The Literary Assessment has cancelled its Dangerous Intercourse in Fiction Award for 2020 as a result of “the general public had been subjected to too many dangerous issues this yr to justify exposing it to dangerous intercourse as properly,” in line with the organizers. From The Guardian:
The prize was arrange in 1993 by Auberon Waugh, with the intention of “gently dissuading authors and publishers from together with unconvincing, perfunctory, embarrassing or redundant passages of a sexual nature in in any other case sound literary novels”. Last year it was jointly won by Didier Decoin for The Workplace of Gardens and Ponds, which included the passage: “Miyuki felt as if she was manipulating a small monkey that was curling up its paws”, and John Harvey for Pax, wherein the characters “embraced as if with violent holding they may weld the 2 of them one”[…]
However the judges warned authors to not take the cancellation as a “licence to write down dangerous intercourse”.
“With lockdown laws giving rise to all method of novel sexual practices, the judges anticipate a rash of entries subsequent yr,” stated a spokesperson. “Authors are reminded that cybersex and different types of residence leisure fall inside the purview of this award. Scenes set in fields, parks or again yards, or indoors with the home windows open and fewer than six folks current won’t be exempt from scrutiny.”