Big Moxie – Q1 2024 – Link Submissions

Posting Date: March 1—31, 2024
Theme: Marriage of Convenience


The Rules:

  1. Minimum 5,000 words count (no maximum)
  2. Any fandom (no RPF)
  3. No limit on the number of stories
  4. Only previously unpublished works qualify


Word Count:

If you would like to post on the Wild Hare Project (not required, and not encouraged if you already post to AO3), and don’t already have an account, you must notify us of that when you are signing up so we can prepare you for posting in that environment.

Note: We reserve the right not to link to a story if you write chan, RPF, or fail to warn properly for common trigger content (rape, murder, domestic violence, major character death, adultery/cheating, etc).


Q. When can I post?
A. Any time during the posting period listed with each quarterly challenge. You cannot post the assigned theme outside of the quarter to count towards the Big Moxie challenge. For instance, you can’t post quarter one’s theme in quarter four to be included in the challenge list.

Q. Can I post a work in progress?
A. No. Only completed works will be accepted during the posting period.

Q. Can I use a work already published?
A. No.

Q. Can I use a work I’ve written for a different challenge if it meets the requirements and posting dates?
A. We don’t care. Organizers of other challenges might so be careful with that. If your Big Moxie story happens to fit one of your Just Write Bingo squares, lucky you! Carry on and double up.

Q. Can I use a Rough Trade project (past, present, or future)?
A. If you’ve posted any part of it, the answer is no. If you created a project file but never participated in the challenge then that would be fine regarding past works. Obviously, you couldn’t use present content or ideas you might have for future RT challenges since that would violate the rules of Rough Trade.

Q. Can I write more than one story?
A. Yes.

Q. Why are the themes confined to a single quarter?
A. To provide structure and discipline for those who need it.

Q. Can I post my work before the posting period of each quarter?
A. Not if you want to be included in our list of successful participants.

Q. If I have a work in progress that has never been published that fits the theme, can I use that?
A. Absolutely, look at you already owning the hell out of this challenge.

Q. What are the options on the Fusion/The Sentinel theme?
A. You can write a fusion of two (or more fandoms), a fusion with The Sentinel, or a story set entirely in The Sentinel fandom.

Q. What if I signed up and can’t finish?
A. That’s fine, life happens. We don’t need to be informed.

Q. Will there be an AO3 collection?
A. Yes. We’ll provide a link to the collection as the posting window approaches.

Q. Can I discuss my fics publicly?
A. Do what is comfortable for you. You might find that you don’t want those kinds of expectations from others or whatever. The choice is yours.

Q. Do I have to sign up for all four themes?
A. No, but there is no penalty for not participating after the fact. Each form will have check boxes so you can pick and chose between the the themes during the sign up window. Signing up for all four, just in case you end up wanting to write all of the themes, is better than skipping them and regretting it later.


Keira Marcos

In my spare time, I write fanfiction and lead a cult of cock worshippers on the Internet. It's not the usual kind of hobby for a 40ish "domestic engineer" but we live in a modern world and I like fucking with people's expectations.


  1. Title: A Family Favor
    Author: Thea_Zara
    Challenge: Big Moxie – Q1 2024 – Marriage of Convenience
    Fandom: 9-1-1
    Relationship: Buck/Eddie
    Warnings: Mob Au and all that implies, Domestic Violence, Canon Deaths in Non-Canon Ways, Attempted Murder via Arson, Attempted Kidnapping of a Child, Bad Parenting, Gaslighting, Marriage Without Consent (of Dubious Legality), Non-Consentual Drug Use (For Murder Purposes), Buckley A+ Parenting.
    Word Count: 28,781
    Summary: Evan Buckley never expected to call in the favor he’s owed. He also never expected for it to change his life forever.

