'Unconventional Courtship' is a panfandom fic fest where you write and post a 1000w+ fic based on a M&B/Harlequin plot. Fics will be posted to this community, staggered through April 2015 (from the 1st to the 31st).
How to play:
It's as simple as:
1. Sign up! All you need to do is comment on this post with the day you want to post your fic. You can tell me which summary/pairing you're going with, but you don't have to. You can also ask me to assign you a summary, if you want. (You don't need a Dreamwidth to play - just comment with OpenID, although you will need to ask me to post your fic on the com. If you are on DW, please follow the community!)
2. Choose a M&B/Harlequin summary (or two etc) - we have hundreds of suggestions here, but there are literally thousands. You can write more than one fic, if you want. You can also combine prompts, if you like.
3. Replace the names (and pronouns if necessary) with the names (and pronouns) of the pairing of your choice. Any any all fandoms and pairings are welcome in this fest.
You can also replace place names and jobs as long as you keep to the spirit of the prompt. So, if you want to write Kirk/Spock, but you don't want to write a modern day AU, you could replace 'the Sahara desert' with 'a desert planet' and Kirk wouldn't need to be the boss at a law firm, he could be the boss... in the sense that he's the captain.
4. Write a fic based on your altered summary. You can take the prompt seriously or use it as an improbable basis for lols.
4.5. Pimp the fest far and wide. I'm only going to post to coms that I'm already a member of, so it is up to you - the players! I've re-uploaded the make-your-own banners and of course you can use any that I've already made. But please do pimp where ever you think would be appropriate.
5. Post the fic to this community on your assigned day. Use the header provided.
You can also post to our AO3 collection, but please post to the com whatever you do, and please post to the com first.
We ran this fest last year, so you can see some examples of Unconventional Courtship fic by looking through the collection, or earlier in the com.
Any questions? Leave a comment or PM me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. All fics must be over 1,000 words long.
2. You must use a modified Mills & Boon and/or Harlequin summary.
3. You don't have to use a beta, but it is strongly advised.
4. Please use the following header (or similar - the AO3 share function is fine) when you post to the community:
5. Please post on your assigned day. If you can't for whatever reason, please let me know either by PM or email email@example.com
6. You can use this fic for another challenge i.e. trope_bingo
7. You can sign up for any day you like, but if it is possible for you to sign up for a day that nobody else is interested in then that'd be best of all.
( Days for posting )
If you have questions, feel free to ask! And/or consult the FAQs from last year, which are still mostly accurate.
Pairing/Characters: Kerr Avon/Roj Blake, Servalan, Verlis
Fandom: Blake's 7
Word Count: 7000
Summary: Bound in chains, enslaved rebel Roj Blake stands proud in the Domo slave market. As a warrior, he's trained in the art of survival.
Alpha computer tech Kerr Avon is betrothed to be married--against his will. Catching sight of the magnificent Blake, he finds a rebellious half plan forming in his mind. Avon can offer this captured rebel freedom in return for his hand in marriage!
On AO3 | On DW
( 2014 Masterlist )
And check out the unconventionalcourtship random prompt generator! It's great fun.
Announcing: the Unconventional Courtship Random Pairing Generator!
We all know it can be a terrible nuisance to spend hours ploughing through Mills and Boon's website, or even the helpfully-collated list of prompts, muttering "What was she thinking?" or "Is he mad or just plain daft?". Now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can let your computer take the strain, and have the dream prompt in seconds.
Just click here for prompts into which sophisticated algorithms have automatically substituted the perfect* pairing! Marvel as characters from nine fandoms fall prey to stirring passion and forbidden love!
Do please comment if you've got suggestions for more fandoms, or want to share your favourite generated prompt(s).( Some freshly-minted samples )
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Summary: Reno has a broken heart and thinks there's only one way to mend it; he plans to seduce Tseng and then jilt him. But he doesn't expect to find it so difficult to walk away...
Notes: Somehow, my brain took this prompt and ran away with it, making the fic that much longer than I had planned! So, here's a first chapter and I hope to have the rest up in a timely manner. Feel free to subscribe on AO3 to be notified of an update!
