News: Ann Summers Announces Winning Erotic Stories

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In December 2014, Ann Summers launched its first ever erotic writing competition, in a bid to find the hottest new erotic writing talent. With the theme, ‘When Women Take Charge’, over 400 people entered, hoping to bag the £1,000 prize (plus toys and sexy prizes, of course) Popular themes included work (25 percent), bondage (15 percent) and group sex (9 percent). Perhaps unsurprisingly, a third of entrants chose to involve erotic accessories in their stories; and the end results were certainly titillating.

However, the winning stories were in a class of their own. The judges (CEO of Ann Summers, Jacqueline Gold, Killing Kittens founder Emma Sayle and Cliterati founder and erotic novelist, Emily Dubberley) deliberated hard, before picking the winners. Emily said, “It was great seeing such diversity in the entries, and it’s clear there are a lot of women who relish the idea of taking charge, in many different ways. The competition entries showed that what women want varies massively and there’s no universal turn on but instead, great variety.”

Winning story, Ruby by Izzy French, was described by Emily Dubberley as, “A vibrant story that really paints a picture – in more ways than one. A very strong writer and a story that reflects the theme well.”Izzy said, “I loved the idea of turning the tables, and for the woman to be in control this time. I’ve always thought art has great erotic potential, and weaving various hues of a sexy colour into my story was great fun…”

Something for the Weekend by Catelyn Cash, was described as, “Original, fresh and sexy magic realism that leaves you wanting more.” Catelyn said, “I’ve had short stories published before but nothing compares to the excitement I felt after finding out that my story was selected as the runner up. I’m thrilled that my story had an impact on the judges and I’m excited about the possible prospects!”

On Top by Matt Cole-Wilkin, was described by Jacqueline Gold as as story that, “Moved with pace, built anticipation and was sensual, but just a little bit naughty too. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.” Matt said, “I wanted to write this because ultimately it’s an art, and an art I want to take on professionally should good fortune and hard work allow. My inspiration came from a desire to write overall but the material itself was influenced by real life mixed with a curious studying of Jilly Cooper

Read all the winning entries here.

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