awards & praise


  • Nominated for Best of the Net 2010
  • Finalist for the John Preston Short Fiction Award, 2010
  • First place in Anthology Builder’s Match-That-Cover Contest, 2009
  • Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2008
  • Recipient of the 2008 Rauxa Prize for Erotic Poetry
  • Awarded a residency at Soapstone Writers Retreat
  • Recipient of the C. Hamilton Bailey Poetry Fellowship from Literary Arts in 2004
  • Received the Utne Reader award for Best New Publication in 2002.

While I was the editor of Roast magazine, the publication:

  • Received nine American Society of Business Press Editors awards.
  • Was a finalist for five Maggie awards.
  • Was named Best New Educational Product 2004 by the Specialty Coffee Association of America


While several stories in this anthology touch on the emotional healing pets can bring, “What We Leave Behind” by Shanna Germain is absolutely stunning. Not only does she show the healing power of pets, but also sex. It is beautiful and sad and hopeful – a difficult combination to deliver, but Ms. Germain deftly crafted a winner.” ~”Animal Attraction,” Erotica Revealed.

“Perhaps the most challenging and even shocking story in this collection is “Seeing Stars” by Shanna Germain, an intense and graphic depiction of the practice of autoerotic asphyxia. The narrator is a medical professional who offers the service of making sure that her clients do not accidentally kill themselves by strangling, hanging, or suffocating themselves while masturbating. This story manages to be sensitive, erotic, non-judgemental, and deeply disturbing at the same time. A very impressive achievement.” ~“Triangulations: Taking Flight,” Future Fire

“The most exquisite and disturbing tale in the collection is Shanna Germain’s “Skin Deep”, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. In this version, Belle is as gorgeous as required but is also a cruel sadist who delights in torturing the gentle, refined Beast. Despite himself, the Beast hungers for her torments, although she repeatedly taunts him, threatening to  leave him to the nice young girl who will eventually fall into his clutches and turn him into a pretty, bland, boring Prince.” ~“Like a Thorn,” Lisabet Sarai, Erotica Readers and Writers Association.

My favorite tale from the anthology was “The Sun is an Ordinary Star,” where two lovers redefine their dominant and submissive roles in terms of the wife’s illness. The author, Shanna Germain, perfectly captures the theme of the dominant man’s desire to please his partner through her desire for roughness. Very sweet but extremely sexy all at once.”~“He’s on Top,” Jane’s Guide

“There’s a great line in this about the woman in the story drawing a man in, without meaning to, like the way that the sea calls to sailors. Just love that and it fits beautifully in this amazing, touching, evocative, provocative story. The ending was like diving into an icy ocean and the hair on my arms raised. Wow, two excellent tales in a row.” ~”Her Hair is a Net, Woven,” Fairy Tale Lust