Smut Marathon 2014 – Round 1

Shortly after the Smut Marathon 2013 ended I saw a tweet of Alison Tyler in which she asked players for the Smut Marathon 2014. I did not immediately decide to join, until I saw that one of the other players of 2013 was considering to join again. I decided to give it another go, as the different challenges Alison sets us really is a good writing exercise. It focuses my mind to think only of her challenge, to do it as well as possible and to learn from the other entries too.

In the second half of January we received the first challenge. Alison explains:

What is the Smut Marathon? Well, basically, this is a contest I started in 2009 (I think) in which writers agree to pen a short piece on a theme of my choice every month. There is a poll. Readers vote for their favorites. One (or sometimes more) players are relieved of their duties each round. And we plunge forward to the finale.

The most important thing about this contest is to remember that this is not rocket science. I am simply an editor/writer who likes to play games on her blog. So the rules are all my rules. And I appreciate good sportsmanship over almost everything else.

Which brings us to the rules.

No. No. No. No. No incest. No underage. No bestiality. Even the glimmer of this sort of thing will make me delete your piece. No non-consensual. No unsafe practices. If you are concerned about something you’re penning, drop me a note and I will answer your questions.

So finally. Here we go. For your first assignment, please write an opening line. Yup. That’s it. The opening line to a story you’d like to write. Not one that’s already written. No, cheating. Write an opening line that you think would make readers want to continue along with your story.

How long should the line be? One sweet sentence. Punctuated correctly, s’il vous plais. What else? Send this to me by February 15th. (And if you haven’t hit me with your bio, please do so now. I will be posting the contestants before I post the first round.)

I pondered this sentence for quite time before a sentence started forming in my head. I wrote it down, so not to forget it and then started thinking of other sentences. I wrote down two more, but the first sentence stuck. I just could not come up with anything better. This was my entry:

Kyra looked around to make sure that everything seemed untouched, while she absentmindedly wiped the fresh blood from the knife with a soft white cloth.

On 21 February the results of the voting was announced.

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Results of Smut Marathon 2014 – Round 1
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I had a tied third place and am through to round 2, and curious to see what next challenge Alison sets for the fourteen remaining authors.

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