Smut Marathon 2019: A Reflection

Just like last year when the Smut Marathon 2018 ended and I reflected back on it, I feel pride. Pride and gratitude.

For another year writers have trusted me with their talent and allowed me to send them assignments to which they wrote stories, and a jury and the public had to decide whether those stories were good enough. A competition can be scary, but those writers saw it as an opportunity to develop their writing, and I am proud to say that I have received emails where some writers confirmed how much it had helped them. Thank you for those mails, you know who you are.

I have a huge respect for the five jury members who, throughout the year, sat down to read every entry and then send me their ranked list of favorites. Without the jury members the marathon couldn’t have been done. They look at and judge the stories in a different way than most of the public tend to do, which balances out the points.

Speaking of the public, without their support, the time they take to read the stories and vote, and even sometimes leave feedback, well, without that there wouldn’t have been a Smut Marathon. I still see the platform as a place for writers to showcase their work, to grow as writers, and what better way to do it than with fixed assignments and feedback on their work?

Last but not least, I want to thank our sponsors. The writers have worked hard throughout the year, and it’s nice to be able to offer them prizes at the end of the journey.

Some changes

As I said last year, every marathon is a learning curve for me. I have the wonderful Molly Moore to brainstorm with on the assignments, and what things will work better if it’s changed slightly.

So without further ado, the changes:

  • This one has already been mentioned: the winner of a marathon will not be allowed to participate for one year. After that year, they are welcome to enter the marathon again.
  • I am maximizing the number of entries to 120 per year.
  • If during any round a writers gets 0 votes from the public, this will be translated into 0 points and not the 1 point it has been up to now.
  • During round 1 to 6 the public will be allowed to vote for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 (previously 3) stories.
  • The number of writers that will be allowed in each round has been slightly adjusted for 2020.
  • In 2019 I changed the deadline for the writers to send in their entries to midnight on the Wednesday, but as from 2020 the deadline will be 12 hours earlier, at NOON on the Wednesday. This fits in better with my working schedule and allows me more time to work on the entries (as most writers send it in shortly before the deadline) and getting the voting round ready for both the jury and the public.

Smut Marathon 2020

After brainstorming with Molly, there is a new set of ten challenges for the Smut Marathon 2020, and these assignments once again are chosen to make the Smut Marathon a mixture of learning more about your own writing and having fun. The assignments differ from those of the previous marathons.

There’s a new jury for the Smut Marathon 2020, and those jury members will be announced before the entries for the 2020 edition closes. Speaking of the entries, please keep an eye on the site as the entries open on 15 December 2019. If you want to block the most important dates of the Smut Marathon 2020, please check the planning. If you don’t know whether you should enter, please read the experiences of others from the 2018 and 219 editions to see what you can expect.

Your words about the Smut Marathon 2019

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 2019 edition in one place. Please remember that you can only link your posts until 31 December 2019.

Once the 2020 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

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