Bad Sex in Fiction 2015

Every year I post about this “contest” held by the Literary Review. Well, it’s not a contest any author chooses to enter or wants to win, but it’s very entertaining.

Each year since 1993, the Bad Sex in Fiction Award has honoured an author who has produced an outstandingly bad scene of sexual description in an otherwise good novel. The purpose of the prize is to draw attention to poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction, and to discourage them. The prize is not intended to cover pornographic or expressly erotic literature.

The winner will be announced December 1. The nominees, have you read any of these? You can find excerpts of the sex scenes at, if you want hysterical reading. I couldn’t resist quoting a few.

Before, During, After by Richard Bausch

Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen

“Her mouth was intensely ovoid, an almond mouth, of citrus crescents. And under that sling, her breasts were like young fawns, sheep frolicking in hyssop”

Against Nature by Tomas Espedal

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

The Making of Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon

Fear of Dying by Erica Jong

List of the Lost by Morrissey

“At this, Eliza and Ezra rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza’s breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra’s howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it whacked and smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza’s body except for the otherwise central zone.”

The Martini Shot by George Pelecanos


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