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The Tipping Point of Lust Contest

Sex & Spirituality Contest - 2006

Rock Me Contest - 2005

Sex & Politics Contest - 2004

Every Little Kiss Contest - 2004

The New Summer Exotica Writing Contest - 2003

Sex & Peace Poetry Contest - 2002




The Tipping Point of Blue - Veronica Strega

"He stood next to her and whispered: there was a woman and a man in room of folding chairs. The room had been full of people. Now all you could hear was her breath."

How a perfect pen provided the tipping point of pleasure - Jacqueline Applebee

"I wrote my intentions above the crease of his arse; tiny words that disappeared as my pen travelled lower. I fished my marker pen from my bra where she had been hidden."

The Tipping Point of Laughter - Gina Marie

"Later, on Billy Chen-Wing's bed, naked and warm, breathing in the smell of Billy’s orange-scented skin and staring up at a hundred paper kites suspended from his ceiling, he would read the message to me."



The Sex & Spirituality Writing Contest
1st Place: Roy Mitchel
The Bag


2nd Place: Teresa Lamai
Maria's Window


3rd Place (tie): Circe
Coyote Gets Religion


3rd Place (tie): Remittance Girl
Shell Shocked





Rock Me Erotica Contest
1st Place: Tressie McMillan
The First Dance


2nd Place: Kathleen Bradean
Solace or Moonlight


3rd Place: Alana Noel Voth
Rock Stars: In Particular Order




Runner up: Gwen Masters
Ten Years Later


Runner up: Lee Minxton
Panic in Detroit


Runner up: Sarah Black
Susie Q






Exotica

1st Place: Martha Garvey
How To Fuck a President So It Means Something


2nd Place: Shon Richards
For Janet


3rd Place: Kara Noel
Love and War




Runner up: Margaret Pritchard
P.S.


Runner up: M. Riley
The New Laura


Runner up: Shannon Kizzia
Matrimony


Runner up: Bridget Cannon
Condoleeza Doesn't Like It


Runner up: Lydia Grand
Run for Orifice


Runner up: Lee Skinner
Vicarious

Runner up: Lisette Ashton
The Private Members' Bill





There are 7 runners-up, along with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, that we've published during the four weeks of October! The runners-up are listed in no particular order -- we loved them all!

We received dozens of entries in this contest, and it was a delight to read all of them. From the original entries, we narrowed it down to more than a dozen finalists, and then the judges went to work, making the almost-too-hard choices...leaving us with the decision to include a total of 10 stories to be published in Clean Sheets.

We appreciate every writer's participation in this contest, and will look forward to reading more in our next contest in the spring!

           --Susannah Indigo, Editor-in-Chief, October 2004



Every Little Kiss Erotica Contest

1st place: Tulsa Brown
Mustang


2nd place: Ann Regentin
Empty Hearts


3rd Place: Teresa Lamai
Vedma's Cabinet


Runner up: C.B. Allen
The Pearl Earring


Runner up: Susie Hara
Belle Green's Biggest Fear

Runner up: Catherine Lundoff
Left Bank




We received almost 300 stories in this contest, and it was a delight to read all of them. From the original entries, we narrowed it down to 14 finalists, and then the judges went to work, making the hard choices for our 6 top stories that you can read through the links above.

We appreciate every writer's participation in this contest, and will look forward to reading more in our next contest this fall!

           --Susannah Indigo, Editor-in-Chief, April 2004



First Prize:  $100.00 and publication in Clean Sheets Magazine

Second Prize:  $50 and publication in Clean Sheets Magazine

Third Prize:  A copy of any two Clean Sheets direct-books and publication in Clean Sheets Magazine

Three runners-up will receive a token gift from our official sponsor, Toys in Babeland!





The challenge was:

Tell us a story. Make it short -- between 1000 and 2000 words. Make it sexy. February is erotic-travel month at Clean Sheets, and we all know it's also Valentine's Day time. So, have your story involve any kind of travel (on the subway, somewhere over China, anything you like). You must also use the following phrases in an original manner in your story:

"every little kiss"

"harbor lights"

"spider-fingers"

Be short, sharp, poetic, or be funny, expansive, and wild, but be original.


The New Summer Exotica Writing Contest Enter
 
 
1st place: Donna George Storey
The New Libertine


2nd place: Lilie Berlin
New for Me


3rd Place: Tulsa Brown
The Empress's New Clothes


Runner up: Ann Regentin
New-sflash


Runner up: Barbara Holliday
New Wine




We received over 150 stories in this contest, and it was a delight to read all of them. From the original 150, we narrowed it down to 12 finalists, and then the judges went to work, coming up with our 5 top stories that you can read through the links above. As an editor who is starting to work on a new themed anthology ( see Sex & Laughter guidelines), it gave me great faith in erotic writers -- everybody who submitted followed the rules(!), creativity and imagination ran high, and the sincere and authentic stories being told were all true "winners" simply because of that.

Our five top winners come from Germany, Canada, the states midwest, south, and west coast; some have published in Clean Sheets before, some have not; they write about gay, lesbian, and heterosexual adventures; and the fact that all 5 winners are women, well, we can only say that we read all entries 'blinded', and there were certainly some men who were really close in the top 12 finalists!

           --Susannah Indigo, Editor-in-Chief, August 2003



First Prize:  $100.00 and publication in Clean Sheets Magazine

Second Prize:  $50 and publication in Clean Sheets Magazine

Third Prize:  A copy of any two Clean Sheets direct-books and publication in Clean Sheets Magazine

Two runners-up will receive a token gift from our official sponsor, Toys in Babeland!





