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Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 5

Published by Cleis Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

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.

About The Author

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

Product Details

  • Publisher: Cleis Press (December 8, 2020)
  • Length: 177 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781627783088

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Raves and Reviews

Moving from gentle caresses to forceful paddling, this intentionally inclusive anthology has more hits than misses; fans of Sapphic erotica are sure to find something to strike their fancy.

– Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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 (she/her), Founder & Writer – Girly Juice

It is a gift to see a spectrum of genders and sexualities in erotica. Sexsmith puts together writers who bring trans*, nonbinary, lesbian, polyamorous, asexual, those with disabilities, and other queer marginalized folx to expose and explore their deepest and darkest desires in one safe space.

– Shiane D. Jacocks

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