Smut Marathon

Some years ago I participated in the Smut Marathon ran by Alison Tyler. When she stopped with it, I asked permission to use it for the Dutch writing community, which she granted. The Dutch writing marathon – Schrijfmarathon – ran for 4 years (from 2014 to 2017), when I decided to stop with the Dutch writing group I had been running for 5 years.

In 2018 I started the Smut Marathon, once more with permission from Alison Tyler. You see, even though I have developed the Schrijfmarathon into something different than Alison’s original Smut Marathon, the idea was hers and so I wanted her permission to continue with it.

The marathon was for everyone, no matter what level of writing experience they had. A large number of writers started out with the first assignment in February, and the goal was to last until the tenth round in November. Sometimes writers decided to drop out, but others were knocked out when they didn’t accumulate enough points through the jury and public votes. By the last round between 5-8 writers competed to win the marathon.

Both the jury and the public didn’t know who the authors of the stories were when they voted, and the one ground rule of the marathon was that the writers were not allowed to disclose which story they have written. This was to make the competition a fair one, and not a popularity contest.

I ran the Smut Marathon for 2018, 2019 and half of 2020. Sadly in 2020 I was forced to stop, following accusations that the marathon was not a safe space.

However, the marathon is not dead. Details are being worked on, and it will be back. Thank you for everyone who has always been supportive of the marathon!

In the meantime there is another project I want to point your attention to: the Blogable Club. This is a member-based site – completely free – where we give technical and non-technical advice about blogging, writing and more. There are forums where you can post your questions, or you can chat with other members. Everything on the site is free, and if you have any advice you want to share, please get in contact with us for a guest post. The logo below will take you to the site.

~ Marie A. Rebelle