Greetings from Sweden…where I’m in bed having my ass kicked by my very first ever combo sinus-throat-ear infection. Sinus and throat infections I’ve had before but the ear thing is new and I had no idea how awful they can be. Add to that I’m in a beautiful country with awesome, kinky folks who have phased out the use of antibiotics unless, you know, you’ve been stabbed with a knife made of pus, and who do not sell ANYTHING that resembles real pain relieving drugs and you can imagine the agony of the last 4 days.
It doesn’t help to relieve the pain but it is pretty cool to see that results of the National Leather Association International 2013 have hit the streets!
I personally had three pieces I’d written make it to the finalist round, and I amÂ SOhumbled and honored to share that I did win the Cynthia Slater Non-Fiction Article AwardÂ (AND the honorable mention. !!!)Â for my work.
You can readÂ Collars & Closure & Owning Myself.
And the book that Lee and I worked so hard to create and share, also won! The 2013 Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award went to â€œPlaying Well With Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities.â€ In an excellent moment of win, the Honorable Mention in this category which was to the book Tristan edited,Â The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge
in which two of my finalist essays appear, so I feel like I can raise the roof a little on that one, too.
The full list of winners are below…congrats and kudos toÂ EVERYONEÂ who participated!
NLA-I AWards 2012 Winners.
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 2012 at its Annual General Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK on May 3-5, 2013 and held during Tribal Fire. 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.
Winners of the Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award are Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams for â€œPlaying Well With Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities.â€ Honorable mention in this category goes to Tristan Taormino (ed.) for â€œThe Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge.â€
In the John Preston Short Fiction category, the winner is Annie Cox for “Muriel” (Pink Flamingo Press). Honorable mention for short story goes to I.G. Frederick & Patrick for “â€œAuntâ€ Grace” (Smashwords Edition).
Winner of the Samois Anthology Award is Elizabeth Coldwell (ed.), “LIPSTICK LOVERS” (Xcite Books). The honorable mention goes to Wes Royal (ed.), for “Whatever Lola Wants (and Other Wicked Tales)” (FDC Publication).
Victorious in the Pauline Reage Novel category is L. M. Somerton for “The Portrait’ (Total-E-Bound). The judges were unable to concur on second place honors this year with 27 novels submitted for consideration. Honorable mentions therefore go to The Masters of Falcon’s Fantasies by Cassidy Browning & Reggie Alexander (Siren Publishing), Power Exchange by A. J. Rose (Voodoo Lily Press), Eve Portrait of Submission by Steve Maser (Pink Flamingo Publications), Beyond the Edge by Elizabeth Lister (MLR Press) and A Forbidden Love by Lee Dorsey (Pink Flamingo Publications).
The winner of the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award for the second year in a row is Mollena Williams, this time for “On Collars And Closure and Owning Myself” which appeared in her blog The Perverted Negress atÂ mollena.com. Ms. Williams also earned second place in this category for “Digging in the Dirt – The Lure of Taboo Role Playâ€, which appeared in Tristan Taorminoâ€™s (ed.) â€œThe Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edgeâ€ (Cleis Press).
Nominations for literary works published in 2013 will open late this year.
Congratulations to all who won and thank you to all who entered!