I have to admit that everyone was a little surprised that "lipstick lovers" had received a nomination in the Samois anthology award, but only because the nominating judges might see this kind of anthology as a little lightweight on kink spectrum.
The Samois anthology award, granted by the National Leather Association: International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community, announced the winners for excellence in literary works in SM/leather/fetish writing published in 2012 at its Annual General Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK on May 3-5, 2013 and held during Tribal Fire. The judges received a greater number of nominations this year than ever before and judging in most categories was quite difficult with such exemplary pieces of writing.
"The gift" is at the mild end of the erotic spectrum, and aimed at the organ between the ears rather than any other. As a paperback "Lipstick Lovers" includes a collection of twenty erotic stories, all edited by Elizabeth Caldwell. A five story e-book version "Corsetry for Beginners" is also available if you want a sample of just five selected stories.
Although I don't personally get to dust space for the award, the editors does. The rest of us, the writers who contributed, they get the satisfaction of taking part. That's good enough for me.
Congratulations Xcite books, here's one for display.
For me, I call it the first Spank Award and I'm proud to be a part of it.