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Three things make a post, and 14+ interested parties make a fest! Let's do this thing.

Welcome to 'Unconventional Courtship 2014'!

'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 May 2014 (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. You will need to ask me to post your fic on the com, though. If you are on DW, please follow the community!)

2. Choose a M&B/Harlequin summary (or two etc) - we have a few 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 this year, as I was rejected from so many last time, 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.

6. Profit! Fics for all! I'll post a masterlist once all the entries are in. Crossposting is encouraged.

Any questions? Leave a comment or PM me or email me at


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) 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

6. You can use this fic for another challenge i.e. [community profile] 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.
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Hello all,

I was asked today whether there would be another [community profile] unconventionalcourtship, and I said I wasn't sure, but there could be, if there was an interest in. So - time to vote with your poll clicks.

Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 20

I would be interested in another Unconventional Courtship starting in a Month

View Answers

16 (80.0%)

Yes, but with provisos, which I will convey in the comments
4 (20.0%)

P.S. I apologise for the weird Capitalisation in this post.
aralias: (not awash with ambiguity)
[personal profile] aralias
Hi all,

If you're thinking of posting an ad for another comm to [community profile] unconventionalcourtship can you please a) think about whether it might be appropriate or interesting to the members of the comm and b) write to me and ask me whether I think it is?


[personal profile] aralias
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[personal profile] aralias
UNCONVENTIONAL COURTSHIP IS OFFICIALLY OVER! Thank you to everyone who participated! \o/

If you're still planning to participate, please go ahead. The comm and the AO3 collection will remain open indefinitely.

For now, here's the masterlist of stuff produced. Read! Comment! Enjoy!

masterlist by days - for a breakdown by fandom see the AO3 collection )

No firm ideas about whether the fest will run or not next year - but if you are interested in doing this again, same time next year, drop me a line. I'd be interested in find out.
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[personal profile] sjh2009
Title: Montana Love Letter
Author: Starbucks Sue
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing/Characters: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Rating: G
Length: 7800 words
Summary: A fresh start for his troubled daughter—that's what widower Rodney McKay wants to find at Bear Lake, Montana. The eight-year-old girl hasn't spoken a word in months. But when the family of two meets widower John Sheppard and his kind daughter, Rodney's child begins to blossom. Still, the handsome auto mechanic keeps Rodney at arm’s length. He seems to be hiding something painful—something he can't bear to share. Perhaps their two sweet children can help Rodney show him that opening the heart to love is life's greatest joy

Notes: Written for the Unconventional Courtship challenge and based on the synopsis from the Harlequin romance novel Montana Love Letter. Due to a poorly cat and extra commitments at work after one of my fellow managers went off on long term sick I didn't get the time to spend on this story as I would have liked and, as I've literally only just finished it, it hasn't been betad so I hope there aren't too many mistakes!

Montana Love Letter )
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[personal profile] amy_wolf

Title: The Swaim's Mistress
Author: [personal profile] amy_wolf 
Fandom: Agents of Cracked
Pairing/Characters: Dan O'Brien/Michael Swaim
Rating: R
Length:  4260 words
Summary:  After a hit-and-run accident, pregnant Daniel doesn’t remember Michael Swaim. He’s horrified that he was his boyfriend.  Worse, Michael wants to get married…
Notes:  Loosely based on the summary for The Sicilian's Mistress, on the plot suggestions post, with noticeable changes. 

Link: Dreamwidth | Livejournal
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[personal profile] random_nexus
Title: Virtually Perfect - Chapter One of Five
Author: Random_Nexus
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairing/Characters: Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade
Rating: NC-17
Length: 11,204 (first 3 chapters only)
Summary: He’s just one click away…

Mycroft Holmes has found the perfect lover – online. When the sexy words of ‘Sterling’ fly across the computer screen, he can seduce him in a heartbeat. The hot, detailed images of them together feed his sexual fantasies. The best part? Mycroft doesn’t have to make a commitment to ‘Sterling’. No fuss, no muss. He can switch him off at any time. So why is he feeling unsatisfied?

Gregory Lestrade, known only to his internet romance as ‘Sterling’, is ready for the next step – to meet in person. He wants to make it real with the man whom he only knows as ‘Mallory’. Their virtual relationship has left him in a constantly aroused state, hungry for a taste of his lips and the touch of his skin. He wants to make love – all night long – to the man who’s captured his heart sight unseen.

