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Ardor in August 2017
Due to moderator illness, sign-ups have been extended until Tuesday, June 27!

From the Years of the Trees through the Fourth Age – it’s time once again to make your Tolkien FPS fanfic dreams come true…

Have you always wanted to read a certain pairing or scenario, but couldn’t write it yourself? Have it written for you – specifically and especially for your own sweet self! And share your own gift in exchange!

That’s right, it’s time for Ardor in August! The exchange focuses on the Elves, Men, Dwarves, Valar and Maiar of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Maybe it’s Gildor and Glorfindel you love, or perhaps Boromir-on-Theodred strikes your fancy... or maybe Lúthien and Thuringwethil is your OTP? From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars – spread the word, recruit your friends and fellow authors, and have some fun!

Critical dates:

  • Sign-up period: June 11 - June 27

  • Assignments to be distributed no later than July 9th

  • Deadline for first-time participants: August 13th

  • Deadline for returning participants: August 20th

  • Archive opens: August 27th, 2017





This community is mirrored on Dreamwidth! Please feel free to join us there if you prefer!



Rules & FAQ

request. Some people find it easier to write or to personalize a story if they know the identity of their recipient. Other people find that thought absolutely horrifying! Now, you can have it either way. If, at any time during the writing period, you wish to know the identity of your recipient, you may ask us. Since other writers do not want to be "spoiled," we ask that you please keep this information to yourself!

  • All stories must be a minimum length of 1,200 words, which translates to roughly 3 full pages in Word. Stories must be complete and in their entirety.

  • Submissions must be COMPLETE, new and previously unreleased, and written specifically for the assignment you receive.

  • If you have defaulted on ANY previous Slashy Swap-sponsored exchanges, you will NOT be permitted to participate in Ardor in August. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. This may be a disappointment to some of you, but it is far more disappointing for a hard-working participant who strove to meet the deadline to discover they did not receive a story because their writer dropped out.

  • Manners are mandatory!! Be kind to your readers, be kind to your writer, be kind to your overworked admin. Just as you are required to turn in a finished, beta'd story, you are required to acknowledge the person who wrote for you in a timely fashion. If you're going to be out of town when the archive opens, consider making an LJ post to that effect, or alerting the moderator if you think it's going to be more than 3 or 4 days before you can get in touch with your writer. Even if you *hate* the story you are given-- and we certainly hope that's not the case!-- common courtesy dictates that you should at least say "Thank you for writing this for me." If you cannot gracefully thank the author who wrote for you, you may be asked to sit out the next round and contemplate the meaning of the word "Courtesy."

  • Stories shall not be released to the general fandom on any group, list, or website until after the archive opens on August 27th. After the publication date on this site, feel free to post or archive your work anywhere you would like. Authors may post their own submissions here on the Slashy Swap LJ community after the publication date on this site if they choose.

  • Authors are responsible for posting their own stories to the Slashy Swap collection at AO3 on or before the due date. If you have any questions, need an AO3 invitation or have difficulties, please email the moderator: slashysanta@gmail.com


Prohibitions/Restrictions

  • No fiction involving a minor in a sexual situation, even in flashback, no matter how vaguely alluded to, will be permitted. Period.

  • No songfics.

  • No het pairings as anything other than secondary characters or plots.

  • No bestiality. (Tolkien characters that manifest as cognizant beings are fine. If in doubt, ask us.)

  • No RPS (real person slash) will be accepted.

  • No blatant Mary Sue, Marty Stu, or self-inserts.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I ask for femslash?

A: Yes! Femmeslash is welcome and encoraged!

Q: I see a main focus on Elves, Men, Valar and Maiar. What about Dwarves and Hobbits?

A: In previous swaps there was less emphasis on Dwarves and Hobbits, but due to the release of the Hobbit movies, that's starting to change. We're happy to try and accommodate any request, though it is dependent on having writers able to fill these requests. You can help this process by spreading the word to your fellow Dwarf and Hobbit writers.

Q: Do I have to write or receive an explicit story?

No, if you do not want to write or receive an explicit story, you definitely don't have to! You may select the "Genfic" option for either writing, receiving, or both!

Q: I just received my assignment and it fits perfectly into part of a series I've been working on. Can I use it anyway?

