Just like the writers, the readers are an important part of the Smut Marathon. Without the readers, the writers’ words will not be read and they will not learn anything or be able to improve their writing.

Marathon

The Smut Marathon is quite a commitment for the writers, but also for the readers, as they have to come back round after round to read the stories and choose the best three. Sometimes it’s quite a lot of reading you have to do, which is one of the reasons we start out with shorter assignments in the beginning of the marathon when there are still a lot of writers, and the stories get longer as the writers get less.

Readers & Feedback

When reading a story, we ask the readers to keep the assignment in mind and choose the three stories you think has completed the assignment the best. However, we know that some readers just read all the stories and choose the three they find the hottest, whether they have followed the assignment or not. The most important thing is that the stories are being read and votes are being cast. What we do like to ask of the readers, is for them to take a short moment to give some feedback on the stories. You can decide for yourself whether you give feedback on all the entries, or only on some of them – maybe the three you have chosen. The writers need the feedback to know where they can improve, what worked for the reader and what not.

Voting

Voting is done by means of a survey, where the readers can choose the three stories they liked the best. Each reader can vote once, and behind the scenes we keep an eye on the voting to make sure that this is what happens. Once a voting round closes, we round up all the votes and ‘translate’ them into the same numbers the jury has given, in other words: the story with the most votes get 10 points, the second most 9 points, etc. This is the way we determine which writers go through to the next round, by adding up the points of the jury and the public.