Link: On LJ | On AO3
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: PG-13 (so far - eventual NC-17)
Summary: He’s innocent – he wants him!
Loki’s life might be quiet, and lived in a secluded village, but that’s essential if he’s to put his turbulent past behind him. However, his new-found stability is threatened with the arrival of Prince Thor...
Thor is tall, strong and...dangerous – and he wants the mysterious Loki. His touch leaves him aching for more, but he knows he’d be playing with fire. And there are just some things that he can’t tell him without opening a can of worms.
But how long can he resist Thor’s brand of searing, exotic seduction...?
Notes: This isn't complete, yet, but the first chapter is up if you fancy following it. I'm also using this as a fill for the 'AU: Romance Novel' prompt on my trope_bingo card.
Link: Read on Ao3 and LJ
Fandom: Sunday Without God
Summary: Rescuing a stranded mother and baby from a raging blizzard hadn't been part of Julie Sakuma Dmitriyevich’s plans. Yet he couldn't abandon Scar, and he ended up getting snowed in with her, tasting those fiery kisses. She was all wrong for him, so why did she feel so right in his arms?
Notes: Based on Summary #78, Between Strangers by Linda Conrad, from here.
Link: Read on Dreamwidth | Read on AO3
Pairing/Characters: Audrey Parker/Duke Crocker
Length: 6,000 words
Summary: Duke Crocker thinks he has life just the way he wants it—until those around him start meddling.
Notes: For Tanaqui. Notes at the end of the story.
Link: Ao3 | Private archive | DW fic journal
Firstly - thank you so much to everyone who's submitted their fic so far! Lots of really great summaries, and a wide variety of different fandoms and pairings. Excellent stuff.
Secondly - I know there are only a few days left, but it's worth saying anyway - don't worry if you can't make your assigned date for whatever reason. This was always a very informal fest. If you haven't finished, you can either:
- post what you have
- hold back until you're ready, and then post to the comm/the AO3 collection when you're done
Whatever is most convenient for you.
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Summary: Captain James T. Kirk needs to produce a mate for his treaty negotiations with the Tlaraaw to go without a hitch, and according to Commander Spock's computer simulations, Dr. McCoy is the only person compatible enough to pull it off. Starfleet needs this treaty, and Kirk swears he’ll be the perfect gentleman. Keeping their hands on each other in public turns out to be surprisingly easy. It’s keeping them off in private that becomes the problem. And that’s not the only very inconvenient complication…
Notes: Written using summary #45, "Wife For A Week." No content notes apply.
Link: On DW || On AO3
Fandom: Marvel Comics
Pairing/Characters: Ororo Munroe/Thor
"Who are you?"
After three months of travelling, all Thor Odinson wants to do is sink into his own bed. The last thing he expects is to find a stark-naked woman already there….
Ororo Munroe wasn't anticipating company either. Thor may be six feet four inches of pure muscle and boast a disturbingly sexy smile, but a fortnight in the South of France is the one thing standing between Ororo and her sanity—and she's not about to give it up without a fight!
Because Ororo plays to win. The problem? Thor does, too. And with only one bed between them, things are about to get interesting….
Notes: Major thanks to Vonn for looking over this story for me and to my followers and friends on tumblr that put up with me wailing about everything from the ship itself to characterization worries. Based on the book Holiday With a Stranger by Christy McKellen.
Link: AO3 + Tumblr
Pairing/Characters: Loki/Tony, Nick Fury, Odin, Thor, Frigga, Other Avengers Characters (later), Original Characters (to fill character slots)
Rating: Explicit (eventually)
Length: Chapter 1/?, Currently 1,685 words
Summary: A promise between the kings of Midgard and Asgard means that the crowned princes are pushed into an arranged marriage. Of course, the Midgardian prince ends up...indisposed. Thankfully, Tony Stark, owner of Stark Enterprises, is hired on for a very important duty. After all, he looks just like the prince and, with some training, he can easily fulfill the prince's courting duties for a while. Since Tony discovers that Crown Prince Loki is pretty much everything he looks for in a guy, he might even enjoy it.
