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It's late, but it's back -

Welcome to 'Unconventional Courtship 2017'!

'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 August and September 2017, from 18th August.

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. Our prompt generator may also help (thank you [personal profile] john_amend_all) 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 hardly going to do this at all, so it's 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 (N.B. Historically our banners were at Photobucket. I've re-uploaded to this post, but you should still see a lot of dead links around the place). Please do pimp where ever you think would be appropriate.

5. Post the fic to this community on your assigned day.

You can also post to our AO3 collection, but please post to the com whatever you do, and please post to the com first.

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 - 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

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.

18 Aug: [personal profile] meridian_rose
19 Aug: [personal profile] merryghoul
20 Aug: [personal profile] mara
21 Aug: [personal profile] lobeliakurgan
22 Aug: [personal profile] out_there
23 Aug
24 Aug
25 Aug
26 Aug: [personal profile] romanajo123
27 Aug: [personal profile] out_there
28 Aug
29 Aug
30 Aug
31 Aug: [personal profile] spikesgirl58
1 Sept: [personal profile] lauramoon
2 Sept: [personal profile] pameluke
3 Sept: [personal profile] samuraiter
4 Sept: [personal profile] vilakins
5 Sept: [personal profile] desertvixen
6 Sept: [personal profile] paranoidangel
7 Sept: [personal profile] puimoo
8 Sept: [personal profile] still_lycoris
9 Sept: [personal profile] melissatreglia, [personal profile] goddess47
10 Sept: [personal profile] clover71, [personal profile] angenoir
11 Sept: [personal profile] arnie1967, [personal profile] misaffection
12 Sept: [personal profile] callmesandyk, [personal profile] aflaminghalo
13 Sept: [personal profile] fennui, [personal profile] luvbarryfefe
14 Sept: [personal profile] starticker, [personal profile] vexed_wench, [personal profile] lbilover
15 Sept: [personal profile] tardiscompanion, [personal profile] wendelah1
16 Sept: [personal profile] liadtbunny, [personal profile] lilly_c
17 Sept: [personal profile] misslucyjane, [personal profile] sidhe_faerie

If you have questions, feel free to ask! And/or consult the FAQs from last year, which are still mostly accurate.
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Date: 2017-06-17 09:58 am (UTC)
meridian_rose: black sails, silver smiles (blacksails)
From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
18th August please

473) THE ACCIDENTAL COUNTESS by Michelle Willingham
Fandom: Black Sails

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Date: 2017-06-17 11:22 am (UTC)
misslucyjane: poetry by hafiz (Default)
From: [personal profile] misslucyjane
(Now with a non-RP journal.)

Sept. 17 please!

MCU, Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes

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Date: 2017-06-17 12:11 pm (UTC)
fennui: (I Say!)
From: [personal profile] fennui
13th September, please.

Fandom probably Cabin Pressure Douglas Richardson/Martin Crieff, senario to be determined.

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Date: 2017-06-17 02:02 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny: (Happy dorks)
From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
Sign me up!

16th Sept,please.

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Date: 2017-06-17 02:11 pm (UTC)
lilly_c: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lilly_c
16th September

Fandom and summary is undecided just now.

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Date: 2017-06-17 05:49 pm (UTC)
lbilover: (se rotk premiere hug)
From: [personal profile] lbilover
September 14, please!

My fandom will be Lord of the Rings, either Frodo Baggins/Sam Gamgee, or RPS with Sean Astin/Elijah Wood.

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Date: 2017-06-28 03:27 pm (UTC)
lbilover: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lbilover
I didn't get a response to my request?

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Date: 2017-06-17 06:35 pm (UTC)
merryghoul: helena (helena)
From: [personal profile] merryghoul
19th August, please.

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Date: 2017-06-17 11:15 pm (UTC)
melissatreglia: (forever knight (painting) - erotica)
From: [personal profile] melissatreglia
Hey! I'm totally in for this.

I have a short list of 5 from the prompt page, but I don't honestly know if I can (or am allowed to) do 'em all. Complicating things is that the M&B descriptions sound very close to story ideas I've let sit unattended for (literally) years. Which makes me very excited, but... GODDAMN is choosing hard. :(

I'll just say for now that I'm definitely doing at least one. Don't know WHICH one yet of my short-listed ones, but definitely one of them. Also? Fandom will be Forever Knight, with the pairing of Nick/Natalie.

As for date of release? I guess September 9th, maybe? (I'll be doing Camp Nano for July, so anytime in September will give me the time to finish a UC fic.)

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Date: 2017-06-18 12:40 am (UTC)
tardiscompanion: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tardiscompanion
Sept 15

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Date: 2017-06-18 02:05 am (UTC)
goddess47: Emu! (Default)
From: [personal profile] goddess47
Oh, heck, I'll play!

September 9, please!

209) Whose Bed Is It Anyway? - Natalie Anderson

Haven't decided if I'm going to do Stargate Atlantis or Harry Potter... (I *know*!)


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Date: 2017-06-18 07:10 pm (UTC)
pameluke: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pameluke
Sept 2 please.
I'm going to finish last years fic, since that grew out of control and I never managed to end it in time.
Still really excited!

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Date: 2017-06-18 08:19 pm (UTC)
mara: (Adorable Bruce is amused)
From: [personal profile] mara
Gah, I've got a mostly done fic that *started* with a Harlequin prompt but it's gotten very angsty. It will meet the technical requirements of this challenge but not the spirit, I feel. Alas!

So I guess I'll have to write a different one :) Date, hmm...I think I need to go early so I don't run up against travel for my niece's bat mitzvah. How about August 20?

