Alchemy

Alchemy book cover

Do you know how steamy mainstream publishing in India is getting these days? It’s positively arousing!

Just in time to keep us all warm (and wet!) for the winter, here’s Tranquebar’s latest smut anthology — including a story by ME!

In Alchemy, Tranquebar’s second anthology of erotic short stories, editor Sheba Karim has brought together thirteen diverse works about the pleasures and pains of sex – an unapologetic account of a post-modern man’s attraction to his maid, a futuristic tale of a four gendered orgy, a poignant narrative of a boy’s sexual awakening in a cinema bathroom, a lyrical meditation on a mysterious woman’s carnal lessons to an imprisoned monk. The anthology’s stories are vivid and well-crafted, moving across genres, orientations, continents and genders, taking the reader on a intimate journey through the complexities of sex, lust, and desire as the characters search for a cure for the alchemy of love.

Featuring work by: Abeer Hoque, Amitava Kumar, Ananda Devi, Gudiya, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Lopa Ghosh, M. Svarini, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Mohan Sikka, Rabi Thapa, Ranbir Sidhu, Sheba Karim and Shrimoyee Nandini.

Buy it (great gift!) on Uread | Flipkart | Infibeam

“Like” & share Alchemy on Facebook

Judges find “Mouth” yummy!

Hello pervs, guess what?  Once again yours truly is up for a National Leather Association writing award!

My futuristic orgy story “Mouth,” which is available for purchase right here, is a finalist in the short fiction category.

A taste:

The silk brushed against her lips so lightly that she felt naked. She would have to be careful of the wind that sometimes picked up when the trains came. She imagined a breeze lifting the veil, exposing her genitalia to everyone…Stop it, she told herself firmly. But she was already wet, and she swallowed hard.

I would really love another one of those hard shiny plaques!  It could get together with last year’s award, and they could fuck and make lots more cute little baby award plaques!

Do check out the other hot writers in the press release below, and please keep your fingers (but not your legs) crossed for me.

If you’re looking for more kinky nasty reads, I especially recommend other finalists, The Prince’s Boy by Cecilia Tan and anything by Mollena Williams, the Perverted Negress.

*

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR NLA-I WRITING AWARDS

(Columbus, OH) — National Leather Association–International (NLA-I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather/fetish community, announced today the finalists for its annual writing awards for works published in 2011. Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the groundbreaking organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing and publishing about leather, SM, bondage and fetishes.

The finalists for the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award are:

Jack Fritscher, “Leather’s Burning Man: The History of the Folsom Street Fair” (Bay Area Reporter)

Mollena Williams, “Tables Briefly Turned” (from her blog at: http://www.mollena.com/)

The finalists for the Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award are:

Tracy Bain and Owen Keehnen, Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow (CreateSpace)

Gayle Rubin, Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader (Duke University Press)

Jim Stewart, Folsom Street Blues: A Memoir of 1970s SoMa and Leatherfolk in Gay San Francisco (Palm Drive)

The finalists for the Pauline Reage Novel Award are:

Lauren Gallagher, Reconstructing Meredith (Carnal Passions)

Jeff Mann, Fog: A Novel of Desire and Reprisal (Bear Bones Books)

Cherise Sinclair, To Command and Collar (Loose Id)

Cecilia Tan, The Prince’s Boy: Volumes 1 & 2 (Circlet)

The finalists for the John Preston Short Fiction Award are:

Kissiah Aiken, “Transformative,” which appeared in Nobilis Reed (ed.), “Coming Together in Flux” (CreateSpace)

Laura Antoniou,  The Man with the Phoenix Tattoo,” which appeared in Tristan Taormino (ed.), Take Me There.