  2. Title: The Best Kind of Love
    Author: Keira Marcos
    Challenge: Big Moxie – Q1 2024 – Marriage of Convenience
    Fandom: 9-1-1
    Relationship: Evan Buckley/Eddie Diaz, Canon Pairings
    Warnings: Explicit Sex, Explicit Language, Toxic Family Dynamics, Emotional Abuse, Character Bashing, Homophobia, Grammarly Beta, Discussion-Domestic Abuse, Discussion-Infidelity, Discussion-Ableism
    Word Count: 30,864
    Summary: Eddie comes out of the well determined to keep his son safe from his parents. He demands Buck marry him as soon as he sets eyes on him. Despite the fact that they aren’t even dating, Buck says yes.

  3. Title: Everything Has Changed (A World Of Difference 1)
    Author: DarkJediQueen
    Challenge: Big Moxie – Q1 2024 – Marriage of Convenience
    Fandom: The Empyrean
    Relationship: Violet Sorrengail/Xaden Riorson, Background Pairings
    Warnings: Abuse, Animal Death, Battle, Blood, Burning, Brutal Injuries, Death, Dismemberment, Graphic Language, Hand-to-Hand Combat, Explicit Sex, Imprisonment, Intense Violence, Murder, Physical Torture, Poisoning, Psychological Torture, War, Dead Dove Do Not Eat
    Word Count: 31,826
    Summary: The world and its allies are different in a world shaped by Fenn Riorson’s rebellion, not failing in 628AU. To support Tyrrendor, General Lilith Sorrengail gives up her youngest daughter’s hand in marriage to the son of the new king of Tyrrendor, Xaden Riorson.

  4. Title: Married to Justice
    Author: TrekCat (Rachel500)
    Challenge: Big Moxie – Q1 2024 – Marriage of Convenience
    Fandom: NCIS
    Relationship: Tony DiNozzo & Jethro Gibbs
    Warnings: Canon-typical violence, canon character death, organised crime activity, murder/assassination, minor characters with homophobic views, references to DADT and female trafficking
    Word Count: 11,554
    Summary: “Chris was looking for your insight on mob families,” Gibbs notes, realisation softening the harsh lines of his grief for a second.
    “He was,” Tony confirms. “You think this case got him killed?”
    “I know it did,” Gibbs says, “I just have to prove it.” His blue gaze suddenly pins Tony’s. “You want in?”
    Of course he wants in. He wants to make sure Chris gets the justice he deserves.

  5. Title: When It Doesn’t Stay (In Vegas)
    Author: Thea_Zara
    Challenge: Big Moxie – Q1 2024 – Marriage of Convenience
    Fandom: 9-1-1
    Relationship: Buck/Eddie
    Warnings: Non-Consensual Drug Use
    Word Count: 26,636
    Summary: Buck and Eddie took that trip to Vegas, and they both remember it being pretty unmemorable, except that weird hangover they woke up with on their last day in town.

  6. Title: We Should Have Said No, So Now It’s Time to Go
    Author: taibhrigh
    Challenge: Big Moxie, Q1 2024 — Marriage of Convenience
    Fandom: Inception
    Relationships: Arthur/Eames
    Warnings: not kind to Cobb; rating: r; tags: marriage of convenience, at least at first
    Word Count: 5,745
    Summary: A job goes bad, real bad, and the team is forced to separate and run. With Arthur done with Cobb and the first one gone, it leaves Eames to find him so the couple can pick up where they left off.

  7. Title: What the Hell was I thinking?
    Author: a_clockwork_of_scars (ScarsLikeVelvet)
    Challenge: Big Moxie, Q1 2024 — Marriage of Convenience
    Fandom: 9-1-1 (TV)
    Relationship: Eddie Diaz/Shannon Diaz, Evan “Buck” Buckley/Eddie Diaz
    Warnings: Graphic Depictions of Violence, Gun Violence, Combat-Related Injuries, Ableism, Child Neglect/Abuse, Attempted Murder/Murder
    Word Count: 9,661
    Summary: Combat- and surgery-related injuries lead to Eddie’s discharge. As if that isn’t bad enough, his wife turns out to be an ableist bitch, something he never suspected.

