of Fetishcraft: Patterns and Instructions for Creating Professional Fetishwear, Restraints and Sensory Equipment (Greenery Press) and F.R.R. Mallory for The Kinky Feminist (self-published). Honorable mention in this category goes to Thom Magister for Biker Bar: Bikes, Beer, and Boys: A Playful Look at the Roots of the Leather Bar (Perfectbound Press)

nla_awards_covers_fictionIn the John Preston Short Fiction category, the winner is Peter Masters for “Imperfect Journeys” (self-published). Honorable mention for short story goes to D. L. King for “Mr. Smith, Ms. Jones Will See You Now” from the anthology Ageless Erotica, ed. Joan Price.

Winner of the Samois Anthology Award is Laura Antoniou (ed.), No Safewords (Circlet Press). Honorable mention goes to Sassafras Lowrey (ed.), for Leather Ever After: An Anthology of Kinky Fairy Tales (Ravenous Publications)

Pauline Reage Novel category winner is Laura Antoniou for The Killer Wore Leather (Cleis Press). The judges had were unable to select only one runner up so there was a tie for Honorable Mention in this category. Honorable Mentions go to Chris Bellows for The Blacksmith’s Daughter (Pink Flamingo Publications) and to Elizabeth Schechter for House of Sable Locks (Circlet Press)

The winner of the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award is I.G. Fredrick for “What Some Women Tops and Bottoms Have in Common” which appeared on October 12 in BDSM Book Reviews (www.bdsmbookreviews.com). Honorable Mention in this category goes to Janet Hardy for “My Tantric “Awakening” Turned Me Off Sex” which appeared March 15 in Salon (www.salon.com)

Nominations for literary works published in 2014 will open later this year. If you have any questions please direct them to the committee chair at nlai.awards @ gmail.com.

Mirrored from blog.ceciliatan.com.

ravenna_c_tan: (slytherclaw)

As a past winner and a multiple time judge of the following, I thought I’d share the press release with everyone from NLA International about the current round of writing awards, for books, stories, and articles published in 2013. The deadline for nominations is January 31st 2014, and the awards are usually given out at Tribal Fire or another NLA-hosted leather/BDSM conference. Here’s the official announcement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Nominations may be sent to the contact email at nlai.awards@gmail.com

(Columbus, OH) — NLA-International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual leather community, is now accepting nominations for its annual writing awards for excellence in SM/leather/fetish writing for books, articles, novels, and short fiction first published between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013. The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2014. The finalists will be announced in March. The winners will be announced at the National Leather Association’s Annual General Meeting. The five award categories are:

Non-Fiction Book (Geoff Mains Award)
Non-Fiction Article (Cynthia Slater Award)
Novel (Pauline Reage Award)
Short Fiction (John Preston Award)
Anthology (Samois Award)

Eligibility for all awards (short fiction, novel, non-fiction book, non-fiction article, and anthology) requires first time publication of writing in the 2013 calendar year. If you or someone you know has published a book, article, or story dealing with any aspect of SM, leather, fetish, or kink sexuality please consider nominating it for one of the above awards.

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