Jeff Mann, ” Jeff and Sam: After the Concert,” which appeared in Shane Allison (ed.), Brief Encounters: 69 Hot Gay Shorts

 M. Svairini, “Mouth,” which appeared in Lauren P. Burka (ed.), Up for Grabs 2: Exploring More Worlds of Gender (Circlet)

Xan West, “It’s My Job,” which appeared in Richard Labonte (ed.), Hot Daddies: Gay Erotic Fiction (Cleis)

The finalists for the Samois Anthology Award are:

Rachel Kramer Bussel, Surrender: Erotic Tales of Female Pleasure and Submission (Cleis)

Rachel Kramer Bussel, Best Bondage Erotica 2012 (Cleis)

Alison Tyler, Slave to Love (Cleis)

The winners will be announced at the National Leather Association’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held during Tribal Fire (4-6 May 2012) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Please contact the award committee chair, Steve Vakesh, for more information about the awards at stevevakesh@gmail.com. For more information about Tribal Fire or the National Leather Association, see: http://www.tribalfireokc.com/ and http://www.nla-i.com.

Virgin Review!

A big wet thank you to Roselyn D’Mello, editor of the forthcoming Zubaan anthology of women’s erotica, who just popped my cherry with this first review of my smut in Himal magazine:

… a host of writers, particularly women, have been appropriating the space of the erotic. Most significant among them is the young provocative and award-winning M Svairini, who writes the rather risqué blog, ‘The Bottom Runs the Fuck’, and …

Me, significant! Provocative! Risque! And young, even! 🙂

Click here for the whole article, which is provocative in its own way and introduced me to some desi smut writers with whom I definitely want to get between the sheets.

That’s sheets as in pages. Of a book. You pervs.

Reading is fundamental.

Sticky Wicket

I don’t really know what that means, but it sounds sexy to me! Check out my new article on firstpost.com, India’s brand-new one and only digital newsroom:

Jai Hind — We Can Beat Those Wankers

… in which I propose legalizing sex toys in India … lay out a five-point programme for a nationwide Masturbate-A-Thon … and use a whole bunch of sports metaphors!

This is a “squee” moment for me because it’s my first mainstream publication. Firstpost.com is affiliated with CNN and is aiming to become the Huffington Post of India, the first online place to go for news analysis & commentaries on breaking issues.

Because websites are so metrics-driven, it would be super helpful if you would take a moment to “like” or comment on the article … & show the editors that there is an audience for sex-positive writing out of India!

Win!


My essay about queer desi kink desire was just named the winner of a National Leather Award at a ceremony this past weekend in Houston. Very exciting since this is the first year I entered, and my blog is just a baby compared to all the other esteemed writers/publishers who won.  I so wish that I could have attended and rubbed, um, elbows with all the leather literati!  I might be developing a fetish for trophies…

Wanna read the winning piece?  It’s here: Kaliyuga Yoni.

Also, check out my two creative contributions to a sleek new online fetish magazine, Safeword. I get to be part of their Religion & Sex special issue—and if that’s not kinky, I don’t know what is.

fireworks

Here is the official press release about the awards:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR NLA-I WRITING AWARDS

(Columbus, OH) — National Leather Association: International, a leading
organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community, announced
the winners, for works published in 2010, of its annual awards for
excellence in SM/leather/fetish writing at its Annual General Meeting at
Spring Iniquity in Houston, TX on April 16, 2011. The judges received a
record number of nominations this year, and voting in several categories was
quite close.

The winner of the John Preston Short Fiction Award is Laura Antoniou for
“That’s Harsh,” a story set in her Marketplace series and included in the
new 2010 edition of The Slave (Circlet). The honorable mention for short
story went to Jeff Mann for “Demon Seed” from Amie M. Evans and Paul J.
Willis  (eds.), Saints+Sinners 2010: New Fiction from the Festival (Queer
Mojo/Rebel Satori).

The winner of the Samois Anthology Award is Tristan Taormino, Sometimes She
Lets Me: Best Butch/Femme Erotica (Cleis), which reprinted a number of great
stories. The honorable mention went to Fast Girls: Erotica for Women
(Cleis), yet another great anthology from Rachel Kramer Bussel.

The winner of the Pauline Reage Novel Award is is Cherise Sinclair for The
Dom¹s Dungeon (Loose Id). The honorable mention went to India Wilson for The
Knot Artist (Lightning Strikes).

