Second Annual BDSM Book Contest
Contest now closed. Finalists to be announced June 1, 2015
We are working with several publishers again this year including Totally Bound, Riverdale Avenue Books and The Wild Rose Press to provide you with an opportunity to have your BDSM book published as the winner of this BDSM book contest receive an actual Book Contract from one of our participating publishers. This is a great opportunity for new authors to obtain their first book contract and established authors to try a new line or enhance the one they already have.
Our BDSM Book Contest is open to both published and unpublished authors in any genre including LGBT, romance, horror, steampunk, mainstream, paranormal, etc.
Our BDSM Book Contest categories are as follows:
Dominant men – submissive women
Dominant women—submissive men
LGBTQ – Dominance & submission
Non-fiction books on Dominance & submission
Submission specifics: Electronic submissions only. Complete manuscripts required. Word count from 35,000 to 75,000. Novellas, Chick lits or full length novel accepted in any genre (LGBT, romance, horror, steampunk, etc.) Light, medium and dark side of BDSM and D/s relationships are welcomed. Novice and aspiring authors are encouraged to enter! Contest is FREE.
Submissions are accepted through May 1, 2015. The publishers & BDSM Writers Con, Inc. reserve the right to reject any submission if the story does not fit our criteria or is poorly written. Finalist will be announced by June 1. Winners will be announced
August 20, during the BDSM Writers Con Award Ceremony.
Scoring for the contest: There are five main categories valued at 10 points each for a total of 50-points: • BDSM content • Realistic portrayal of BDSM characters & scenes • Erotic content • Story line – Plot timing • Characters likability
The intent of the BDSM Writers Con is to help expand knowledge of what BDSM is and isn’t for writers AND readers, and the intent of this contest is to support that goal. Therefore, it is important that contestants avoid the pitfalls that often occur in unrealistic BDSM writing.
Here are some examples:
Dominant women are all portrayed as a ProDom. While yes, some Dominant women are ProDommes, your typical Dominant women is not. They are doctors, lawyers, secretaries, store clerks, stay-at-home moms, etc.
The Dominant woman (or man) switches or becomes submissive to their submissive somewhere along the story merely to drive the plot, unsupported by character development or because there is a justifiable or believable reason for someone of the orientation to switch.
The Dominant or submissive is only into BDSM because they’ve had past childhood trauma or suffer from PTSD. Once they are “healed” (through finding their “true love” or other reasons) they shed their desire for dominance and submission. While a Dominant or submissive suffering from these issues can utilize BDSM as a coping/healing mechanism, in good BDSM stories, there is usually an actual D/s orientation to the person that is not “evaporated” by progress, as if the BDSM orientation was merely a symptom of some disease/syndrome.
We seek and encourage positive and credible Dominance and submission portrayals. Understandably, no children nor young adult stories accepted.
Formatting: word document, double spaced, standard formatting, Times New Roman, font size 12, submit via email to: submissions@BDSMwriterscon.com
NO previously published works for this contest! Published books should apply for the Golden Flogger Award.
If you have any difficulties submitting your novel for consideration or have any questions please contact us. (info@BDSMwriterscon.com)
In 2014, seven authors received a contract as part of this contest and another twenty-one authors received a book contract as part of our First Annual BDSM Writers Con Anthology. All our contests Finalist were invited to submit a story for our Anthology.
BDSM Writers Con is dedicated to the empowerment of BDSM authors and their fans!