  8. Title: To Become a Family
    Author: Raspberry Dreams
    Challenge: The Big Moxie Quarter 1, 2024
    Fandom: 9-1-1
    Relationship: Eddie Diaz/Shannon Diaz
    Warnings: Character Bashing
    Word Count: 28,589
    Summary: Eddie’s on leave before being deployed after the death of his 17 year old brother Leonardo, when his old school friend Shannon comes to him asking for help.
    Shannon is pregnant and Eddie’s the only member of the family who knows that Leon had been casually involved with Shannon. Shannon doesn’t want an abortion but cannot face the idea of bringing up a baby on her own.
    Believing that this may be his only chance at fatherhood, Eddie agrees to claim paternity and marry Shannon to provide the child with financial security and a father.

  9. Title: Where Your Destiny Lies
    Author: silkendreammaid
    Challenge: The Big Moxie 2024 – Marriage of Convenience
    Fandom: Yuri On Ice!
    Word Count: 6524
    Pairing: pre Viktor Nikiforov/Yuuri Katsuki
    Warnings: No warnings
    Summary: Yakov Feltsman is concerned after the 2010 Winter Olympics. The rumours of what the Russian Federation may do to his skaters has him searching for a way to protect his best skater, Viktor Nikiforov.

  10. Title: A Convenient Arrangement
    Author: TrekCat
    Challenge: Big Moxie – Q1 2024 – Marriage of Convenience
    Fandom: Harry Potter
    Relationship: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger
    Warnings: Canon-typical violence including attempted murder via spells, patriarchal approaches to women including concept of ownership and arranged marriages, use of love potions. Mildly anti-Dumbledore, anti-Ron and Ginny Weasley.
    Word Count: 31,523
    Summary: Lady Hermione Granger needs to get married in order to secure her inheritance and everybody agrees that the best candidate to help her is the Earl of Gryffindor, Defeater of the Dark Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter.
    There’s just one problem: they’re not friends and Hermione may have once told him, thanks to some meddling Weasleys, that she’d never get involved with him.

  11. Title: Friendly Favour
    Author: Isimile
    Challenge: Big Moxie – Q1 2024 – Marriage of Convenience
    Fandom: Harry Potter
    Relationship: Neville Longbottom/Harry Potter
    Warnings: Mention of canon character death, mention of bigotery
    Word Count: 16386
    Summary: When the Wizengamot decides to promote and encourage marriages, Harry is haunted by those wishing to marry the hero who won the war. With no one he’s currently interested in and knowledge of his responsibilities in wizarding society he was unaware of, he has resigned himself to a political marriage, if only to finally be left alone by eager suitors.

    Fortunately for him, his friend Neville agrees to marry him, to get them both some peace.

  12. Title: Joo Family Matters
    Author: CappuccettoRosso
    Challenge: Big Moxie – Q1 2024 – Marriage of Convenience
    Fandom: Jinx (Mingwa)
    Relationship: Joo Jaekyung / Kim Dan
    Warnings: No Warnings Apply
    Word Count: 7549
    Summary: “Thank you,” Jaekyung said with a dip of his head. “I know that this might not be the best time to say this, but it can’t be helped. I would like to announce my formal removal from the line of succession.”

    His words had everyone gasping and crying out in alarm, especially his parents.

    “What! Why?” Joo Junseo shouted.

    “I’m gay,” Jaekyung said bluntly. “And I’m married. My husband’s name is Kim Dan.”

  13. Title: A Convenient Wedding
    Author: Jilly James
    Challenge: Big Moxie – Q1 2024 – Marriage of Convenience
    Fandom: 9-1-1
    Relationship: Evan Buckley/Eddie Diaz
    Warnings: Occurs during and mentions pandemic, though does not dwell on it. Can be read as anti-Maddie.
    Word Count: 10k
    Summary: Eddie and Buck are getting back to normal after the shooting. Both of them are out of ill-advised relationships, their friendship is rock solid, and Eddie is close to ready to return to work. Eddie is starting to think maybe they’re ready to move on to something a little more when Sophia barges into their morning coffee ritual with an utterly bizarre request.

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