We’re sure we can think of a clever pickup line to get you interested in this voting round, but then again, we know many people have been waiting for the marathon to start. Where the writers have already started when they received the first assignment, it’s now time for you – the readers – to do your bit. Your input is a very important part of the marathon.
The assignment for round 1 was:
Write an original pickup line
Only ONE sentence, no dialogue
20-50 words, with a title of maximum 2 words
The no dialogue needed a bit of clarification, as what we meant is that we didn’t want any dialogue tags such as ‘he said’ or ‘she said’. We only wanted the sentence.
Short assignments seem very easy, but they mostly are not. Add to that the pitfall of a cheesy pickup line, or one that’s too general, and each writer wanting their pickup line to stand out – and how do you do that? Keeping all this in mind, makes the ‘simple’ assignment of writing a pickup line, suddenly become a lot more challenging.
Readers, what should you do now?
Read all the entries, and vote for the stories you like the best. Try to keep the assignment in mind when you make your choices. You have to choose three stories, no less, no more.
The survey is at the bottom of the page after the last story. Don’t’ forget to click the ‘Finish Survey’ button when you’ve made your choices!
Also, we would love if you can leave the writers some feedback in the comments section below.
- Writers are not allowed to tell anyone which entry they have written!
- You can only vote once. Votes will be monitored and double votes will be removed.
- The voting round closes on Tuesday 27 April 2021 at 23.45 GMT (see the countdown in the sidebar).
- Results of the voting round will be published on this site on 1 May 2021 and then the author of each story will be revealed.
As you can read in the rules, the stories were first sent to the jury, and from their votes the top 70% go through to the public vote. We also add a wildcard, chosen by the Blogable Babes, from the stories that didn’t make the 70% cut. For this round, that would’ve meant 21 stories from the jury cut, and 1 wildcard added to it. Since there were 5 stories at the bottom with the same average jury results, 22 stories from the jury cut made it through to the public voting round, and to that we added our wildcard.
Below you can read all the entries. Those that have not made it through to this, the public vote, have been given a RED title. So reader, please remember you cannot vote for those with a red title in the survey below. But you can vote for 3 of the 23 that made it through.
And who knows, you might just find a pickup line you can use once we are allowed to socialize again!
If you are one of the writers whose story did not get picked in the top 70% by the jury please do not be despondent. Your did receive marks from the jury and they will go through with you to round 2 – all writers are allowed through to the next round.
1. Naughty Nun
You look like just the sort of man the sisters who taught us in our How to keep our vows of celibacy classes at the convent warned us about; I really hope looks aren’t deceiving.
2. No Regrets
You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen and I knew that if I did not come over to introduce myself and ask you for a date, I would forever regret it.
3. Travel Fun
Maybe, I could try book a hotel room, much more comfortable, safer and may I suggest more rewarding than this.
4. An Application
Mistress Mia, in regard to the instruction on your Fetlife profile, here is my submission – I would be honored to serve as your humble slave, dutifully completing all tasks assigned to me and enhancing your pleasure as you see fit.
5. Let’s Go
So shall we go to your place or mine—the furthest stretch of your imagination or the furthest stretch of mine?
6. Brie Yourself
Allow me to explain my fondness for cheese: it’s delicious, it’s welcome at every occasion, and if you’re lucky, the beautiful woman at the end of the bar appreciates its use as a conversation starter.
7. Unjust Infringement
What do you think about [[cough cough]] leaving this crowded bar and finding somewhere a bit more private where we can compare COVID-19 vaccination conspiracy theories, actually see what’s under these masks, and [[cough cough]] talk about this unjust infringement on our civil rights?
8. Thin Ice
I don’t use pick-up lines, because that’s how an insecure man would open a conversation with a woman whose beauty intimidated him and I prefer to break the ice by smashing it with my huge penis.
9. Sincerity Rulz
I beg your pardon; I’m so sorry, but when you went and smiled I completely lost my train of thought.
10. Friday Night
Do you realise, you’ve been tantalising the olive in that empty Martini glass for roughly fifteen minutes straight now, permit me to rectify that?
11. Mom’s Advice
My mom warned me not to invite strangers into my house, but she also said that I should take risks, so why don’t you buy me a drink and get to know me a little better so I don’t feel guilty when I risk taking you home tonight.
12. The Guess
I am sitting here in exquisite suspense, wondering if your name is Oscar because you sure are making me Wilde!
13. Bloody Mary
Hi, will the fact that I accidentally tried to kill you today, keep you from having a drink with me now?
14. S’punk, innit
Excuse me, young man – I don’t know your name so I’m going to call you ‘Spike’ – I’m awfully sorry to bother you but you looked like the sort of man most likely to have a safety pin about his person and I have a troublesome situation with my brassière.
15. Naughty Girl
I hear Good Girls go to heaven and Naughty Girls get a firm spanking; I am not sure I have been a naughty enough girl today, do you think you could help me?
16. Gotta Fever
Hey, baby, have you been tested for Covid, because I’d really love to take you home and probe you tonight.
17. Soaring High
Hey baby, you must be part dragon, because whenever I see you I feel like I’m flying, and you set my heart on fire.
18. First Contact
Across the wide expanse of the cosmos, past bright stars and through vast, glimmering nebulae, we have sent our consciousness, searching at the speed of thought and with the patience of eons, seeking the optimal companion; now we have found you: ideal, perfect, flawless in your brilliance; be with us!
19. Good Things
I think you’ve dealt with a lot of bullshit in your life when you only deserve good things, so I hope you’ll let me be one of them.
20. Tie Me
These sure look well stuffed and ready for a good roasting; would you tie me like one of your pork joints please?
21. Future Adventures
I’m so lucky to have just bought a new journal and pen so I can fill it with the pictures, stories and adventures of our journey, antics and life.
22. Sweet Chance
Please forgive my imposition, but should I miss the chance to speak to you, to know your name perhaps, my mind would forever wonder, whether I had been a fool.
A wise person once told me that everything is predetermined by destiny, so my question is, should we simply fall in love now, or should I take you to dinner first?
24. Seeing You
When I look at you it makes me feel like I am under a ceiling fan with flashing lights and it leaves me speechless, trembling like a seizure patient.
For a long time, I buried my heart’s light beneath layers of pain and anger, but somehow you’ve managed to find a way past my defenses with the simple charm of your brilliant smile and the innocent twinkle of your cerulean eyes.
26. Times Two
Hmm, that Macallan 12 you’re sipping on is pretty good, but my roommate Carmen and I are willing to bet you’d enjoy an entirely more elusive treat — plus a generous pour of their rare Double Cask 18 that we keep back at our apartment.
27. Forgive Me…
I know you want to be left alone because you’ve rejected four guys in twenty minutes, but I can’t help myself because your voice is music to my soul and I’m utterly captivated by your smile; if you don’t respond I’ll leave, but I’ll miss you forever.
28. Luscious Laundry
Excuse me, but how many pegs do you think I will need to hang you on my pick up line?
29. Book ‘em
I once saw a book whose cover intrigued me such, that my fingers itched to caress its bindings, my nose to scent its leaves, and to devote my undivided attention into plumbing its depths … so I’d like to ask: do you like to read?
30. On Fire
Here you are on fire and I have to ask if you have health coverage, because you are giving me a fever!
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