Smut Marathon 2018: A Reflection

Reflection on the Smut Marathon 2018

The first Smut Marathon is done, and I am looking back on this year with a feeling of intense pride.

Pride for the writers who have taken on the challenge, and who kept on challenging themselves over and over again, even though they knew elimination might lie right around the corner!

Pride for the jury members who have done a great job in judging the stories and for those who have taken the time to write feedback!

Pride for the public who supported the writers and the marathon by reading and voting, even though there was a lot to read!

And last but not least, pride for our sponsors for providing prizes for the winner and two runners up. Without you there wouldn’t have been any prizes at all!

A learning curve

Even though I have run the marathon for the Dutch community for four years, I am not as arrogant to say I know it all. The marathon is a learning curve for all – for the writers, for the jury members, for the public, and yes, also for me. Some assignments worked better than others, and I know that some people dropped out because they had no inspiration or didn’t like the assignment. For that I am sorry, but at the same time there is nothing I can do about it.

I try to give assignments to help people improve their writing, and therefore give restrictions. I know in the first round I asked for a metaphor and their were quite a number of similes sent in. I learned something too in that round! When I said I wanted to see a certain amount of dialog in a story, it’s to help the writers practice with dialog, to make them see how dialog can move the story forward and support the voice of your character. When I asked for a story from the point of view of a sex toy, it wasn’t to trick writers, but because writing from the perspective of an inanimate object is a very good exercise in writing. The same with using an image, or giving the first line of the story or only one word. Most assignments are designed to teach you something, but with all assignments I want you to see the fun of it, to try it. It’s always better to send in something than nothing, because you might just surprise yourself!

The Smut Marathon 2018 has been a learning curve for me as much as it was for everyone else, and so every marathon will be, whether you learn something about your writing or about yourself.

Some changes

Receiving most of the assignments in the last hours before the deadline, and with the voting round having to go live the next day, I sometimes had to bend over backwards to get everything ready. But, I have this secret consultant who listens to everything I say, and she has given me some damn good advice!

So, there will be a slight change in the planning to give me more breathing space. One day that will never feature in the planning anymore, is Saturday. I have given myself Saturdays off. I know, pure indulgence!

The other change is that the writing round will close three days earlier than it did during the 2018 marathon. This will give me more time to work through the entries, acknowledge receipt and get the voting round ready to go live.

So, to summarize:

  • the deadline for writing rounds will always be on a Wednesday;
  • the deadline for the voting round will always be on a Friday;
  • writing rounds and voting rounds always start on a Sunday.

For those who want to participate — entries open on 15 December — and want to jot down the dates in their calendars, please check the planning.

Other than that, the rules stay the same.

There’s only one more change I have to tell you about: the website. Before the start of the Smut Marathon 2019, it will have a new look!

Assignments for 2019

The assignments for 2019 have already been chosen, and no, they will not be the same as that of 2018.

Once again I want to try to make it a learning experience for everyone, but most of all, I want everyone, and I mean EVERYONE to enjoy the marathon!

Jury for 2019

Not only the assignments will be different in 2019, but the jury will change too. The jury members of 2018 have done a great job, but I want to give others who have volunteered a chance to be on the jury too. You will, however, have to wait to see who those members will be!

Your words about the Smut Marathon 2018

Have you written a post in reflection to the Smut Marathon, or any other post about the marathon, you can link it so we have all posts about the 2018 edition in one place. Once the 2019 edition has started, there will be a new linky tool.

Last but not least

THANK YOU!

Thank you, writers, jury members, public and sponsors for making the Smut Marathon possible, and for your continued support.

~ Marie Rebelle

5 comments

  1. Thank you for putting on a great marathon, and thank you for all the work you do in our community. You are always there to push us when we think we can’t do it and to cheer when we do. I am looking forward to the 2019 marathon.

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