Clitorides Awards FAQ
The Clitorides Awards' FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions and Frequently Questioned Answers :)
This page contains a lot of information you may or may not have ever wanted to know about the Clitorides Awards.
- What ARE the Clitorides Awards?
- Eligible Stories
- The Nominating Process
- The Presentation
WHAT ARE THE CLITORIDES AWARDS?
What good are Clitorides Awards? Isn't this just another popularity contest?
The Golden Clitorides Awards were created by Maria Gonzales and John A with the purpose of helping promote good stories and good authors, and, at the same time, stroking the ego of the authors. :) Several moderators took turn handling the awards. As of 2007, this site was created in order to promote stability for the awards and to bring the erotica writing community together.
It was also suggested that there is a dearth of "acceptable reviewers", and the various awards serve to spotlight stories that someone felt were worthy of a read. (Maria herself stated that this was one of her chief goals) :-)
Why "Clitorides?" And what are clitorides, anyway?
Without going into the Great Debate over pornography versus erotica versus literature versus story telling versus you name it, these are awards for ADULT fiction. We needed an ADULT word to signify that. I wasn't present for the debate over the name, but I'm happy with the choice.
The word "clitorides" is simply a plural of the word "clitoris."
Who the hell is this "Maria Gonzales" you keep mentioning?
You never heard of Maria Gonzales? What are you, some kind of hermit?! Try to picture the most beautiful, most gorgeous, sexiest brunette Latina you have EVER laid your eyes on. Talented, witty, enticing... got that image in your mind? Got it? Okay, that's Maria dancing topless on the table with her. Yeah, the short one.
(Drum riff with rim shot) Seriously, Maria is an intelligent, charming woman who is chiefly responsible for instiga... initiating the Golden Clitorides Awards among other things. Visit her website - you'll be glad you did. It's at http://www.asstr.org/~MariaGonzales/.
What does Jane's Sex Guide say about the Clitorides Awards?
Jane says: "This is a great idea for a site! Basically, this is a place where you can nominate and vote for your favorite story published on the internet. The story has to be new (just published for the first time that month) and must be on a freely accessable website or newsgroup. The current nominees and all past winners are listed on the site, with links to where you can read them. Winners become eligible to face off for the Golden Clitoride Award. Nomination and voting is accomplished through a simple online form. Nice site, and no clutter. This is a great place to go if you want a list of well written stories to choose from! - Vamp."
What kinds of stories are eligible?
The Golden Clits have many categories, two of which are for the authors rather than the stories.
Story categories are:
- Flash Story of the Year
- Short Story of the Year
- Long Story of the Year
- Best Story by a New Author
- Classic Clitoride
- Best BDSM Story
- Best Furry/Best/Zoo Story
- Best Heterosexual Story
- Best Erotic Horror Story
- Best Erotic Humor Story
- Best Erotic MC Story
- Best Erotic Poetry
- Best Romantic Story
- Best Same Sex Story
- Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Story
- Best Erotic Seasonal Story
- Best Series
- Best Story in a Shared Universe
- Best Shared Universe
- Best Voyeur/Exhibitionism Story
Author categories are simpler:
- Author of the year
- Best new author
For all the categories, except the Classic Clitoride, to be eligible, a story must be first published or completed (in the case of serial stories) in the year it is nominated. For the Classic Clitoride, a story must be published or completed Two (2) years prior to nomination.
In the case of author nominations, to be eligible for author of the year award, the author must have at least one story published or completed during the year. For best new author, the nominee's first story must be published or completed during the year.
A story must have a verifiable link. If the story can't be linked to directly, it's not eligible.
What about stories at pay sites?
Maria states that the key is "freely accessible" on the net and free portions of pay sites are not excluded. Stories for which the reader must pay are not eligible. Should the story be published outside the pay site, however, as many pay sites allow after a contract period, then yes, unless the free period is a ploy.
THE NOMINATING PROCESS
So how do I nominate a story for the annual Golden Clitorides Awards?
It's simple. Click the 'Nominate' link in the site's navigation bar and fill the form. If you're not logged in, the form will ask for your email address. The form is simple enough to guide you through the nomination process. Once you submit your nominations, the site will need to verify your email address. If you're registered here, but not logged in, the site will ask for your password. If you're registered with storiesonline, the site will ask for your storiesonline password. If you're not comfortable registering here or using your storiesonline password then the site will send you a confirmation message to the email address you entered. You must act on the info in the confirmation message. If you don't, your nominations won't count.
Can I nominate more than one story?
You can nominate as many eligible stories as you like. The nomination form will accept as many stories or authors as you want. Of course, the site will only accept one nomination per story from each email address.
Do I have to register to nominate stories?
Absolutely not. However, you will need a valid email address. In order to avoid ballot stuffing, without verification, nominations don't count. Storiesonline accounts can work too.
But if you want to contribute and become a moderator on the site, then of course you have to register.
Okay, my favorite stories got nominated. How do they become finalists?
The ten most-nominated stories become finalists.
What if I got nominated and I want to withdraw from the awards?
Non-participation is the prerogative of any author. The author's wishes will be respected.
How do I know if my nominee became a finalist?
When the nomination period is over, the voting will start and finalists will be listed for voting.
Okay, my favorite story became a finalist. How do I vote for it?
There will be a voting page here on the site.
Hey, who won? How do I find out?
The Winner will be announced here in this website. We'll also post a list on storiesonline and other sites. Any other site that want to list the stories can do so too.