Except, once Mycroft and ‘Sterling’ meet face-to-face, both are surprised at the outcome…

(I used the summary from the list on this post, #16 of the same title.)
Notes: Written for the UnconventionalCourtship community on Dreamwidth. I would like to give a huge, squeeful thanks to Youcantsaymylastname for making the ‘Cover Art’ for me – is that not awesome? All I did was the title and author text. As for the fic; I don’t know why, but this one’s given me such trouble! RL hasn’t been helping, either. So, I’m posting the first three chapters now, barely still on my due date (trouble with the internet has put me past midnight, of course), and the last chapter will go up as soon as I finish it and get it looked over by my friendly neighborhood beta. Speaking of which: I would like to thank Erynn999 for being so kind as to give this a scrub with the proof-loofah © and a good thwack with the beta-stick ™ as well as assisting me further by threatening the characters and the Muse if they don’t cooperate—it’s necessary sometimes, alas. UPDATE: Adding an epilogue.
Links Crossposted to DW & LJ & AO3

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[personal profile] neveralarch
Title: Professional Foul
Author: neveralarch
Fandom: Doctor Who (Classic Series)
Pairing/Characters: Six/Ainley!Master
Rating: teen
Length: 4,000ish words

Summary: It's been half a century since infamous villain the Master brought his powerful family the wrong sort of publicity by destroying a chunk of the universe! The Master's wouldn't mind getting back in their good books, and accepts a job as physiotherapist on his mother's space rugby team.

There's just one thing — one man — standing in the way of earning back his self-respect: the team's Doctor.

Notes: Summary/basic plot idea comes from The Last Doctor She Should Ever Date. Thanks very much to aralias for the beta!

Link: On DW, on LJ, on the AO3!
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[personal profile] kizzia
Title: Racing Against the Clock
Author:  [personal profile] kizzia 
Betas:  [personal profile] azriona and [personal profile] ladyprydian 
Rating: PG-13
Status: WIP - Chapter 1 of 5.
Warnings, kinks and contents: Bondlock AU, Sherlock is a Consulting Scientist, BAMF!John, UST, Angst, Johnlock, First Kiss, First Time.
Disclaimer: Don't own, don't claim, not making any profit.
Summary: Tick ... tick ... tick ....

Falling in love is not an option for Dr John Watson. Certainly not with the mysterious John Doe who has been rushed into his emergency room. He feels an instant connection to the beautiful man, and he wants to help him. But being his knight in shining armour will put John’s life – and his heart – in danger.

On the brink of a scientific breakthrough, Sherlock Holmes is now running on borrowed time. He has knowledge that dangerous men will kill to possess. He desperately needs to trust someone, and Dr Handsome is it. But who will protect him from John, who wants Sherlock as badly as Sherlock wants him.

Apologies for not having a completed fic to post but the plot line sort of ran away and won't leave me alone. I'll update as soon as I can.

Read Chapters 1 and 2 on DW, LJAO3 or
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[personal profile] aralias
Title: Homecoming
Author: mymisguided
Fandom: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Pairing/Characters: Obscureshipping (Ishizu x Shaadi)
Rating: T
Length: 3,420 words
Summary: There are a great many things she can think of that are in need of rebuilding, and this house is the least of them.
Notes: Uses synopsis #15, The Officer and the Lady.

Link:On Livejournal
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[personal profile] paranoidangel
Title: Dicing with the Enemy
Author: Paranoidangel
Fandom: Blake's 7
Pairing/Characters: Tarrant/Servalan, Tarrant/Servalan/Avon, Dayna
Rating: PG-13
Length: 2700 words
Summary: Servalan is the Federation's most sought-after commander, darling of the Federation and every guard's desire. But she's about to face her toughest challenge yet – seducing a confession from the devilishly handsome and very dangerous Del Tarrant to bring his companion, Avon, to justice! She might have the whole of the Federation fooled, but Tarrant can see through Servalan’s ardent attempts to persuade him to open up. His past is murky, but he's no criminal(!). Her interest in him has Tarrant intrigued – he might just have to play Servalan at her own seductive game... (Original summary)
Notes: Beta by [personal profile] lost_spook

Link: My website
Archive of Our Own
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[personal profile] aralias
Title: On the Eve of Victory
Author: dangerousdame/RobberBaroness
Fandom: Soul Calibur
Pairing/Characters: Ivy/Raphael
Rating: T
Length: 2192 words.

Playing a very dangerous game... Isabelle Valentine's heart pounds in her chest as she approaches the imposing castle of formidable French aristocrat Raphael Sorel. She might have agreed to marry him to save her friend, but the icy glitter in Raphael's unflinching eyes warns that he's not a man to be played with. The final piece of the puzzle has fallen into place and revenge is at Raphael's fingertips; the champagne's on ice and his new wife waits in the bedroom - victory has never been sweeter. But Ivy's purity tests the one thing Raphael never knew he had - honour.

Notes: Warning for some amount of dubious consent/power play.

Link: AO3
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[personal profile] rubberglue
Title: it's such a small thing
Author: [personal profile] rubberglue 
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing/Characters: Arthur/Gwen
Rating: NC17
Length: 16712 and counting
Summary: Guinevere Thomas is down on her luck—and pretty down on love, too. Besides being out of work for so long, she's also harbored a secret crush on Arthur Pendragon since forever. When she finally lands a job, Gwen finds herself not only working for Arthur, but also agreeing to play matchmaker for him.
Notes: Original summary here. Because of various RL stuff and the fact that the story ran away with me, I've not been able to finish it. But I will.

