From Smut Marathon To Blogable Fiction Marathon

Some years ago I was a writer 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 from 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. Many writers started out with the first assignment in February, and the goal was to last until the tenth round in November. Sometimes writers stopped writing, and 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 could not 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 circumstances forced me to stop, following accusations that the marathon was not a safe space.

However, the marathon is not dead.

In 2021 we run a very successful marathon on Blogable, simply called the Blogable Fiction Marathon (BFM). Where the Smut Marathon was only for erotica, the BDM is open to all kinds of fiction.

You can find the editions of the Blogable Fiction Marathon here:

Posts about the marathon:

The logo below will take you to Blogable, where besides the marathon, you will find writing and blogging tips, both technical and practical.

~ Marie A. Rebelle