I am incredibly honored to have won two 2019 NLA writing awards. It means so much to me to have my work recognized and valued by leather community in this way.
My story “Trying Submission” from the anthology Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Vol 3, just won the National Leather Association John Preston Short Fiction Award, alongside stories by Sinclair Sexsmith and Nicole Field, and an honorable mention to Kiki DeLovely! The collection was edited by Sacchi Green and published by Cleis Press; you can purchase it here. I wrote about D/s in “Trying Submission” on this site, with a focus on service based submission.
My essay “Why I Care About Depicting Survivors of Abusive BDSM Continuing to Do Kink” which was posted on this site, just won the National Leather Association Cynthia Slater Non-Fiction Article Award! Sinclair Sexsmith won an honorable mention in this category.
In addition, an anthology I have a story in, The Big Book of Submission Vol 2, ed by Rachel Kramer Bussel and published by Cleis Press just won the National Leather Association Samois Anthology Award! You can purchase it here. My story in the collection is “Building Something New” and I wrote about it here.
Congratulations to all the winners & honorable mentions! Full results can be found here.
I am especially glad that Possibilities and From the Same Star by Nicole Field have won awards, as I love both of these books to pieces. Both of these books are now available at Gumroad, now that Less Than Three Press (the initial publisher) has closed. From the Same Star is an f/f contemporary D/s romance novel with an ace dominant. Possibilities is a fantasy romance novelette between a trans man king and his genderfluid service jester.
I am thrilled beyond measure that my work is being honored alongside leather queers I so deeply respect. I am especially excited that my story centering an autistic queer woman trying submission for the first time has been honored in this way. It means the world to me as an autistic writer and leather queer.