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I have been dancing and twirling and whirling and doing the craziest of crazy movements all day. Why, you ask? Because I just found out some fantastic news: My short story, which appeared in “Like a Thorn,” is a finalist for the John Preston Short Fiction Award, offered by the National Leather Association! I can hardly believe it — and I can hardly hold still.

Congrats to ALL of the finalists, and a special kudos and thank you to Cecilia Tan and Circlet Press. Not only did they make this all possible by publishing “Like A Thorn,” but they topped the finalist list with two story nods AND an anthology nod. Way to go!

Now, I do believe a celebration drink is in order. Something strong and dark and decadent.

Kiss kiss bang bang, s.

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FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR NLA-I WRITING AWARDS

(Columbus, OH) — National Leather Association: International (NLA-I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather/fetish community, announced today the finalists for its recently created writing awards. Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing and publishing about leather, SM, bondage and fetishes.

The finalists for the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award are:

Gloria Brame, “Transformation and Transcendence in BDSM,” which appeared in Filthy Gorgeous Things, July 2009, “Force” issue. Available at: http://filthygorgeousthings.com/

E.R. Chaline, “Contemporary Gay BDSM in the UK,” which appeared in Skin Two (2009).

Jeff Mann, “How to be a Country Leather Bear,” from Richard Labonté and Lawrence Schimel (eds.), Second Person Queer: Who You Are (So Far). (Arsenal Pulp Press).

Jack Rinella, “Juggling,” which appeared in LeatherViews

Sarah Sloane, “The Biochemistry of BDSM,” which appeared in Sexis. Available at: http://www.edenfantasys.com/sexis/sex/bdsm-biochemistry-110492/

The finalists for the Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award are:

Lee Harrington, Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM and Beyond (lulu.com)

david stein, Ask the Man Who Owns Him: The Real Lives of Gay Masters and slaves (Perfectbound Press)

Two Knotty Boys, Two Knotty Boys Back on the Ropes (Green Candy)

The finalists for the Pauline Reage Novel Award are:

Melinda Barron, Graceful Submission (Loose Id)

James, Buchanan, Hard Fall (MLR Press)

Alex Ironrod, Obsession (Nazca Plains)

Claire Thompson, Submission Times Two (Romance Unbound)

The finalists for the John Preston Short Fiction Award are:

Kieran Wyn DeWhurst, “The Last Mistress of the Chatelaine,” in Cecilia Tan and Sarah Desautels (eds.), Like a Thorn: An Anthology of BDSM Fairy Tales (Circlet Press)

Jack Fritscher, “Goodbye Saigon,” in Phillip Mackenzie, Jr. (ed.), Special Forces: Gay Military Erotica (Cleis Press)

Shanna Germain, “Second Skin,” in Cecilia Tan and Sarah Desautels (eds.), Like a Thorn: An Anthology of BDSM Fairy Tales (Circlet Press)

Jeff Mann, “Lost River,” in Richard Labonté (ed.), Daddies: Gay Erotic Stories (Cleis Press)

Xan West, “Missing Daddy,” in Richard Labonté (ed.), Daddies: Gay Erotic Stories (Cleis Press)

The finalists for the Samois Anthology Award are:

Cecilia Tan and Sarah Desautels (eds.), Like a Thorn: An Anthology of BDSM Fairy Tales (Circlet Press)

Rachel Kramer Bussel (ed.), Bottoms Up: Spanking Good Stories (Cleis Press)

The winners will be announced at the NLA-I’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held during Tribal Fire in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (April 30 – May 2 2010). Please contact the award committee chair, Steve Vakesh, for more information about the awards at stevevakesh@gmail.com. For more information about Tribal Fire, the National Leather Association, and the NLA-I’s meeting on Sunday morning, see: http://www.tribalfireokc.com/ and http://www.nla-i.com

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PS — Awesome BDSM picture by Natisha.

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