A: We'd prefer your story to be original and created solely for your recipient, but so long as your submission fits the assignment you received, can be read and understood as a standalone, and it's new and unreleased, then go ahead.

Q: I'm not entirely sure I want to sign up or I missed the sign-up deadline... can you put my name down as just a pinch-hitter?

A: Absolutely! We're always in need of pinch-hitters. Email us, or reply to this post.

Q: How exactly does pinch-hitting work?

A: If a Pinch-hit is necessary, the assignments will be offered up via email to everyone on our pinch-hit list and will be available on a first come, first served basis. If a pinch-hitter is needed within the last week of the writing period, *ALL* interested pinch hitters may claim the request and the minimum word count will be dropped in the interest of time, in which case a participant may receive two or three short ficlets as opposed to one longer story.

Q: I'm a newbie. Why do I have to turn in my story a week earlier than everyone else?

A: It has been our unfortunate experience that first-time participants are more likely to drop out, and often without telling us they've quit. The earlier deadline for new writers allows us time to find pinch-hitters. WE WANT YOU to be an active participant! If you're a new writer and you become overwhelmed, don't vanish-- talk to us! We will work with you as much as possible so that you can have a successful Slashy Swap experience.

Q: Yikes! I've been working on my story, but there was a family emergency and I don't think I'll make the deadline. What should I do?

A: Let us know! The Slashy Moderators have families, too, and understand that emergencies sometimes happen. The sooner you tell us, the easier it will be for us to come to a mutually agreeable solution.

Q: Unfortunately, the emergency has turned into something longer term and I won't be able to finish my story after all.

A: Again, please let us know as soon as possible so we can find a pinch-hitter for your assignment.

Q: I signed up for the previous exchanges, but never turned anything in. Can I still participate?

A: No. It simply isn't fair to those who met their obligations, or to the person who didn't get a story.

Q: Do I need to have my work beta read? I don't have one!

A: While we will not strictly enforce the use of a beta, we strongly encourage it. At the very least, please proof read and run spell- and grammar-check. If you need help finding a beta, let us know and we'll direct you to some beta resources. Remember, you're writing a gift for someone, so make your story as perfect as it can be.

Q: HELP! I received the worst assignment in the world! What were you thinking? I can't write this!

A: It was likely an oversight. Please contact us and we will do what we can to find another assignment that is more to your taste and ability. If you already confirmed you would accept it, we can't make promises, but we'll do the best we can to help.

NOTE: In some rare instances, it may not be possible for a request to be filled to the request's exact specifications. This may occur if no author is willing to write the elements in the request (some examples are BDSM, fetish, rape, MPREG, or character death). In this case, the participant will be asked to revise their request so that we'll be able to match it.





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Ardor in August 2017

From the Years of the Trees through the Fourth Age – it’s time once again to make your Tolkien FPS fanfic dreams come true…

Have you always wanted to read a certain pairing or scenario, but couldn’t write it yourself? Have it written for you – specifically and especially for your own sweet self! And share your own gift in exchange!

That’s right, it’s time for Ardor in August! The exchange focuses on the Elves, Men, Dwarves, Valar and Maiar of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Maybe it’s Gildor and Glorfindel you love, or perhaps Boromir-on-Theodred strikes your fancy... or maybe Lúthien and Thuringwethil is your OTP? From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars – spread the word, recruit your friends and fellow authors, and have some fun!

Critical dates:

  • Sign-up period: June 11 - June 25

  • Assignments to be distributed no later than July 9th

  • Deadline for first-time participants: August 13th

  • Deadline for returning participants: August 20th

  • Archive opens: August 27th, 2017






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Ardor in August 2017




Ardor in August 2017

From the Years of the Trees through the Fourth Age – it’s time once again to make your Tolkien FPS fanfic dreams come true…

Have you always wanted to read a certain pairing or scenario, but couldn’t write it yourself? Have it written for you – specifically and especially for your own sweet self! And share your own gift in exchange!

That’s right, it’s time for My Slashy Valentine! The exchange focuses on the Elves, Men, Dwarves, Valar and Maiar of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Maybe it’s Gildor and Glorfindel you love, or perhaps Boromir-on-Theodred strikes your fancy... or maybe Lúthien and Thuringwethil is your OTP? From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars – spread the word, recruit your friends and fellow authors, and have some fun!

