The UK Literary Review’s Bad Sex Awards were set up by Auberon Waugh, ‘with the aim of gently dissuading authors and publishers from including unconvincing, perfunctory, embarrassing or redundant passages of a sexual nature in otherwise sound literary novels.’
Previous winners include Tom Wolfe, A A Gill, Sebastian Faulks, and Melvyn Bragg.
The 16th annual Bad Sex Award went to Rachel Johnson, for a passage in her book Shire Hell. Among the shortlist was John Updike, Alastair Campbell and Kathy Lette. You can read the shortlisted passages online here.