The winner of the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award is M. Svairini,
“Kaliyuga Yoni” from the bottom runs the fuck. The honorable mention went to
Lady Elsa for “Service Topping as a Spiritual Practice,” which appeared in
Lee Harrington’s, Spirit of Desire: Personal Explorations of Sacred Kink
(Lulu.com).

The winner of the Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award is Justin Spring for
Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo
Artist, and Sexual Renegade (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), superb biography of
a seminal SM figure. The honorable mention went to Nancy Ava Miller, the
founder of People Exchanging Power, for her book Pervert: Notes from the
Sexual Underground (Xlibris) in which she discusses her life as an SM
educator and community leader.

Nominations for the works published in 2011 will open later this year.

Such A Good Girl

How nice! My piece, Kaliyuga Yoni, is suddenly more popular than a prom queen without panties! This week, it was:

  • named a finalist for the National Leather Association International’s writing awards, AND
  • accepted for publication in the hot-hot-hot upcoming Perverts of Color anthology.

Awesome job, me! If I were my own Top, I would definitely give me a lollipop!

Meanwhile, for your wanking pleasure, here’s the NLA-I list of other finalists. Go buy their books and read their blogs!  The awards will be announced on April 17 in Houston.

***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR NLA-I WRITING AWARDS

(Columbus, OH) — National Leather Association: International (NLA-I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather/fetish community, announced today the finalists for its annual writing awards. Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the groundbreaking organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing and publishing about leather, SM, bondage and fetishes.

The finalists for the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award are:

M. Svairini, “Kaliyuga Yoni” (blog post from the bottom runs the fuck)

Sinclair Sexsmith, “Reconciling Feminism & Sadism” (Sugarbutch Chronicles)

Lady Elsa, “Service Topping as a Spiritual Practice” from Lee Harrington (ed.), Spirit of Desire: Personal Explorations of Sacred Kink (Lulu.com).

Alice Wood-Jones, “Kim West, A Life in Latex Fashion” (Skin Two 61)

The finalists for the Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award are:

TammyJo Eckhart and Fox, At Her Feet: Powering Your FemDom Relationship (Greenery)

Steve Lenius, Life, Leather and the Pursuit of Happiness: Life, History and Culture in the Leather/BDSM/Fetish Community (Nelson Borhek)

Nancy Ava Miller, Pervert: Notes from the Sexual Underground (Xlibris)

Bill Reed, Exploring Your Kink: A practical guide to BDSM play (Lulu.com)

Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The finalists for the Pauline Reage Novel Award are:

Evangeline Anderson, Dangerous Cravings (Loose Id)

James Buchanan, All or Nothing (MLR Press)

Cherise Sinclair, The Dom’s Dungeon (Loose Id)

Claire Thompson, Cowboy Poet (Romance Unbound)

India Wilson, The Knot Artist (Lightning Strikes)

The finalists for the John Preston Short Fiction Award are:

Laura Antoniou, “That’s Harsh” from the 2010 edition of The Slave (Circlet)

Jeff Mann, “Demon Seed” from Amie M. Evans and Paul J. Willis  (eds.), Saints+Sinners 2010: New Fiction from the Festival (Queer Mojo/Rebel Satori)

Xan West, “Ready” from Christopher Pierce (ed.), Biker Boys: Gay Erotic Stories (Cleis)

The finalists for the Samois Anthology Award are:

Rachel Kramer Bussel, Fast Girls: Erotica for Women (Cleis)

Thom Magister, The Slave Journals and Other Tales of the Old Guard (Perfect Bound)

Tristan Taormino, Sometimes She Lets Me: Best Butch/Femme Erotica (Cleis)

Peter Tupper, The Innocent’s Progress (Circlet)

The winners will be announced on April 17 at the National Leather Association’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held during Spring Iniquity XX (April 15-17, 2011) in Houston, TX and mark the National Leather Association’s 25th anniversary. Please contact the award committee chair, Steve Vakesh, for more information about the awards at stevevakesh@gmail.com. For more information about Spring Iniquity, the National Leather Association, and the NLA-I’s meeting on Sunday morning, see: http://www.springiniquity.com and http://www.nla-i.com .