Critical dates:

  • Sign-up period: June 11 - June 25

  • Assignments to be distributed no later than July 9th

  • Deadline for first-time participants: August 13th

  • Deadline for returning participants: August 20th

  • Archive opens: August 27th, 2017





This community is mirrored on Dreamwidth! Please feel free to join us there if you prefer!



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My Slashy Valentine 2017 is here!

They're here! They're here! The My Slashy Valentine stories are here!

Congratulations to our new writers, monkiainen and hennethgalad, who completed their first swap.We hope that you have enjoyed this swap and that you'll come back for another round! Thanks to all our veteran writers who continue to participate and make this swap a vibrant part of the Tolkien community.

Don't forget to leave feedback for your author! Everyone worked very hard on their stories and are deserving of a few kind words. Also, please check out the other stories in the collection. We've got great stories worth a look!

And now, for your reading enjoyment...

My Slashy Valentine 2017: The Master List!

alexcat wrote The Good Wife for samtyr
Deathangelgw wrote Light, Fire and Shadow for Fadesintothewest
Elladansgirl wrote That Damned Wine for Nuredhel
Elleth wrote Saimaa, Year 79 for Scribe_of_Mirrormere
Fadesintothewest wrote In the Wind from the Sea for HanaHeart
hennethgalad wrote Hidden Kingdom for Phyncke
Ignoblebard wrote In The Heart Of The Storm for Talullah Red
Lotrangel wrote The Not So Best Kept Secret for Mawgy
lynndyre wrote Flight from Eregion for alexcat
Maitmiel wrote Let me see you for hennethgalad
Mangacrack wrote Nothing ever lasts forever for Maitimiel
Marchwriter wrote Oasis for elladansgirl
Mawgy wrote Strangers in the Night and Watching the Snow Fall for lotrangel
Monkiainen wrote Chasing Some Mirage for mm8
Neiroel wrote A Quest of Acceptance for lynndyre
Nuinzilien wrote Many Paths to Tread for Ysilme
Nuredhel wrote Songs of the heart for mangacrack
Phyncke wrote The Beaches of Umbar for Nuinzilien
samtyr wrote Perchance To Dream for Deathangelgw
Scribe_of_Mirrormere wrote Birth of Comets for The_Wavesinger
Talullah Red wrote Until the Wave Breaks for Marchwriter
The_Wavesinger wrote Give Me Strength for Elleth
Ysilme wrote After Winter, There Comes Spring for Neiroel
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mm8 defaulted this round, but hennethgalad wrote Eagle of the Star and kalypsobean wrote Shelter for monkiainen. HanaHeart also defaulted, but Elladansgirl wrote Beyond the Mountain and hennethgalad wrote Vale of Flowers for Ignoblebard. Thank you guys for what you have done!

Happy reading! If you need a link to the full collection, it is here.
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One more week to sign up!

          Critical Dates:

  • Sign-up period: December 4th to 18th

  • Assignments to be distributed no later than December 28th

  • Deadline for first-time participants: February 1st

  • Deadline for returning participants: February 8th

  • Archive opens: February 14th, 2017

Sign-ups for MSV are still open! You can sign up, celebrate the holidays and don't have to worry about writing until January. :) Getting a fic written with you in mind is a nice cheer up for February! :) If that sounds appealing, sign up HERE. We'd love to have you join us. 

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My Slashy Valentine 2017 Rules & FAQ

Critical Dates:


  • Sign-up period: December 4th - December 18th

  • Assignments to be distributed by December 28th

  • Deadline for first-time participants: February 1st

  • Deadline for returning participants: February 8th

  • Archive opens: February 14th, 2017

By popular demand, we will reveal to you the name of your recipient at your request. Some people find it easier to write or to personalize a story if they know the identity of their recipient.  Other people find that thought absolutely horrifying! Now, you can have it either way. If, at any time during the writing period, you wish to know the identity of your recipient, you may ask us.  Since other writers do not want to be "spoiled," we ask that you please keep this information to yourself!


  • All stories must be a minimum length of 1,200 words. Stories must be complete and in their entirety.


