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Smut Marathon 2019: Results round 2

The assignment for the second round proved to be more difficult than that of the first round. Something that will always be part of the marathon, is to ask writers to continue what other writers have written. It sound easy enough, but fact is that you have to study the other entries. Is it written in the first person narrative or the third? What tense is used? Does the other writer’s style seem the same as yours, or will you be able to continue the story in the same style as it has been written? What about the subject? Is it something you can write about. See, there are so many questions to consider, but all these things are basic.

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The story continues...

Smut Marathon 2019: Voting Round 2

Only two weeks ago the 102 writers who sent in stories for round 1, received the second assignment. It wasn’t an easy one. Having to start your story with something someone else has written, is never easy, but it is a good exercise in developing your own writing style, or to write something totally opposite from what you are used to do. The assignment The second assignment of the marathon is following another ‘tradition’ of the Smut Marathon: expanding on the words of others. The second assignment was: Use one of the entries from round 1 (not your own) to expand on what happens next. Specific requirements – mention the number and title of the story you use from round

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Smut Marathon 2019: Results round 1

When I started the Smut Marathon last year, I was already dreaming of the next edition (and the next, and the next), and here we are, at the end of the first round of the second edition. This year it’s a bit more work than last year’s, not only for me but also for the jury members, and I am thinking about maximizing the number of entries in 2020. But, we’re not going to think about that just now! Writers, just like last year, I want to address you here… by now you have probably read the feedback on your entry and if you have read feedback you donโ€™t like, please donโ€™t let that unsettle you. Turn it into something

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I still remember the first time I saw you

Smut Marathon 2019: Voting Round 1

The race is on again! For the writers the marathon started in all earnest the moment they received the first assignment, and today it starts for all readers and voters: the very first voting round of the Smut Marathon 2019! If you haven’t been part of the Smut Marathon 2018 โ€” as writer, reader or jury member โ€” please read through what is expected of you during a voting round. If you have been part of last year’s edition of the Smut Marathon, you might want to read through this anyway, as there has been some changes. The assignment In the true tradition of the Smut Marathon, the first assignment never is an easy one, although I think many writers

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Smut Marathon Writers

Smut Marathon 2019: The Writers

Less than two months ago, on 2 December 2018, we announced the winner of the Smut Marathon 2018, and here we are, read to introduce the participants of the Smut Marathon 2019! We started the 2018 edition with 87 writers, and I am proud to announce that this year we have 116 writers who have signed up for the challenge. People who know me a bit, know I love statistics, and of course I have done so again: 26 of the writers of the first edition of the Smut Marathon have returned for the 2019 edition; 90 writers are new to the Smut Marathon; up to now I have a total of 177 writers on my list, the names of

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Smut Marathon 2019

Smut Marathon 2019: Enter now!

Only two weeks ago the Smut Marathon 2018 ended, and here we are, kicking off the next edition of the marathon! You can now enter for the Smut Marathon 2019! Before you enter, let me point out some things to you. The most important rule! Probably the MOST important thing of all is that you are not allowed to share anything of your entry until after the results of a voting round has been published. This rule is to keep the competition fair to all participants, and I urge you to abide by it, as breaking this rule can result in disqualification. Assignments A tip I always give in all my assignment mails, is to start writing as soon as

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Reflection on the Smut Marathon 2018

Smut Marathon 2018: A Reflection

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

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We have a winner for the Smut Marathon 2018!

Smut Marathon 2018: The Winner!!!

I sit here, staring at a blank screen and just one thought keeps on repeating in my mind: the Smut Marathon 2018 is really over. I can hardly believe it! I have mixed feelings about this: a tinge of sadness, a moderate out of satisfaction and I am so proud I could burst. Proud of all the writers from beginning to end for doing an excellent job; proud of the jury members for all their hard work, proud of the public support for the marathon and yes, also a bit proud of myself for running this. I have said before and I will say again: there will be a 2019 edition of the Smut Marathon. Entries will open on 15

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Smut Marathon 2018: Final Voting Round

Oh gosh! Seriously! I can’t believe this is the final round of the very first Smut Marathon! For four years I have done this for the Dutch community, and here I am, looking back on a year of BRILLIANT stories. There are no words to describe just what the Smut Marathon means to me. Just yesterday, Liza Daen (friend and jury member) asked me why I do the marathon. Okay, this was not about the Smut Marathon, but about me thinking of hosting a Dutch marathon again, but the answer still applies to the Smut Marathon too. She wanted to know what the marathon brings me. My answer was: it’s giving people a platform to showcase their writing, but also

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Smut Marathon 2018: Results round 9 (Semi-finals)

This is always the best and the worst moment of every round of the Smut Marathon – announcing the results are good, but knocking people out is terrible. Even more so, now, in the semi-finals. It’s just terrible to have to tell people that they have just not made it to the final round. However, that is the nature of the competition, and remember, there will always be next year (more about that at the end of this post). For now, let’s get on with the official result of the semi-final voting round! Authors The Stranger – Violet Read to Me – Cara Thereon Stag Beetle – Charlie Powell Cabin Fever – Marsha Adams A Storm Is Coming – Annie

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