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Smut Marathon 2019: Voting Round 5

When we started out with this round, there were 54 writers, but in true tradition of the Smut Marathon, writers have withdrawn due to different circumstances. I have said it before and I will say it again: this is all part of the competition. The 50 writers that are now still in the competition, have shown their stamina up to now, and they will all have to work hard to make it to the end line. Not all of them will make it, but ‘m sure all of them will try! May I point you to something else? In the past weeks we have started to introduce the sponsors for this year’s marathon. The sponsors that have already been announced

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Smut Marathon 2019: Voting Round 4

In round 3 there were 63 writers and the same 63 writers received the fourth assignment. Right after the assignment was sent, one writer withdrew from the marathon, and another withdrew about a week before the assignment was due. Another 6 writers didn’t send in their assignments, leaving us with 55 stories for this round, and the unique situation that ALL writers will go through to the next round of the marathon. However, they still need all the votes to accumulate points to go through to the second half of the marathon. Am I alarmed by these numbers? As said before, no, I am not. This is as part of the competition as it is that there are writers who

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Smut Marathon 2019: Voting Round 3

Seventy writers received the third assignment — an assignment that wasn’t easy at all. I try to give assignments in such a way that the writers can practice some element of writing, whether it’s to use alliteration, a metaphor or in this case, to write a story which is almost entirely dialogue. Writing dialogue is a tricky thing, as you have to make sure that your story is in the dialogue, and that the dialogue you do use, moves your story forward. Apart from that, punctuation and dialogue tags are very important too, as the reader might otherwise be confused and not able to follow the story. The assignment The third assignment was as follows: Write an erotic/sexy conversation between

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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: 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 — as writer, reader or jury member — 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 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: 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: 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: 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: Voting Round #6

Twenty-five writers started writing when they received the sixth assignment, and twenty-five writers have sent in a story for this round. You cannot imagine just how happy that makes me! And it makes me even happier to tell you that these writers have all been SO creative with the assignment! The assignment The assignment for round 6 is: “fortune cookie” The story had to be a maximum of 650 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 ‘Finish Survey’ button when you have made your

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