American author wins Bad Sex in Fiction Prize

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LONDON (AP) American author Christopher Bollen has won the dreaded Bad Sex in Fiction Prize for his novel "The Destroyers."

Bad Sex judges crowned him he winner Thursday for a passage comparing a male character's genitalia to a billiard rack.

Run by the Literary Review magazine, the tongue-in-cheek award was founded in 1993 to spotlight "crude, badly written or perfunctory" passages of sexual description in fiction. Explicitly pornographic works aren't eligible.

Previous "winners" include Sebastian Faulks, the late Norman Mailer and the late John Updike, who was awarded a Bad Sex lifetime achievement award in 2008.