  • Submissions must be new, complete, and previously unreleased, and written specifically for the assignment you receive.


  • If you have defaulted on ANY previous Slashy Santa-sponsored exchanges, you will NOT be permitted to participate in this round. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. This may be a disappointment to some of you, but it is far more disappointing for a hard-working participant who strove to meet the deadline to discover they did not receive a story because their writer dropped out.


  • Manners are mandatory!! Be kind to your readers, be kind to your writer, be kind to your overworked admin. Just as you are required to turn in a finished, beta'd story, you are required to acknowledge the person who wrote for you in a timely fashion. If you're going to be out of town when the archive opens, consider making an LJ post to that effect, or alerting the moderator if you think it's going to be more than 3 or 4 days before you can get in touch with your writer. Even if you *hate* the story you are given-- and we certainly hope that's not the case!--common courtesy dictates that you should at least say "Thank you for writing this for me." If you cannot gracefully thank the author who wrote for you, you may be asked to sit out the next round and contemplate the meaning of the word "Courtesy."


  • Stories shall not be released to the general fandom on any group, list, or website until they are released on the SlashySwap collection. After the publication, feel free to post or archive your work anywhere you would like.


  • Authors are responsible for posting their own stories on or before the due date at the Slashy Swap collection at AO3. If you have any questions, difficulties or need an AO3 invitation, please email the moderator: slashysanta@gmail.com

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Sultry in September is here!

Aglarien wrote Travelers in the Wild for Ignoblebard
alexcat wrote Right on Target for phyncke
Amy Fortuna wrote Escape from Bondage for maitimiel
Amy Fortuna wrote Forging Victory for Scribe_of_Mirrormere
Angelstar3999 wrote Harvest Lyrics for Nuredhel
Azzy wrote A Game of Madmen for Memaizaka
BurningNightingale wrote No Armor Against Fate for moetushie
catalectic wrote Beings Brighter Than Have Been for Kalendeer
Chaotic_binky wrote Falling for You for Neiroel
Cirilla9 wrote The Elven Kings Under the Sky for alexcat
Deathangelgw wrote Silence at the Library for Mawgy
DaydreamBelieversDaughter wrote Spirits of Fire for Cirilla9
Elleth wrote And Last of All for The Wavesinger
Ignoblebard wrote Lovely, Dark and Deep for lynndyre
Jade/ElladansGirl wrote Planned Comfort for Angelstar3999
IdleLeaves wrote Full Circle for Marchwriter
just_jenni wrote For the Greater Good for mahmfic /MM8
Kalendeer wrote Souls of Cinder for Sleepless_Malice (this is an epic work in progress!)
Luxa wrote The Heat of a Common Room for Zinneth
lynndyre wrote A Foundation on Which to Build for Nuinzilien
mahmfic /MM8 wrote I've held many things in my hand, and have lost them all for monkiainen
maitimiel wrote A Forest Tale for Elleth
mangacrack wrote King's Landing for Azzy
Marchwriter West of the Dark, East of the Sun for just_jenni
Mawgy wrote I See You for Samtyr
Memaizaka wrote We Never Lost Control for DaydreamBelieversDaughter
monkiainen wrote Let's Walk Along the Wire for TAFKAB
Neiroel wrote Human Customs for Aglarien
Nuinzilien wrote Let Them Eat Cake for Luxa
Nuredhel wrote Wolves and Water for Jade/Elladansgirl
phyncke wrote Dead Man's Party for catalectic
samtyr wrote The Hidden Path for BurningNightingale
Scribe_of_Mirrormere wrote Hatching a Plan for Amy Fortuna
Sleepless_Malice wrote Metamorphoses for Urloth
TAFKAB wrote Well Met by Moonlight for Deathangelgw
Urloth wrote The Warmth He Gave for mangacrack
The Wavesinger wrote Aftermath for IdleLeaves
Zinneth wrote Ashes for Chaotic_binky

Welcome TAFKAB and Kalendeer to the Slashy Santa Swaps family!

Moetushie was unable to complete her assignment. Thank you, Amy Fortuna for stepping in to pinch hit!

Thanks for being a great bunch of enthusiastic participants-- please be sure to THANK YOUR WRITER and enjoy all the other wonderful stories written for Sultry in September!