Written by Ella Thomson on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The 2012 Bad Sex Awards shortlist is out and many were expecting J.K. Rowling and E.L. James to be included in the list.

Senior editor at the Literary Review, Jonathan Beckman, said that even though they got more than enough nominations for Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, her writing is not nearly bad enough to qualify… but he does admit there were “queasy moments.”

The Bad Sex Award was created to “to draw attention to the crude and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel – and to discourage it.”

And why did E.L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy escape the cut? The answer is simple – “because the prize’s rubric explicitly excludes pornographic and erotic literature.”

The lucky nominees include: Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe; The Yips by Nicola Barker; The Adventuress by Nicholas Coleridge; Infared by Nancy Huston; Rare Earth by Paul Mason; Noughties by Ben Masters; The Quiddity of Will Self by Sam Mills; and finally, The Divine Comedy by Craig Raine. This is not the first time being nominated for the prestigious award for Wolfe, Sam Mills, Coleridge and Raine.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London next month, and of course, the nominees are invited.

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