Fifty Shades of Grey: Your Way!

Fifty Shades of Grey: Your Way!

by Guest

on 25 Jun 2021

Love all things erotic? Got a competitive side? Want an exclusive Lovehoney discount, and the chance to win amazing prizes?

It’s your lucky day.

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Fifty Shades of Grey, we’ve teamed up to bring you an incredible new competition - Fifty Shades of Grey: Your Way.

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What Do I Need To Do?

10 years ago, the erotic adventures of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey unlocked the imaginations of couples all over the world. Now, it’s time to use that imagination.

We want to know what Fifty Shades of Grey eroticism inspires in you, and for you to show us through the creative medium of your choice. Can’t draw or paint? What about doing photography, video, or sculpture instead? Or if visual arts aren’t your thing, show us your sexy side through poetry, music, or storytelling.

You have full control (wink). Let your creativity flow, and show us what eroticism means to you!

As well as all entrants being rewarded with an exclusive 15% Lovehoney discount, the winners will receive a deluxe Fifty Shades of Grey prize bundle worth £1000, the chance for their work to be seen by author E. L. James, and VIP access to an exclusive Fifty Shades of Grey event at the end of the year.

How Do I Win?

The million dollar question. With so many options available to you for what to create, it may be a little overwhelming to work out where to start! To give you a hand, we sat down with our expert judging panel, to find out what they’re looking for, and what advice they have for you.

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What will you be looking for in the competition entries?

To tap into the creativity and energy of lovers who have enjoyed the Trilogy and to discover where their imaginations and desires will take them. Over the years I’ve seen some extraordinary fan art and heard some amazing songs… I can’t wait to see what entrants come up with.

I’m sure we’ll find creators who will not just celebrate Fifty Shades, but show us their own fresh and exciting takes on love, romance and sexual discovery. ‘The next E L James’ won’t be like me – they’ll be themselves, with their own distinctive voice.

Do you have any advice for the entrants?

Be bold – shock yourself. As long as it’s safe, sane and consensual, don’t be afraid to voice the fantasies that give you the deepest thrill. And have fun! If you love what you do, chances are we will love it too!

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What will you be looking for in the competition entries?

I’ll be looking for a fresh way of depicting desire that is seriously arousing without being crass. Ideally it will have a good connection to the core inspirational 50 Shades text without merely imitating it. It will be something that builds on the 50 Shades inspiration in a unique but authentic way. And the medium whether that’s writing, video, sketch etc will be used in a way that’s original, inimitable. If it represents a kind of desire that we don’t get to see or hear much about, all to the good. And finally, something that makes us think about sex and pleasure differently, in a good and progressive way, will get my vote.

Do you have any advice for the entrants?

Be frank but not crude in your depictions of any sex acts. If you are writing, don’t be euphemistic - call body parts what they are, and don’t ‘hide’ things like orgasms by describing thunder breaking, or petals unfurling, for example. Think about how you want the judges to feel when they see your work and never stop asking yourself, is this really a turn-on? Don’t simply copy famous ways of depicting desires or sex with a mere 50 Shades slant on them. Do get in touch with your most inner desires and try and communicate them as honestly and beautifully as possible.

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What will you be looking for in the competition entries?

Authenticity in creation. As an erotic author and sexual wellness content creator, I’ve learned that authenticity is a powerful tool. In your honesty, your creation has a higher chance of striking a chord with your audience. If it excites you, it’s more likely to excite others too.

Do you have any advice for the entrants?

Be bold. Obviously with this competition, the eroticism you depict can’t be too explicit, but don’t be afraid to explore different concepts, even if you’re not sure if it is what people will like. If the global success of Fifty Shades is anything to go by, trust me, you may be surprised by what people like.

Be inspired. Fisty Shades was a cultural reset that took the world by storm for a reason. Take what you loved most about the story and incorporate that into your work. Perhaps you want to build on it or maybe even give it a twist that makes it more exciting for you.

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What will you be looking for in the competition entries?

I’d like to be surprised and delighted with entries that are creatively original and capture the spirit of the books and eroticism overall, rather than just being an extension of the core Fifty Shades of Grey story. Fan fiction and fan art can be great (and let’s not forget that E L James started out writing Twilight fan fiction!), but there’s loads of scope to do more than that.

This doesn’t mean I’m after something complex - for me, entries can be as involved as multi-scene short film or as simple as a one-panel meme. I’d just like to go ‘wow!’ when I see or read the entry.

Do you have any advice for the entrants?

I really think it comes down to communicating what Fifty Shades of Grey and eroticsm mean to you, and illustrating that via a medium you’re at ease with. Words and visual artwork in its many forms are the obvious ways to go, but if you’ve got a good singing voice, for example, why not write a song and send us a video of you performing it? Nothing’s off the table here.

And as per my answer to the previous question, try not to be too derivative.

Fifty Shades of Grey: Your Way entries are open from the 1st of June to the 24th July 2021. For more information on the competition and our incredible judges, click here.

Guest

Written by Guest.

Originally published on 25 Jun 2021. Updated on 25 Jun 2021
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