National Leather Association: International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community, announced the winners for excellence in literary works in SM/leather/fetish writing published in 2012 at its Annual General Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK on May 3-5, 2013 and held during Tribal Fire. The judges received a greater number of nominations this year than ever before and judging in most categories was quite difficult with such exemplary pieces of writing..

Winners of the Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award are Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams for Playing Well With Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities. Honorable mention in this category goes to Tristan Taormino (ed.) for The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge.

In the John Preston Short Fiction category, the winner is Annie Cox for Muriel (Pink Flamingo Press). Honorable mention for short story goes to I.G. Frederick & Patrick for “Aunt” Grace (Smashwords Edition).

Winner of the Samois Anthology Award is Elizabeth Coldwell (ed.), LIPSTICK LOVERS (Xcite Books). The honorable mention goes to Wes Royal (ed.), for Whatever Lola Wants (and Other Wicked Tales) (FDC Publication).

Victorious in the Pauline Reage Novel category is L. M. Somerton for The Portrait (Total-E-Bound). The judges were unable to concur on second place honors this year with 27 novels submitted for consideration. Honorable mentions therefore go to The Masters of Falcon’s Fantasies by Cassidy Browning & Reggie Alexander (Siren Publishing), Power Exchange by A. J. Rose (Voodoo Lily Press), Eve Portrait of Submission by Steve Maser (Pink Flamingo Publications), Beyond the Edge by Elizabeth Lister (MLR Press) and A Forbidden Love by Lee Dorsey (Pink Flamingo Publications).

The winner of the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award for the second year in a row is Mollena Williams, this time for On Collars And Closure and Owning Myself which appeared in her blog The Perverted Negress at http://www.mollena.com/. Ms. Williams also earned second place in this category for Digging in the Dirt – The Lure of Taboo Role Play, which appeared in Tristan Taormino’s (ed.) The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge (Cleis Press).

Nominations for literary works published in 2013 will open late this year.