Newsnight's economics editor Paul Mason has been nominated for the Literary Review's Bad Sex Award for his debut novel, Rare Earth.
Mason faces stiff competition from American author Tom Wolfe – who won the prize in 2004 – and Sam Mills, who is nominated for a scene in his tribute to fellow author Will Self, The Quiddity of Will Self.
Other nominees include Brits Nicholas Coleridge – for spanking scenes in The Adventuress – and Craig Raine, for his graphic description of genitalia in The Divine Comedy.
The Bad Sex in Fiction Award has been run annually since 1993. Past winners of the award include Melvyn Bragg, A. A. Gill and Giles Coren.
Literary Review: Britain's Most Dreaded Literary Prize