Fandom is up in the air, but darn it, I think this year I'll finally get around to writing this prompt, which I've had staring at me since the 2014 challenge:

The Virgin's Proposal - Shirley Jump


Successful rebel Matt Webster came to make peace with his past and his family. But he'd never thought that to appear "respectable," he'd become the pretend fiancé of a banana-wearing storeowner! Yet how could he refuse spunky Katie Dole, the woman under the costume, when she kissed him so sweetly— and so thoroughly—in the spaghetti aisle of the supermarket?
Her blue-green gaze implored him to play the role of lover to show up her ex-fiancé. But remembering the kisses they shared were supposed to be pretend became more difficult, when all Matt wanted to do was to make love to the appealing Katie! Was the virgin's proposal turning into something…real?

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Date: 2017-06-18 08:44 pm (UTC)
starticker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] starticker
Hello mod! I'm ready to sign up to try again, with a post date of September 14th! I'm still browsing the prompt generator for my story, but with so many possibilities, I'm sure I'll find something great!

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Date: 2017-06-18 10:02 pm (UTC)
lauramoon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lauramoon
Can I have September 1st, please?

Fandom will be Thunderheart, pairing Ray Levoi/Walter Crow Horse. The summary I'll be using is from In Debt To The Earl by Elizabeth Rolls.

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Date: 2017-06-18 10:36 pm (UTC)
clover71: (Default)
From: [personal profile] clover71

Sept 10 please

question... if I plan to write 2 stories, do I have to choose 2 separate dates or can I post on the same day?

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Date: 2017-06-18 11:33 pm (UTC)
random_nexus: (Unconv Courtship Cover - SH-BBC)
From: [personal profile] random_nexus
Still trying to finish my last UC fic, so not signing up this year, but I have done my part and pimped the comm out on Tumblr and will be doing the same on my own blog shortly.

Thank you for doing this! \o/
Edited Date: 2017-06-18 11:35 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-06-19 02:32 am (UTC)
vexed_wench: (SGA - John/Rodney)
From: [personal profile] vexed_wench

14th September

73) Society Page Seduction – Maureen Child

Stargate Atlantis

Thank you

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Date: 2017-06-19 11:17 am (UTC)
samuraiter: (Default)
From: [personal profile] samuraiter
Congratulations on five straight years of [community profile] unconventionalcourtship!

That being said, I'd like to volunteer for September 3. And here is what the prompt generator gave me (slightly edited):

235.) Flirting with the Forbidden by Joss Wood

He can look ... but he's not supposed to touch!

Bodyguard Laslow hasn't seen diamond heiress Serra for eight years — but the image of her naked body has been imprinted on his mind ever since! The sexy socialite was totally off-limits, and it took every ounce of Laslow's iron control to walk away.

Now, he's been hired to protect her again, so picking up where they left off definitely isn't an option. But Laslow's body doesn't seem to have got the memo — keeping his hands off Serra is a 24/7 battle! And how can he resist the forbidden when giving in is so irresistibly tempting?

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Date: 2017-06-19 12:27 pm (UTC)
sidhe_faerie: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sidhe_faerie
I would like Sept 17 please/

I havent picked a summary yet but ( will go take a look now.

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Date: 2017-06-19 01:40 pm (UTC)
callmesandyk: (not exactly)
From: [personal profile] callmesandyk
September 12th, please?

Pacey/Joey, dawson's creek and this prompt:
241) Under the Sheriff's Protection - Delores Fossen

Sheriff Rico Geary is having a bad day—two people were found murdered in his town, and the only witness claims to have amnesia. He takes one look at the witness and realizes she's none other than Gina Blake. His estranged wife.
But there's no time to find out what Gina is doing in Maverick Springs. Or why she left him so suddenly and disappeared. Because the killer isn't finished in Maverick Springs, and unless Rico Geary can protect her, Gina will be the murderer's next victim

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Date: 2017-06-19 05:00 pm (UTC)
spikesgirl58: (What Subtext)
From: [personal profile] spikesgirl58
I want to play!

Man from UNCLE Napoleon/Illya

Silhouette Intrigue
Inhibited agent turns wanton woman!
Special Agent Donna Noble was anxious to leave her desk job and get out in the field, but her all-too-beautiful boss, Bill Potts, denied each request she made. So when the opportunity to catch a cunning serial killer arose, Donna would do anything to prove herself. She’d even strip off her plain Jane persona and pose as a seductive temptress in the hopes of luring out the murderer.
Instead, she unleashed an even more dangerous scenario between her and her boss. Though taking on the elusive killer threatened her life would falling in love with Bill be the greatest risk of all?

May I have August 31st, please?
Edited Date: 2017-06-19 05:00 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-06-20 12:48 am (UTC)
angenoir: (Default)
From: [personal profile] angenoir
I'll be using a modified version of this book summary:

Fandom: MCU

And I'd like to have September 10th as a posting date!

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Date: 2017-06-20 04:56 am (UTC)
puimoo: (Default)
From: [personal profile] puimoo
7th of September please!

And, ooh. Could you please randomly assign me two? Because the randomness sounds like a LOT of fun!

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Date: 2017-06-20 02:53 pm (UTC)
arnie1967: (Redflower)
From: [personal profile] arnie1967
I've never done this before but I'll give it a go.

September 12th, if it's still available.
Edited Date: 2017-06-20 02:55 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-06-20 09:24 pm (UTC)
misaffection: (Master)
From: [personal profile] misaffection
11 Sept
A STOLEN HEART by Candice Camp
Doctor Who
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