I cribbed the following from GJM's blog. Sounds very cool. All you smut mongerers out there, please feel free to drop me a comment and nudge me toward your story. I'm happy to make a nomination.
The Rauxa Prize for erotic writing carries an award of $1,000, given annually for an erotic short story of exceptional literary quality. An additional prize for erotic poetry carries an award of $300. The awards are judged by a select jury, and chosen from work nominated by editors and writers. All entries are read "blinded" (without author's name available). Publications of any type are encouraged to nominate qualifying material. Each publication may nominate up to five stories and three poems for inclusion; any individual may nominate a single story and/or poem.
The 2005 judges were:
Judges for the 2006 prize will be announced soon.
Nomination Guidelines (2006)
The short story award is intended for erotic fiction; therefore any story submitted must have a strong erotic element involved. A short story is defined as a story up to 10,000 words in length. We will consider any original stories which fall within this length limitation, including short-shorts and novel excerpts. Stories nominated for the Rauxa Prize should be from work published in the previous calendar years (August 2005 - July 2006).
The poetry award is intended for erotic poems; therefore any poem submitted must have a strong erotic element involved. Poems up to 100 lines are acceptable. Poems nominated for the Rauxa Prize should be from work published in the previous calendar years (August 2005 - July 2006).
To nominate, e-mail attached .rtf or .doc format files (in standard manuscript format, double-spaced, etc., suitable for print-out) to email@example.com. If the work appeared online, you may alternatively simply send us the relevant URL(s).
Work printed out in standard manuscript format, or tear-sheets from publications, may also be mailed to The Rauxa Prize, P.O. Box 4741, Englewood, CO 80155.
For all nominations, please include a statement of where and when it was published, and any copyright or contributor info if you have it.
Nominations must be received by August 15, 2006.
Please note that nomination by a publication also constitutes permission for us to list the publication's name as a participating publication. Please direct any questions to Kate Redfern, Rauxa Prize Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The work may have been published any place, in any form: from the Internet to traditional print, from self-published to mass market. We do not accept unpublished work.