Smut Marathon 2019: The Winner!!!

It’s with a feeling of intense pride and gratitude that I start writing this post. The second annual Smut Marathon is over, and the entries for the third is about to open. All assignments for the Smut Marathon 2020 have been determined, and in two weeks the entries will open.

But, this post is about the last round of the Smut Marathon 2019, and of course everyone want to know who the winner is. Before I get there, there are other things that need to be mentioned first.

Thank you!

I want to thank everyone who has participated this year to make the marathon a success. And I mean, everyone — the writers, the judges, the sponsors, the public, people who took the time to give feedback on the stories, and those who promoted the voting rounds on their social media. Without all of you, the marathon would not have been the success it is.

A special thank you goes to Molly Moore, who is my soundboard for the assignments, and helps me to put together a challenging race.

The Smut Marathon 2019 anthology

As you know, one of the prizes for each Smut Marathon is publication in the Smut Marathon anthology. The stories of the winner and two runners up will be in the book, but the judges and myself will choose stories from all the rounds of the marathon to include in the book. Authors of the selected stories will receive an email about publication, so please keep an eye on your inboxes!

And this reminds me, if you haven’t done so yet, make sure you order the Smut Marathon 2018 anthology!

The Smut Marathon 2020

If you look at the sidebar, you will see the countdown to the date when the entries for the 2020 edition of the Smut Marathon opens. Keep an eye on that, or circle 15 December 2019 in your planners, as the entries will open then!

For now, let’s get on with the final result of the Smut Marathon 2019!

Authors

1. Blueprint of Love – Hyacinth Jones
2. The Tea Planter’s Wife – Cousin Pons
3. Unfinished Business – Marsha Adams
4. Hanging On – Carolyna Luna
5. Silencing the Screams – bluesubmission
6. Killer Cruise – Jennie Talia

Public vote

During the voting round I keep track of all the votes, and when I see irregularities or strange patterns, I take action. The action can either be a warning to a writer, the elimination of a vote or the disqualification of a writer. I do give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but will not tolerate any cheating. Please note that the rules clearly say: one vote per person.

That said, let’s get down to the result of the public vote.

In total 40 legitimate votes have been received (you can see the voting in the images below).

The result of the public vote for this round is as follows:

Winner: Blueprint of Love by Hyacinth Jones
First runner up: Hanging On by Carolyna Luna
Second runner up: Silencing the Screams by bluesubmission

Jury vote

Each jury member sends in their votes individually. These votes are added up and divided by 5 to get to a jury results.

The result of the jury vote for the final round is as follows:

Winner: Silencing the Screams by bluesubmission
First runner up: Hanging On by Carolyna Luna
Second runner up: Unfinished Business by Marsha Adams

This is the result for the jury votes:

Author Story title Jury 1 Jury 2 Jury 3 Jury 4 Jury 5 Jury result
bluesubmission Silencing the Screams 10 10 7 9 9 9,0
Carolyna Luna Hanging On 7 9 9 10 7 8,4
Marsha Adams Unfinished Business 9 7 6 7 8 7,4
Jennie Talia Killer Cruise 8 8 8 6 6 7,2
Hyacinth Jones Blueprint of Love 6 6 10 8 5 7,0
Cousin Pons The Tea Planter’s Wife 5 5 5 5 10 6,0

Overall results round 10

The public votes and that of the jury are added up to get to the end result for the round. Normally I list the stories with the winner of the round at the top, but this time I am listing the stories in the order they were presented in the voting round.

Building suspense…

No Author Story title Jury result Public result Final result
1 Hyacinth Jones Blueprint of Love 7,0 10,0 17,0
2 Cousin Pons The Tea Planter’s Wife 6,0 7,0 13,0
3 Marsha Adams Unfinished Business 7,4 8,0 15,4
4 Carolyna Luna Hanging On 8,4 9,0 17,4
5 bluesubmission Silencing the Screams 9,0 9,0 18,0
6 Jennie Talia Killer Cruise 7,2 6,0 13,2

*drum roll*

*drum roll*

*drum roll*

Congratulations

Congratulations to bluesubmission on winning the Smut Marathon 2019, and of course also to the two runners up, Carolyna Luna and Hyacinth Jones.

Not only these three writers deserve congratulations, but also the other three writers do, as they have written exciting and entertaining ‘whodunnit’ stories and have also made it through the marathon! You are all amazing, and I really hope to see you back for the 2020 edition!

Sponsors & Prizes

I want to thank our sponsors — Eroticon, Godemiche, Resonance Press, Tabitha Rayne & Ruby Glow, Sheets of San Francisco, ElectraStim and Satisfyer — for the prizes they have provided for the Smut Marathon 2019. The marathon is even more exciting because of the prizes you have provided!

The prizes will be sent out to the winners as soon as possible; that is, after some behind-the-scenes administration has been done.

