Golden Flogger Award Guidelines

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Golden Flogger Award
of the Year


The intent of BDSM Writers Con is to help expand and enhance the knowledge of what BDSM really is for writers AND readers.

With our mission in mind, we seek books which portray a credible and positive outlook on Dominance and submission and the individuals who embrace this highly diverse lifestyle.

BDSM books must have an original publication date of 2017 and be at least 15,000 words or more  to qualify for nomination. It goes without saying that the book MUST have a D/s story line to qualify for nomination. No previously published nor revised books accepted. Box sets are not accepted.

You may enter as many author’s BDSM books as you wish, in any category listed below. Books must have been published in 2017. Box sets not accepted. Books accepted from all authors–US, UK and aboard.

Type of books accepted:
Books can vary in their D/s intensity from BDSM Light, BDSM Advanced to Dark Erotica.
Non-fiction books can be personal accounts, journals, how-to, or informational.
BDSM books in any genre.

Capture & kidnapped fantasies or novels which begin a relationship with a non-consensual act, regardless of whether or not submission is ultimately given or the couple falls in love later, are NOT considered Dominance and submission-as the relationship did not begin with a consensual act–and will be disqualified.

The Golden Flogger Award is broken down into the following ten categories:

*BDSM Light               *BDSM Advanced          *BDSM Dark Erotica       *Anthology

*Ménage                      *Novella                        *LGBTQ                          *Non-fiction

*Paranormal, Futuristic & Fantasy                    *Dominant women & submissive men

Definition of BDSM Light, BDSM Advanced and BDSM Dark Erotica:

BDSM Romance Light
These books are typically BDSM 101 books where the D/s is light and the focus is more about spicing up the relationship as opposed to being the core foundation of one. Characters may have already embraced dominance and submission, however, the emphasis is more on the psychology of the interactions and lighter, more comfortable scenarios. No edginess to it.

BDSM Romance Advanced
These books start with the premise that both characters know their D/s orientation and the relationship proceeds within a BDSM context. The D/s scenes are more intense and even edgier and deal with more advance levels of BDSM and sadomasochism. These books may involve strong psychological and physical play, and characters may dabble in the consensual non-consensuality arena because the relationship is advanced enough to withstand this type of play.

BDSM Dark Erotica
These books follow along the path of BDSM Romance Advanced; however, a happy ending or romantic relationship is less important as the focus is on the power exchange itself, and how it manifests itself. These are books where the submissive chooses to enter into a slave contract for growth or desire. These books tend to have more edge play or extreme scenes and consensual  non-consensuality  scenes are common. The emphasis here is on the sadomasochism play/interactions and not on having a romantic relationship or happily ever after, though love can develop afterward.

Books will be judged on:
*  BDSM content
*  accurate & realistic representation of Dominance & submission
*  erotic content
*  characters likability
*  storyline

Non-fiction books will be judged based on:
* BDSM content
* BDSM accuracy
* How the book impacts the community and a reader’s life

Cost of submission:  $25 per book.
Enter as many books as you wish

Who can nominate a book:
Authors, publishers and fans are encouraged to nominate their favorite author’s book for the Golden Flogger Award. There is no limit to the categories in which an author can be nominated nor the awards they can receive. 

Opening  & Closing deadline:
Nominations will be accepted until July 1, 2018. Finalists will be announced August 1, 2018

Winners will be revealed during the BDSM Writers Con 2018 Awards Ceremony in New York City.  Judges ruling is final.

Note to authors & publishers: You must submit a review copy of the book nominated in PDF or Kindle format to be considered. Non-fiction books require a printed copy. Email to with subject title: Golden Flogger Award Nomination PDF’s can be watermarked. Copies used for the purposes of the award only. Questions, feel free to email us.

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Once you’ve completed the form above, use this link to make your payment

September 21, 2017


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