he annual Dangerous Intercourse In Fiction Award has been cancelled with organisers saying folks have suffered sufficient in 2020.
The tongue-in-cheek prize, arrange in 1993 by the Literary Evaluate, normally honours poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in fashionable fiction.
Final 12 months it was received by two writers – French creator Didier Decoin and John Harvey, a fellow at Emmanuel Faculty, Cambridge – after the judges struggled to choose only one winner.
However in a press release on its web site, the Literary Evaluate mentioned the choice to cancel the 2020 occasion had been made after “weeks of deliberation”.
It mentioned the judges felt “the general public had been subjected to too many dangerous issues this 12 months to justify exposing it to dangerous intercourse as properly”.
Nevertheless, it warned that the cancellation “shouldn’t be taken as a licence to write down dangerous intercourse”.
A spokesperson for the judges mentioned: “With lockdown laws giving rise to all method of novel sexual practices, the judges anticipate a rash of entries subsequent 12 months.
“Authors are reminded that cybersex and different types of house leisure fall throughout the purview of this award.
“Scenes set in fields, parks or backyards, or indoors with the home windows open and fewer than six folks current won’t be exempt from scrutiny both.”
The prize was first received by creator and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg in 1993 for a scene in his novel – A Time To Dance.