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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Smut Marathon 2018: Semi-Final Voting Round

Only 10 writers remained for the semi-finals of the Smut Marathon 2018. They had four weeks to complete an assignment, and only seven of those will receive the assignment for the final round. You, the readers, can help to decide who will be the finalists for this edition of the Smut Marathon. The assignment Start your story with these words: The wind howled around the corners of the cabin… Stories had to be a maximum of 1500 words. What should you do now? Read all entries – you have a week to do so – and vote for the three stories you like best. You have to vote for three – no less, no more. Don’t forget to click the

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Smut Marathon 2018: Results round 8

The assignment for the quarter finals was to write about two strangers stuck in a confined space, and to use dialogue to tell the story. All writers really did a good job, thinking out of the box to make their stories stand out. Like in previous round, this round too I kept a close eye on the results to monitor who was in the danger zone, and was surprised to see the same names popping up from the beginning,. I will give you some insight in that later on in this post. Let’s first get to the official part of this round. Authors Say It Out Loud – Exhibit A The Best Laid Plans – Brigit Delaney It’ll cost you

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Smut Marathon 2018: Voting Round #8

Fifteen writers entered the eighth round – the quarter finals – when they received the assignment on 19 August. It seemed easy enough, but the challenge was to change a seemingly simple assignment into a story that will capture your reader’s attention. You, as the readers, may decide whether the writers have succeeded in the challenge by reading the fourteen stories below and voting for the three you like best. The assignment A man and a woman (strangers to each other) are stuck in a lift for hours. What happens while they are there? What do they say? What do they do? Please use at least 30% of dialogue in your story and for this round no scenes that can

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Smut Marathon 2018: Results round 7

Round 7 is the first round of the Smut Marathon where writers receiving the least points (jury and public combined) are knocked out of the Smut Marathon. Since only 15 writers go through to round eight (which officially is the quarter final), it means that three writers are knocked out in this round. During the voting round, each time I got the votes from the jury members, I took the standings of the public votes and that of the jury, and checked who where at the bottom of the rankings. Three writers remained at the bottom until the last jury member’s votes came in. Then, one person was ‘saved’ from elimination and allowed to go through to the quarter finals.

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Smut Marathon 2018: Voting Round #7

We have reached the seventh voting round of the Smut Marathon 2018, and the first round where we don’t work with a points classification anymore, but where writers with the least points (jury and public combined) at the end of this voting round, will be knocked out. We started off with twenty writers, but only eighteen has sent in their assignments, which means three writers will not go through to round eight. The assignment Write a story where this image by Molly Moore is your inspiration. This means that somewhere in your story there should be a mention of this image. How the writers mentioned the image was totally up to them, whether they used the scene in the image

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Smut Marathon 2018: Results round 6

With round 6, we have reached the last round of the classification, where writers could accumulate points to help them through to the elimination rounds (rounds 7 -10) of the Smut Marathon. As from round 7, those with the least votes will be knocked out of the race. The number of writers per round is as follows: Round 7: 20 Round 8: 15 Round 9: 10 Round 10: 7 This means that today, five writers will leave the Smut Marathon. I am proud of each and every writer in the marathon, of those who go through but also those who are knocked out. There are some writers that have shown such a huge growth from the moment they started in

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