NLA Award!



(Columbus, OH) — National Leather Association: International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community, announced the winners, for works published in 2011, of its annual awards for excellence in SM/leather/fetish writing at its Annual General Meeting at Tribal Fire in OklahomaCity, OK on May 6, 2012. The judges received a record number of nominations this year, and voting in most categories was quite close.

The winner of the John Preston Short Fiction Award is Laura Antoniou for The Man with the Phoenix Tattoo,” which appeared in Tristan Taormino (ed.), Take Me There.

The honorable mention for short story went to Jeff Mann for “Jeff and Sam: After the Concert,” which appeared in Shane Allison (ed.), Brief Encounters: 69 Hot Gay Shorts.

The winner of the Samois Anthology Award is Rachel Kramer Bussel, Surrender: Erotic Tales of Female Pleasure and Submission (Cleis). The honorable mention also went toRachel Kramer Bussel for Best Bondage Erotic2012 (Cleis), which reprinted a number of great bondage stories.

The winner of the Pauline Reage Novel Award is Jeff Mann for his first novel, Fog: A Novel of Desire and Reprisal (Bear Bones Books). The honorable mention went to Cecilia Tan for The Prince’s Boy: Volumes 1 & 2 (Circlet).

The winner of the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award is Mollena Williams for “Tables Briefly Turned, ” which appeared in her blog at: The honorable mention went to Jack Fritscher for “Leather’s Burning Man: The History of the Folsom Street Fair, which appeared in the Bay Area Reporter.

Nominations for the works published in 2012 will open later this year.


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  1. Kissiah Aiken on May 9, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    It was a wonderful article! Not all nominations are a pleasure to read, this one was! A well deserved win!

  2. Regis on May 12, 2012 at 6:49 AM

    Fuck yeah! Congrats.