Notes: Based off of the summary for prompt #58:The Counterfeit Princess by Raye Morgan.
Fandom: Merlin (BBC)
Pairing/Characters: Guinevere / Arthur, Elena / Percival
Length: ~17K (for now)
Summary: Rescued from the stormy waters of the Ealdor Seas, Arthur Pendragon, son of the King of Camelot faced a new threat aboard the ship Excalibur. Captain Guinevere Thomas, the notorious pirate, brazenly offered the young prince a deal of mutual pleasure. Gripped by their insistent mutual passion, he was swept by waves of desire he had never known, and was powerless to resist her. Even as he returned to Camelot and the marriage that had been arranged for him, he still trembled with memories of those days and nights of forbidden passions, and of the woman whose love would forever hold his heart captive.
Notes: Many thanks to Jhing, Ancel and Longjackets for their constant encouragement. This is a WIP but it should be completed soon. Based on the book Bound by the Heart.
Pairing/Characters: Niles Crane/Daphne Moon
Wanted: wife for one week
Notes: Based on the Mills & Boon book of the same title by Kelly Hunter
Link: Wife for a Week
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe/Captain America
Pairing/Characters: Steve Rogers/Maria Hill; Avengers ensemble
Rating: PG-13/Teen & Up
Summary: An Independent Woman— Dean Maria Hill has always stood on her own two feet, but lately Professor Steve Rogers is always on hand with a perfect solution to every problem. And now, when she loses her home to flooded pipes, he sweeps her off her feet with an irresistible proposal - living with him!
Link: a home in your mind
Fandom: Persuasion - Jane Austen
Pairing/Characters: Anne Elliot, Frederick Wentworth
Length: 8209 words
Summary: Ten years since Anne Elliot turned down Frederick Wentworth, he showed up as a passenger on her plane. But compared to what would happen to her in the next few hours, that was the least of her problems.
Notes: The summary for prompt 87 ('Secret Agent Sam' by Kathleen Creighton) is pretty much Persuasion anyway. So I just dropped Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth into it, and let matters develop from there.
( Full summary under the cut )
Links: At AO3
Pairing/Characters: Sara Lance/Felicity Smoak
Summary: Sara has never had a mission quite like this: successfully bid on Felicity at a charity auction, whisk her off to a secluded cabin in the woods to protect her from a powerful businessman, and then try -- just try! -- to keep her mind on the job.
Notes: Based on the summary of "His Bodyguard" by Muriel Jensen.
Link: Bachelorette #4 (on Ao3)
SLASH unless otherwise indicated.
Characters/Pairing: Castiel/Dean Winchester
Word Count: ?
Warnings: Work in Progress
Castiel came home to find a groom and family on his doorstep. They thought he’d be the perfect husband … but it was his brother who’d sent for a new spouse! Based on Bride by Contract by Raye Morgan
Disclaimer: All proceeds go to the ‘I Believe in Sherlock Holmes’ fund.
Author's Notes: I wrote this for Unconventional Courtship as a second entry, but did not get it done. If you want to follow along with a work in progress, this is peek at what you're in for.
on DW and on AO3
If this shameless self promoting is not allowed, dear mods, I will take it down!
Fandom: Star Trek
SLASH unless otherwise indicated.
Characters/Pairing: Leonard McCoy/Spock and hints of Leonard McCoy/Spock/James T. Kirk
Word Count: 10,000 ish
Warnings: Character Death.
Summary: “We have made an application on behalf of Spock to exercise his conjugal rights ...” Learning that the Vulcan he's tried to forget has spent the past 6 months imprisoned on Betazoid and needs him to visit is the last thing Leonard McCoy wants. But he will play his part in exchange for Spock's e-signature on the confession! Except he hasn't bargained on their mind-blowing connection being as undeniable as ever. Last time it led usually sensible Len to leaving Jim alone on shore leave. This time the consequence of giving in to their chemistry will bind him to Spock forever …
Disclaimer: All proceeds go to the ‘I Believe in Sherlock Holmes’ fund.
Author's Notes: For Unconventional Courtship on AO3 on my DW