An essential part of the Smut Marathon is the writers. Without writers, the readers will have nothing to read, there won’t be any voting or any kind of competition at all. And, there will be no learning…

Marathon

The Smut Marathon is a writing competition but then again, it’s not. Yes, of course there is a winner in the end, but essentially this marathon is more about the journey through all the rounds, than reaching the end. Before you make the commitment to participate in the Smut Marathon, you have to understand that you will be in this for the long run. If you are one of the lucky ones to make it to the tenth round, most of your year will have been taken up by the Smut Marathon. But, it has so many benefits. It improves your writing, helps you to think out of the box, helps you build a reader base and with it all, you are helping to strengthen the erotic/sex bloggers community.

Writers

You might be thinking that your writing is not good enough or that no one would want to vote for you, but, you are wrong. The writing marathon is for ALL writers, whether you have been writing for years or have only just started out. We are never too old to learn something new and we are also never to old to start out with something new. If you are serious about your writing, whether you are in the phase where you are still trying to find your voice, or at a stage where you want to try something different than you have done before, this marathon is for you.

Writing

There is one essential ‘rule’ to the writing you will do for the Smut Marathon: it has to be erotic! You can combine it with any other genre you want to – romance, horror, sci fi, fantasy – anything really, as long as there’s always something erotic in it. Now I do know that what one finds erotic is not essentially what another finds erotic. Some people find reading an explicit sex scene extremely erotic, where others like to leave more to the imagination and just a hint of eroticism in a story is more than enough.

Rounds

As mentioned before, there are 10 rounds in the Smut Marathon. When you sign on, do realize that you will be ¬†busy with the marathon for quite a long time. It’s not called a marathon for nothing! There are 10 writing rounds and 10 voting rounds. Every writing round is obviously followed by a voting round. Voting rounds always lasts one week, but the length of writing rounds differs, starting out with two rounds of 2 weeks, then two rounds of 3 weeks and then the remaining rounds all last 4 weeks. Voting always starts on a Sunday and ends on the following Saturday.

Assignments

During the course of the Smut Marathon you will get 10 different assignments. Assignments start out with very little words and the further into the marathon, the longer the pieces are you have to write. Don’t be fooled by shorter assignments – they might sound easy, but they might not always be. Assignments might be of the kind where you can just sit down and write a story on a specific subject (sort of like the prompts for Wicked Wednesday) or you might be required to follow specific guidelines, such as that 80% of your text need to be dialog or your text must contain an original metaphor. These specific requirements will always be mentioned in the assignment email, as well as the maximum number of words you are allowed to use.

Voting and Jury

As mentioned earlier, there are 10 voting rounds too. You are never allowed to tell anyone which text you have written, until after a voting round has closed. If we find someone breaking this rule, the writer will be disqualified. The public has to vote for the three stories they find the best, by means of a survey. Besides the public voting, there is also a jury that will rank the stories. Just like the public, the jury members will also not know who has written which story. The jury ranks the top 9 stories with 2-10 points and all the other stories get 1 point. The public vote will be ‘translated’ in the same way to determine the winner of a round.