The former Smiths frontman, lauded for his lyrics in a career spanning three decades, received mixed reviews for his lightweight fictional debut, List Of The Lost, published by Penguin.
Judges cited a scene between American track relay runner, Ezra, and his girlfriend, Eliza, in which the couple “rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation”, later describing his “bulbous salutation”.
Morrissey, whose solo hits include ‘We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful’ and ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’, is the 23rd winner of the not-so-prestigious prize, awarded by the Literary Review magazine to spotlight “poorly written, perfunctory or redundant” passages of sexual description.
The winner was announced at a ceremony in London, though Morrissey, an animal rights campaigner and anti-monarchist, was not present.
Past recipients include Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe.