Signing up

Every year, on 15 December, the registration will open for the Smut Marathon of the following year. Writers will have roughly a month to sign up for participation.

The participants

  1. The Smut Marathon starts with a minimum of 20 participants.
  2. Each participant must provide the following information:
    • (Writing) name
    • Valid email address
    • A short bio of 50-150 words (links to blog or social media accounts are allowed)
  3. Each participant must stick to the rules of the Smut Marathon. A participant who is in violation of the rules, will be disqualified.

The time path

  1. There are two kinds of ’rounds’ during the Smut Marathon – a writing round and a voting round.
  2. The writing marathon consists of 10 rounds.
  3. Before the start of the first writing round, all participants will receive an email containing the rules and schedule of the Smut Marathon. We will not deviate from the schedule.
  4. At the start of a writing round, participants will be sent an assignment by email. The email will mention the closing date and time for the assignment, as well as the number of words allowed and any other specific requirements.
  5. Participants are not to speak about an assignment until the voting round starts.
  6. During a writing round, one or more reminder emails will be sent to participants who have not yet submitted their stories.
  7. If your story is not sent in on time, you will automatically be disqualified from the Smut Marathon.
  8. The day after the closing date of the writing round, the voting round opens.
  9. Voting is done by means of a survey and in all rounds readers have to choose the best three stories.
  10. The voting round lasts one week and the results will be announced the day after the voting round has closed.
  11. When announcing the outcome of a voting round, we also reveal the authors of the stories.
  12. Depending on the number of participants allowed in a round, the participants with the least amount of points will have to leave the Smut Marathon.
  13. The remaining participants will receive the assignment for the next written round.

The assignments

The first rounds of the Smut Marathon have shorter assignments. As we continue, more words will be allowed, as follows:

  • Rounds 1+2: maximum 50-100 words (depending on the number of participants)
  • Rounds 3+4: maximum 200 words
  • Rounds 5+6: maximum 400 words
  • Round 7: maximum 650 words
  • Round 8: maximum 800 words
  • Round 9: maximum 1000 words
  • Round 10: maximum 1500 words

If a submitted piece doesn’t meet the requirements of the assignment, it will be sent back and the participant will have the opportunity to improve it. This only applies to specific requirements such as the number of words or specific elements that have to be included in the story, for example a minimum percentage of dialog.

Requirements, including the word count, are always mentioned in the assignment email.

The stories

  1. Stories may be in any genre (drama, horror, romantic, comedy), but should always be erotic of nature.
  2. Always check the spelling, grammar, and the use of punctuation marks. Your text will be posted unchanged on the website.
  3. We will not post stories which contain sex with minors, incest or sex with animals.
  4. All stories will be evaluated whether they meet the requirements set in an assignment. If not they will be sent back to the author to be corrected.

The score

  1. The stories are judged by a jury and by the public.
  2. For every round, the public will choose the three stories they like the most.
  3. Like the public, the jury will judge the stories anonymously.
  4. All stories automatically get one point from the jury and one point from the public.
  5. The jury rank the stories in which the 9 best stories get scores from 2 to 10. The best story gets 10 points, the second best 9 points, third best 8 points, etc.
  6. The votes of the public will also be converted to a score in the same manner, where the story with the most votes gets 10 points, second gets 9 points, third gets 8, etc.
  7. Each jury member judges the stories separately. The average score of the jury members is the jury score assigned to the story.
  8. The jury’s score and that of the public are added up and this is the total score awarded to the story.
  9. From round 1 to round 6 we work with a classification, in other words, the scores are added to the scores from the previous round(s). The classification runs from round 1 to 6.
  10. From round 7 the author(s) with the lowest score(s) drop(s) out of the race.
  11. Throughout the Smut Marathon authors may ask others to read and vote, but are never to tell which story they have written. It will be highly appreciated that each author sticks to this rule to make this a fair competition.
  12. The outcome of a voting round is final.

The knockout race

  1. The writing marathon will start when there are at least 20 participants.
  2. If we start out with 20 participants, no participants will be knocked out in rounds 2 and 4.
  3. When there are between 20-30 participants, no one will have to leave the race at the end of round 2.
  4. No one will have to leave the race at the end of rounds 1, 3 and 5 (unless an assignment is sent in on time).
  5. All round have a fixed number of participants:
    • Rounds 1+2: all registered participants
    • Rounds 3+4: 30 participants
    • Rounds 5+6: 20 participants
    • Round 7: 15 participants
    • Round 8: 12 participants
    • Round 9: 8 participants
    • Round 10: 5 participants

Prizes

Each year we will approach sponsors for prizes for the winner(s) of the Smut Marathon.