Wanna know how rubbish I am? One month ago I signed up to take part in Smutathon 2017, and I’m only telling y’all about it now. That might mean little to you at this stage. But I’m hoping that, by the time you finish reading this post, you’ll see how important this is. And also why I feel like such a twat for not putting it out there before now.
So, what is Smutathon, I hear you ask.
In a nutshell, it’s a charity event, and the brainchild of my fellow sex blogger, Coffee&Kink. Very soon, smut writers from all over the UK – in fact, all around the world – are coming together to raise money for the following two worthy causes (all info is in the respective site’s own words, which speak for what they do far better than anything I could say):
Rape Crisis England & Wales is a feminist organisation that exists to promote the needs and rights of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, to improve services to them and to work towards the elimination of sexual violence.
Rape Crisis England & Wales is the national umbrella body for our network of autonomous member Rape Crisis Centres across England and Wales and was set up to support their specialist work. We also raise awareness and understanding of sexual violence in the wider community and with local, regional and national government.
We currently have 44 member Rape Crisis organisations, providing services in 56 locations across England and Wales.
Backlash is an organisation providing academic, legal, and campaigning resources defending freedom of sexual expression. We support the rights of adults to participate in all consensual sexual activities and to watch, read and create any fictional interpretation of such in any media.
Backlash was created in 2005 to collate evidence for an informed debate on censorship and to oppose criminalisation of ownership of material just because the Home Office finds it abhorrent.
It continues to provide legal advice and defend those caught up in these new laws, raise awareness about why the laws are wrong, won’t work, and have unintended consequences.
So, what do we need from you? Donations. We need donations, people. We have a target of £2,000 and we need your sponsorship to help us reach it.
Between the hours of midday and midnight on Saturday 1st of July, some of your favourite peddlers of filth will take to their keyboards or pick up their pens and launch themselves into an intensive sex writing challenge. A number of them are getting together is person and the rest of us are doing our own thing in our own creative spaces, but all will be live-tweeting our progress, pitfalls and pitched fits using the hashtag #Smutathon2017. Follow it and keep up to date with who is doing what.
You’ll likely see the fruits of our labours popping up as blog posts, sexy short stories, maybe even excerpts of up and coming novels, and there’s even the potential for a brand spanking new anthology being born of it, too.
For my part, I’m gonna challenge myself to write 8,000 words. That equates to four short stories, and they’ll all be published right here on Scandarella in the days that follow Smutathon. Expect to see a couple of past characters popping back up for some sexy shenanigans, as well as some new faces.
So, that’s that, really. Please click the above banners to check out the two causes who need our support, and once you’ve done that click the below and go sponsor us. Your donation will be most appreciated by Backlash and Rape Crisis England & Wales, and I’ll love ya long-time.