Laura Antoniou

Laura Antoniou (born 1963) is an American novelist. She is the author of The Marketplace series of BDSM-themed novels, which were originally published under the pen name of Sara Adamson.[1]

Antoniou is also known for her work as an editor and pioneer on the field of contemporary erotic fiction[2] and in particular as editor of lesbian erotica anthologies including the three-volume Leather Women series,[3][4] Some Women,[5] By Her Subdued, No Other Tribute, and a collection of her own short stories and essays titled The Catalyst and Other Works.

Antoniou's fiction and her essays on alternate views of sexual roles have been cited by writers on the evolution of erotic fiction, and on the social politics of gender roles. Documentary filmmaker and author Tanya Trepanier's described Antoniou as part of a growing trend of novelists exploring hybrid forms of identity, including cultural and sexual identity, that don't fit into simple categories, using narrative storytelling as a way of understanding identities that can't be easily defined in a traditional manner.[6] In an analysis of contemporary novelists in the area of women's erotic fiction, Carolyn Allen cites Antoniou's writings as describing the concept that all relationships between people include elements of power exchange, with one partner taking the more dominant role even in day-to-day interactions.[3] Nikki Sullivan, lecturer in Cultural and Critical Studies at Macquarie University, in her essay Sadomasochism as Resistance? refers to Antoniou's description of sexual roles as a loose structure, due to the many choices available to the participants, with the key element being the choice of which participant guides the activities.[5]

Writings by Antoniou are at the Leather Archives and Museum.[7][8]

Awards and honors

Year Work Award Result Ref.
2011 National Leather Association's Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient [9]
"That's Harsh" National Leather Association's John Preston Short Fiction Award Winner [10][11]
2012 Master Jack McGeorge Excellence in Education Award Recipient [12][13]
Mr. Marcus Hernandez Lifetime Achievement Award (Woman) Recipient [14][15]
"The Man with the Phoenix Tattoo" National Leather Association's John Preston Short Fiction Award Winner [10][11]
2014 The Killer Wore Leather National Leather Association's Pauline Reage Novel Award Winner [11][16]
Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery Finalist [17]
No Safe Words National Leather Association's Samois Anthology Award Winner [11][16]

Partial bibliography


  1. ^ Henkin, Bill; Holiday, Sybil (1996). Consensual sadomasochism: how to talk about it and how to do it safely. Daedalus Publishing. pp. 230–231. ISBN 1-881943-12-7.
  2. ^ Bright, Susie (1997). The Best American Erotica 1997. Simon and Schuster. p. 5. ISBN 0-684-81823-X.
  3. ^ a b Allen, Carolyn (1996). Following Djuna: women lovers and the erotics of loss. Indiana University Press. p. 124. ISBN 0-253-33023-8.
  4. ^ Deneuve (Curve Magazine). FRS Enterprises. 4: 3. 1994.((cite journal)): CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  5. ^ a b Sullivan, Nikki (2003). A critical introduction to queer theory. NYU Press. p. 153. ISBN 0-8147-9841-1.
  6. ^ Schoenhals, Martin; Joseph E. Behar (2001). Visions of the twenty first century. Global Academic Publishing. p. 217. ISBN 1-58684-069-X.
  7. ^ "Leather Archives & Museum: Login".
  8. ^ "Sandmutopia Guardian - Leather Archives & Museum". Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  9. ^ Webmaster, NLA International. "Activist Past winners - LIVING IN LEATHER". Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  10. ^ a b "List of winners". Living In Leather. Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  11. ^ a b c d Webmaster, NLA International. "Author Past winners - LIVING IN LEATHER". Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  12. ^ "Master/Slave Conference 2013 Labor Day Weekend". Archived from the original on 2013-08-11.
  13. ^ "Awards". Master slave Conference. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  14. ^ 🖉"Pantheon of Leather Awards All Time Recipients - The Leather Journal". Archived from the original on 2020-12-28. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  15. ^ Rhodes, Dave (2014-03-03). "Pantheon of Leather Awards All Time Recipients". The Leather Journal. Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  16. ^ a b Rhodes, Dave (2014-09-28). "NLA: International names Writers Awards winners". The Leather Journal. Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  17. ^ "Winners of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Announced". Lambda Literary. 2014-06-03. Retrieved 2022-01-17.