Since 1993, British magazine Literary Review has presented a cringe-worthy annual prize called the Bad Sex in Fiction Award. The dubious honor is granted to the author that the publication believes penned the year’s worst sex scene in a novel.
Potential for hilarity aside, the award’s objective is to "to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it." In short, Literary Review is trying to shame writers into formulating better erotic prose—or to leave it out of their works all together.
Even talented authors aren’t immune to the award’s pointed criticism. Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer have been past recipients, and this year’s trophy might go to Erica Jong or 2015 National Book Award finalist Lauren Groff. Other notable nominees include British musician Morrissey and Aleksandar Hemon, who won a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004.
Check out the full list over at The Guardian, and try not to laugh—or cringe—too much at their not-safe-for-work round-up of the writers' provocative prose. As for the award itself, the BBC reports that it will be presented in an oh-so-punny fashion at London's In and Out Club on December 1.
[h/t The Guardian]