The challenge was:

Tell us a story. Make it short -- no more than 1500 words. Make it sexy. Make it involve summer somehow. Maybe funny, maybe dramatic, but make it new. So new, in fact, that it must have the word "new" in the title.

We admit to not inventing that rule, and herewith provide our inspiration, from Book Magazine -- and we highly recommend a read in particular there of "The New Polygamist" and "The New and Best Rule for Sandwich"...neither of which are erotica, just great writing.

Your challenge is higher, since we believe that sex is one of the hardest subjects to write well. But we know you are up to it -- we receive hundreds of emails every week with potential erotica for Clean Sheets! Entries will be blinded (no names on them) and judged by a panel of Clean Sheets editors, including Susannah Indigo, Nola Summers, Brian Peters, Bill Noble, and Julia Peters.


sex & Peace Poetry Contest



Sex & Peace & New Beginnings. What a concept! We asked our readers to write about that very thing, and received nearly 100 entries, each presenting a different take on this deceptively difficult subject. Our original provision was for a first, second, and third place poem, but the entries were so good that we've also included two additional Honorable Mention poems.

On behalf of our Editor-in-Chief, Susannah Indigo, our Fiction Editor, Bill Noble, and myself -- congratulations to our winners! We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to enter, and hope you enjoy our choices. If there is always conflict somewhere in our world, then hopefully peace is an objective, and not simply just the occasional absence of war.
    --Devan Macduff, Poetry Editor, January 2003



1st Place Winner
2nd Place winner
3rd Place Winner
Honorable Mentions



1st Place

Aria Williamson



Suppose

all the politicians were laid end to end
   repeatedly
and each Senator learned tantra before war
the Kama Sutra was used to break filibusters
and honey dust covered the Floor

Tipper & Al would lead slow dances
executing kisses before each roll call
Good Vibrations would cater the Bushes
serving dildoes and rockets and balls

In this world without war without end
in this world full of feathers and lust
in a future with satin-covered gavels
the Al Qaeda boys would go bust.



©2002 by Aria Williamson

Aria Williamson is a poet and teacher living in New Mexico.


Second Place

Arlene Ang



The Eastern Philosophy of Sex

Scissored by my thighs,
he lectures that Chinese philosophers
created peace between Earth and Water
by warming labial folds with hands.

Don't rouse the sleeping dragon,
I warn him as my fingers close
around wrought iron to fight against
my back undulating on winter quilt.

Snaking over my breasts,
he tongues that firecrackers were used
to scare evil spirits away
and he has just what I need.

Enveloping his theory in pelvic muscles,
I muse that it must have been
New Year's Eve all the time for the wives
and concubines of Chinese philosophers.



©2003 by Arlene Ang

Arlene Ang is a freelance translator and Web designer living in Venice, Italy. She is the Italian editor of Niederngasse. Her poetry has recently appeared or is upcoming in Slow Trains, Sidereality, Scrivener's Pen, Poet's Canvas, Tryst, Peshekee River Poetry, and Sometimes City. Recent awards include the 2002 Eros & Thanatos Prize (Absinthe Literary Review).


Third Place

Sheela Ardrian


New Year's Revolutions

When the cork has been popped
and the champagne has stopped spurting,
when the cookies have crumbled and all the cherries
have been licked from their chocolate coats,
when the balls have finally dropped
and the party is over...

that's when the revolution begins.
Go ahead and make promises you don't mean to keep.
I won't hold you to them. I will only hold you
through the long night ambling on towards morning,
will only pour joy over our bodies as we braid our limbs together,
until your life and my life lie still: two great nations of contest,
talking of peace in soft pillow-whispers.

It's happening everywhere.
All around the world, a secret plot
overthrows war with nothing more than warm, willing flesh.

Forget music.
the universal human language is
orgasm.



©2003 by Sheela Ardrian

Sheela Ardrian lives in central Illinois. Her writing fields include gender studies, erotica, and alternative sexualities. Her favourite hobby is rocking the boat.


Honorable Mention



Kate Dominic



Preserve and Protect

Soldiers are for kissing
tongues to hungry, wind-cracked lips
pulling sweat-stained uniforms
over hard-muscled torsos
past new pink smallpox scars
down throbbing, swollen flesh
UCMJ* be damned

Soldiers are for holding
air thick with pheromones before battle
strutting youth and laughter
bravado, adventure, and prayer
eyes steeled with determination
to defend and protect with lawful orders

Soldiers are for loving
in the lonely dark of night
when they scream out ghosts of what they've seen
what they've endured, and what they've had to do,
seeking succor in a warm forgiving body
each desperate thrust a healing balm
each release a whisper, "We are alive."

©2003 by Kate Dominic

Kate Dominic is the author of Any Two People, Kissing (Down There Press, March 2003). Her erotic stories appear in many magazines and anthologies.




*Per the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), military personnel can be court-martialed for sodomy if they engage in any sexual activity other than heterosexual, missionary-position intercourse.


Honorable Mention



Stephen Roxborough


A Lasting Peace

I want to make passionate war
inside your holy Middle East

Invade all your Biblical hot spots
trespass upon a wanting Bethlehem
divide every inch of your Eden
and conquer your kinky Babylon
not with suicide terror or relentless tanks
or smart bombs or dumb skuds or
nukes or chemicals or cruise missiles
but with a dangerous biological weapon
thousands of years old
yet young and long and strong enough
to weaken your best defense
and move our innermost Baghdad
like a wild Arabian stallion
in the heat of a mad desert tryst

Only then will I surrender and submit
to all your conditions and positions.



©2003 by Stephen Roxborough

Stephen Roxborough, aka roxword, is a Jewish tantric Buddhist pacifist spoken-word poet who is finally learning to swim like a dolphin, quiet and powerful, in Anacortes, Washington


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