Link: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2
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[personal profile] vilakins
Title: Mistress for a Million
Author: vilakins
Fandom: Blake's 7
Pairing/Characters: Vila Restal/Soolin
Rating: Teen
Length: 2,862 words
Summary: For one million dollars: mistress at his mercy! Jobless, homeless, and penniless, Soolin seeks a new contract - all good offers accepted. Billionaire Del Kline seeks beautiful woman for business contract on the luxury planet of Gardenos. Terms: mistress for a month. Salary: one million credits. Training will be given.

Link: Dreamwidth / Livejournal / AO3
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[personal profile] scifishipper
Title: A Logical Arrangement
Author: scifishipper
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Pairing/Characters: Sherlock Holmes/Molly Hooper, John Watson, Greg Lestrade, Mrs. Hudson, OCs
Rating: R
Length: ~13K
Summary: When Molly Hooper loses her work visa and goes back to America, she never suspects that Sherlock will come looking for her.
Notes: Written for the Unconventional Courtship challenge and is based on a romance novel synopsis found here (#8). To fit the synopsis, I’ve made Molly an American. Everything else is based on canon. Set post-Reichenbach.
Beta: Thank you to kdbleu for her patient support. Not brit-picked.

Links: Livejournal | AO3
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[personal profile] spikesgirl58

Title:A Matter of Seduction
Author:  Spikesgirl58
Fandom: Man from UNCLE
Pairing/Characters: Napoleon/Illya
Rating: PG-13
Length: 2593

Silhouette Intrigue  - Inhibited agent turns wanton man!

Special Agent Illya Kuryakin was anxious to leave his desk job and get out in the field, but his all-too-handsome boss, Napoleon Solo, has denied each request he’s made. So when the opportunity to catch a cunning serial killer arose, Illya would do anything to prove himself. He’d even strip off his 'plain Jane' persona and pose as a seductive tempter in the hopes of luring out the murderer.

Instead, he unleashed an even more dangerous scenario between him and his boss. Though taking on the elusive killer threatened his life, would falling in love with Napoleon be the greatest risk of all risk at all?

My thanks to my betas - Sparky955 and Yelizaveta for the clean up and to Leyosura for letting me know about this challenge to begin with.  Link takes you to AO3
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[personal profile] silver_galaxy
Title: Taken by the Border Rebel
Author: [personal profile] silver_galaxy 
Fandom: Law and Order: Criminal Intent
Pairing/Characters: Robert Goren/Alexandra Eames
Rating: Teens
Length: 14K+
Summary: TORMENTED BY HER INNOCENCE As leader of his clan, Black Robert Goren has earned every dark syllable of his name. But, having taken hostage his enemy's daughter in a fierce act of rebellion, he is tormented by feelings of guilt and torn apart with the growing need to protect her - and seduce her! Alexandra Eames feels Robert's disdain from the first. Then slowly she starts to see behind his eyes to a man in turmoil. Something he has no words for, something that can only be captured in a heart-wrenching kiss... The Goren Clan The family who will kneel to no one...

Links: AO3 |
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[personal profile] loxleyprince
Title: The Desert Virgin (based on a title by Sandra Marton)
Author: [personal profile] loxleyprince
Fandom: The Eagle (2011)
Pairing/Characters: Marcus/Esca
Rating: R
Length: 15K+

The Sultan’s gift…

Marcus Aquila: a ruthless troubleshooter, his mission in the remote desert kingdom of Baslaam is covert and dangerous…

Esca MacCunoval: a classically-trained ballet dancer, he’s been abducted and sold to dance in the harem of the Sultan of Baslaam…

Marcus is in a tight spot, and when the Sultan offers Esca’s body to him, he sees a way out. But escaping with the scantily-clad Esca across the sands is more temptation that even he can handle. When they reach a safe oasis, he can no longer hold back from taking the night of lovemaking that was the Sultan’s gift…

Notes: Story contains slash, swearing, sexual content, violence, Alternative Universe - modern setting, fluff, angst, first time sex and a lot of sand. Does not contain camels. Does contain at least one nut. Did I mention the sand? Lots and lots of sand...

Link: The Desert Virgin
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[personal profile] honeynoir
Title: Might bump into her
Author: [personal profile] honeynoir
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing/Characters: Eleven/Clara
Rating: G
Length: ~1000
Summary: The Doctor, Lord of Time, with his own death at his heels, is taking an enforced sojourn in the city. He hardly expects to confront a highwayman in this quiet retreat. Should he unmask the daring Clara and hand her over to the law?
Notes: Here’s the original summary, Unmasking Miss Lacey, by Isabelle Goddard.

Link: DW - LJ - AO3.

ETA: Whaat, it's the 6th already? Pretend I didn't fiddle with the formatting for Too Long and posted this on the 5th. /o\
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[personal profile] kestrel337
Title: Ours
Author: Kestrel337
Fandom: Sherlock TV
Pairing/Characters: Sherlock Holmes/Greg Lestrade/John Watson
Rating: NC-17, Mature,’s for adults. It’s explicit.
Summary: John suggests a threesome. Greg ups the game. Who wins?
From this summary

at AO3

Cannot seem to get my tags to take after an edit. Please consider this tagged as Explicit, M/M/M, Polyamory, light D/s, OT3


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