Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Volume 5

Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Volume 5

Paperback & Ebook
Release Date: December 08, 2020
ISBN: 9781627783088
eISBN: 9781627785211
Lesbian Erotica, BDSM, Fiction: LGBTQ
© 2020, Cleis Press

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“A stunning neurodiverse, body positive, BDSM, genderqueer and polyamory affirming lineup. A diverse, healing collection for folks of all orientations, it’s not to be missed.” — @CollagenThief

About the Book

Testing the boundaries of pleasure and pain… To be so full of longing you ache for release… Coming to climax without a single touch.

The fifth volume of the Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year anthology series explores and expands on the very definition of eroticism with a diverse mix of queer, non-binary, trans, and polyamorous #ownvoices that will have you quivering with delight and wondering what more you can explore—no matter how you identify. More than just steamy sex stories, this volume offers the quiet sexuality of emotional security, the overwhelming thrill of discovering something new, and a tale for every taste—from vanilla to kink to strap-ons and sodomy.

Now more than ever, it is crucial to see unique, underrepresented viewpoints across the literary spectrum. Award-winning author and editor Sinclair Sexsmith delivers in an anthology that is both tender and tantalizing, emotional and evocative.

Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Vol. 5 redefines and broadens not only lesbian identity, but sex itself. The imaginative authors in this remarkable anthology explore angles of sexuality far too often ignored by mainstream sexual media, like asexuality, disability, gender fluidity, and healthy non-monogamy. True diversity in erotica can be hard to find, and editor Sinclair Sexsmith has curated a hugely diverse collection of stories here that are sure to pique the interest of just about anyone who feels drawn to lesbian eroticism.” — Kate Sloan, Girly Juice

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Table of Contents

1. Max and the Things I Couldn’t Say — Heart
2. On a Hot and Humid Night — Mx. Nillin Lore
3. Whatever I Want, Whatever I Say — Sinclair Sexsmith
4. Pure Energy — Giselle Renarde
5. Three Options — Nicole Field
6. Blood — Anita Cassidy
7. A Night Out — Amanda N
8. The Supplicant — Michelle Osgood
9. Torrent and Tumult — June Amelia Rose
10. The One Penis Policy — Tobi Hill-Meyer
11. The Summer of Strap-Ons and Sodomy — Rain DeGrey
12. Strand of Pearls — Mary Burns
13. Restraint — Kiki DeLovely
14. I Wouldn’t Be the Same Without Her — Kathleen Lamothe
15. Yes Ma’am — K.J. Drake
16. The Estranged — GB Lindsey
17. Owning a Cock — Amy Butcher

Online Erotica Readings & Virtual Tour

  • Friday, 29 January, 2021 — Feminist Erotica Podcast Book Club featuring Rain DeGray, Mary Burns, and June Amelia Rose | Details on Facebook
  • Sunday, 28 February, 2021 — Virtual reading with Glad Day Books, Toronto | Details on Facebook
  • March, 2021 — Virtual reading with Charis Books, Atlanta
  • Friday, 5 March, 2021 — Virtual reading with Queer Leather Happy Hour, San Francisco
  • April, 2021 — Virtual reading at International Ms Leather/Bootblack


“While having “lesbian” in the title may feel like it shuts some trans and nonbinary readers out, don’t let that fool you! [T]his book overflows with gorgeous trans and genderqueer representation exploring all kinds of sex and sexuality. … I’m sure you’ll be pumped by the trans, disabled, polyamorous, and neurodiverse representation among the authors, and rest assured that these qualities stay visible on the page. This collection of erotica is one we’re meant to really bring our full, over-worked and under-paid, weird and wonderful, trans and nonbinary, and even our survivor selves to. It’s a safe and creative way to dive into new fantasies about BDSM …, or to simply get our feet wet in softer pieces that may show us consent and good, gentle touch for the first time.”
— Tristan Taggart

Throughout this anthology, both pain and pleasure are often desired, and this looks different for each person, based on their needs and wants. Some stories do tackle depression, self-harm, and trauma. However, it is held with precision and tact. They ask the question; how does one find pleasure and safety when this is reoccurring? … In this feminist erotica, the writing in this anthology is honest and vulnerable, accepting that while not all sexual acts are rosy, it does not need to be overpowered by abuse or hurt. While the work does not address directly the many ways that queer and marginalized bodies deal with racism, violence, and oversexualization, they are there, in the background, far away from the characters—providing freedom and centering their needs first, having each story provide light in every corner.
— Review on Gather the Magic by Shiane D. Jacocks

Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 features seventeen unique accounts of various erotic situations. Some are sexually immersive and detailed right from the get-go. In contrast, others take things incredibly slow, dragging out the build-up both between the characters and for the reader who is on the edge of their seat in anticipation. While they are all different, each story has one thing in common: it belongs in this anthology and has been expertly selected to bring us, the readers, the utmost pleasure. … While the apparent observation of Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Volume 5 is that it offers an overall feel of sexual exploration, it goes beyond just that. As Sexsmith describes in the collection’s introduction, “The characters in this book explore all kinds of erotic encounters, finding refuge, finding connection, and finding themselves.” Each new story, each new character introduced to, provides you with a new outlook on sexual exploration, personal desires, and the many facets of human sexuality and attraction. ”
— Between Our Thighs


Press Release

Download the press release from Cleis Press, October 2020.
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About the Editor

SINCLAIR SEXSMITH (they/them) is “the best-known butch erotica writer whose kinky, groundbreaking stories have turned on countless queers” (AfterEllen), who “is in all the books, wins all the awards, speaks at all the panels and readings, knows all the stuff, and writes for all the places” (Autostraddle). Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and they are the current editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica series. Find more of their work at

For years, Sinclair Sexsmith immortalized their hottest sexual adventures as erotic stories on Sugarbutch Chronicles, earning a reputation as the Internet’s queer Casanova … You’ll want to take this one to bed.” — Jiz Lee, genderqueer porn star