Literary Review Bad Sex Award Shortlist 2012

The purpose of the prize is to draw attention to the crude, badly written, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it.  The prize is not intended to cover pornographic or expressly erotic literature.

Finally, the shortlist for the 2012 Literary Review Bad Sex Award is out and you can find the Literary Review’s announcement here.  They are/have been tweeting snippets from the shortlisted novels and you can find those on twitter here, @lit_review.  In brief, the shortlist is as follows:

  • The Yips by Nicola Barker
  • The Adventuress by Nicholas Coleridge
  • Infrared by Nancy Huston
  • Rare Earth by Paul Mason
  • Noughties by Ben Masters
  • The Quiddity of Will Self by Sam Mills
  • The Divine Comedy by Craig Raine
  • Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe

Both the Guardian and the Huffington Post have provided excerpts if you fancy a laugh.  And in the FT you can read about the process for selection here.

At It’s a crime! we enjoy being entertained by this award every year, but 2012 sees a new development: we actually made a submission this year.  Sadly – but not for the author, perhaps – our submission did not make the shortlist.

The winner will be announced on 4 December.