Fun fact

I keep track of all the votes by both the jury and the public in an Excel sheet, and even though the accumulation of points stop after the sixth round, I continue to calculate the points the writers have accumulated. The rankings after ten rounds, of the top 25 and including those who didn’t make it to the final, are as follows:

Placement Writer Total points Last round participated
1 Marsha Adams 110,2 Round 10
2 bluesubmission 97,6 Round 10
3 Hyacinth Jones 84,8 Round 10
4 Carolyna Luna 83,4 Round 10
5 Exhibit A 81,0 Round 9
6 Jordan Monroe 77,8 Round 9
7 Andra Ashe 75,4 Round 9
8 Zebra Rose 71,6 Round 9
9 Jennie Talia 69,8 Round 10
10 Cousin Pons 64,8 Round 10
11 Sienna Walker 61,8 Round 9
12 Drew Stone 61,6 Round 9
13 The Other Livvy 59,6 Round 8
14 Jade Melisande  57,8 Round 7
15 Lord Byron’s Ghost 57,6 Round 8
16 Jack Stratton 55,4 Round 9
17 Jo Henny Wolf 53,6 Round 7
18 Chloe Sheila 49,0 Round 7
19 Floss Liddell  48,0 Round 7
20 Annie Savoy 47,4 Round 8
21 Patricia Ray 45,4 Round 8
22 Gwen Culver 43,2 Round 7
23 E.L. Byrne 42,4 Round 7
24 Jade Greene 36,4 Round 7
25 Wriggly Kitty 34,8 Round 5

Write about it

If you have participated in the marathon, I would highly appreciate it if you could write a post about it, as your words can help others out there to decide to sign up for the marathon, and give their writing a boost. If you do write about it, or have written about it in the past, please link your post, so all posts can be accessed in one place. Thank you!

So that’s it!

Once more I want to thank everyone who has made the Smut Marathon possible — writers, jury members, sponsors, and last, but not least, the public!

I wish everyone a wonderful, festive month, and even though it’s a bit early, a very good 2020! See you all back then (or sooner)!

~ Marie Rebelle
Image by TeroVesalainen from Pixabay

7 Replies to “Smut Marathon 2019: The Winner!!!

  1. Many congratulations to all the winners, yes all the winners because every one of the participants is a winner in one way or another.
    It has been a pleasure to read the fantastic entries every round, and the best part is, another smut marathon starts very soon!

  2. When I judge a round of stories, I do my first reading cold, without any intention of writing anything down. I read quickly and just let whatever strikes me sit and sink in. When I return to the stories, I start with whichever ones were unforgettable. The ones I remember most are either those I loved for some reason or ones I really disliked. In this case, I only had 6 stories to choose from, and they were much longer than normal.

    “Hanging On” stuck with me. It had a nice set up that smoothly introduced tension in the first paragraph. I also liked the transitions from present day to flashback; they were seamless. The sex scene was woven in and felt naturally placed. It didn’t seem forced into the story to meet the demands, and it worked to build background and character. It gave me a sense of who these people were rather than just attempting to turn the reader on. It was functional and necessary to the story. I like how it pulls the details back in for a satisfying end even though the conflict is not resolved. Nicely done. The writer doesn’t force an entire story to meet the word count, but rather tells just enough to make it feel like a complete part with possibility for more. While I wasn’t terribly surprised by the ending, I liked that the story was both erotic and met the needs of the prompt without feeling forced to meet its demands.

    My second choice was “Silencing the Screams.” The transitional repetition of “Rose screamed” made was a nice connector. The build of the story had me lulled into believing I knew where it was going…that it was an accidental death during a BDSM scene. It would have explained why the suspect was in such pain over the loss. So, I was genuinely surprised by the ending. While “Hanging On” struck me as a better story overall, this one was more creative with the plot. I could easily have given them both 10 points, but chose the former simply because I liked it better.

    “The Tea Planter’s Wife” (though it had a solid set up where the setting, characters, and situation were clearly defined) felt disjointed to me. It read like a classic mystery novel, but it jumped around a lot, and the sex scenes seemed forced in. The last line tries to make a connection and ties things back together, but it feels ill-placed. This story just didn’t hold my interest and felt more like a recap or retell that a story toward the end.I struggled to follow the transitions and it began to feel tedious as a result. (rank: 6)

    “Unfinished Business” boasts a very classic style and story set up. It fits the genre nicely. The dialogue keeps the story going and provides momentum, which pulled me along, even if I didn’t feel the writing was particularly amazing. I also felt the confession was to quick and easy, leaving me a bit disappointed in the end. (rank: 4)

    “Killer Cruise” didn’t fair much better for me. It was fairly successful with dialogue, but it came across like a melodramatic Agatha Christie novel. There wasn’t enough action, and I lost focus about half way through…skimming ahead hoping for something more exciting to happen, but it never did. (rank: 5)

    I liked how “Blueprint of Love” started out. It had a nice concise set up, crisp, clean sentence structure, and wasted no time putting me in the action. The metaphors were a bit of a stretch, and the adjectives made the descriptions of sex seem a bit “purple” (overdone). Nothing about the surprise ending was a surprise. It was my third choice.

    As always, I very much thank the writers for giving this their all! What an accomplishment to make it all the way to the final round! I am honored to have been a jury member and look forward to continuing in this capacity next year!

  3. Well done on running another great marathon competition -it has fantastic knock-on effects. My partner -May More- got such a lot of valuable experience out of competing in 2018. I would strongly recommend writers old and new to have a go in 2020 – the discipline of writing to order and to deadlines works wonders for your skills. Roll on the next one!

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