The Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Awards

27 Jan

I found out about these awards reading an article in a magazine which I will post about soon. Did anyone else know that this is a thing? I think it’s hilarious and if you have time, please scourge the internet looking for clips from the latest and past winners.

The award has been handed out annually since 1993. It’s purpose is “to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it.” Perfect!

I’ve never read a book by any of the winners (thankfully?) but I can only imagine this award does boost their sales. You can view a list here.

Reader, have you ever read any of these books? Was the description really as cringe worthy as the award implies?  Let me know!

Until next time, write on.

One Response to “The Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Awards”


  1. Magazine Gold: Jan and Feb | Taking on a World of Words - January 28, 2014

    […] whose book The Tilted World I read a few months ago. It was in this article that I heard about the Bad Sex in Fiction Award that I posted about yesterday. Fennelly muses over the lack of a good medium between badly written […]


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