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[personal profile] benedict2017-05-28 04:41 pm
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[sticky entry] Sticky: Schedule and FAQ

When does this exchange run?

All times in CST/Central

Nomination Period: June 22nd, Thursday to July 1st, Saturday 11:59pm
Sign Ups: July 5th, Wednesday to July 16th, Sunday 11:59 pm
Assignments out by: July 19th, Wednesday
Deadline: September 4th, Monday 11:59 pm
Archive Goes Live: Sept 10th, Sunday [no earlier than 8:59 am, may be later]
Anon Period Ends: Sept 17th, Sunday [no earlier than 8:59 am, may be later]

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[personal profile] morbane2017-08-14 09:39 pm
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Pinch Hitters' Prompts

Several excellent pinch hitters have been given assignments to work on, and some of them are not signed up to this exchange. This is a post where people who are pinch hitting but didn't submit a sign-up can list prompts for possible gifts.

Other participants and passers-by: these may be the prompts you've been waiting to treat! Please have a look.

Pinch hitters, you're encouraged to build your prompts from the nominated tags (on AO3 | in a Dreamwidth table), but you are also welcome to suggest other AU prompts in the spirit of the exchange that fit into the nominated fandoms.

We still have one outstanding pinch hit for Prince of Tennis, Tiger & Bunny, and Attack on Titan, and more may arise. Future pinch hitters are welcome to add their prompts to this post after claiming and confirming a pinch hit.

Gifts for pinch hitters must be posted by 10 September 9am CDT.
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[personal profile] benedict2017-08-11 09:41 pm

PH reminder and encouragement

Hi! Deadline is approaching on September 4th! 3 weeks from now!

Unfortunately, we still have one PH left! It is Prince of Tennis, Tiger & Bunny, Attack on Titan and located here for claiming! Please take a look at it and volunteer if you can. And keep an eye on the community for future pinch hits!

Thank you!

I hope everyone is having a great time writing!
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[personal profile] benedict2017-07-21 10:48 pm
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Beta post!

BETA post time! Here is where you can offer to help other people with their fics!

Ao3 tagset - Morbane's organized table tagset

Please fill out this post with these details:

While we're at this, check out the remaining initial pinch hits!! As of this post we need these three claimed:

PH #2 - Mass Effect Trilogy, Dragon Age, Mass Effect: Andromeda, World of Warcraft, Warcraft (2016), Naruto
PH #4 - Prince of Tennis, Tiger & Bunny, Attack on Titan
PH #5 - Mass Effect: Andromeda, Mass Effect Trilogy, Dragon Age
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[personal profile] morbane2017-07-18 07:21 pm
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Assignments & Pinch Hits #1-5

Thanks for your patience, and thanks to the people we contacted about their sign-ups for working with us on matching. Assignments have been sent. You can find them by logging in to AO3 or by checking the email associated with your AO3 account.

If you have a question about your assignment, please don't ask your recipient - instead, please send it to If the question is 'could my recipient please finish their letter', we will not pass it on until July 20, as we suggested people finish their letters by July 19.

Your assignment is due at 11:59pm on September 4 (Central time, USA/Canada).

The following pinch hits are also due at 11:59pm CDT, September 4. Please comment with your AO3 name & email, or email with your AO3 name, if you can take any of them on! Thank you.




PH #4 - Prince of Tennis, Tiger & Bunny, Attack on Titan )

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[personal profile] benedict2017-07-17 12:18 am

Sign ups are closed!

And closing in at 31 sign ups, AUexchange moves into its next phase: Matching!

Please keep an eye on your email in case there's a problem with your sign up! Thank you very much.

EDIT: We have had to contact authors with no recipients! Please check your emails! If all goes well, we hope to have pinch hits and assignments out in 24 hours.

As well, give the letters post a perusal and maybe a link to your own letter!
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[personal profile] benedict2017-07-16 08:19 pm

Sign ups are closing in about 3 hours from this post!


Reminder that sign ups are closing real soon! We currently have 28 people which rocks!

Go here for sign up link and instructions!
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[personal profile] benedict2017-07-13 09:30 am

Sign up reminder!

Reminder that Sign Ups close on the 16th! So if you've been thinking of it, hup hup hup!

We currently have 23 sign ups which is more than I was expecting, so thank you very much, guys. I hope everyone has a great time!
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[personal profile] benedict2017-07-05 11:17 pm
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Letters post!

This is the letters post! Here is the sign-up post and here is the DW table of tags.

Letters are optional! They are messages to your writer that cover what you like or dislike in a story and allow you to expand on your prompts.

You can choose to:
  • write no letter, and put in the requests section of the sign-up form all the information you think is necessary (whether or not this includes optional details);

  • write a letter and link it in each of your requests, leaving the optional details blank;

  • write optional details for your requests in the sign-up form, AND link a letter for each of your requests.

It's up to you! But before writing a letter, please consider: are you likely to complete it by July 19th? If not, maybe don't write a letter.

If you write a letter, please comment to this post with the following information:

In your letter itself, please include your AO3 name, your requested fandoms, your requested characters and relationships, and your requested AU tags.

Your writer will create a gift for you that includes, at minimum, 1 fandom, 1 character/relationship, and 1 AU tag, each from 1 of your requests! The combinations they have offered may not be the ones you are expecting - please keep an open mind about your eventual gift and be aware that your writer may take your letter as a starting point rather than an end point. When choosing your characters and AUs, please consider all the ways they can be combined and whether you could get a combination you would definitely NOT like.

What else might you put in a letter?
-Your thoughts on the AU tags. Many are open to interpretation. Tags are short - prompts can be long!
-Your thoughts on the characters and relationships. For example, if asking for a non-canon pairing, how do you like the canon partner(s) to be treated? How do you feel about background characters and relationships?
-Do Not Wants. We will not enforce them unless they are also in your sign-up form, but it may help to have the information clearly visible for your assigned writer or a potential treat writer.
-General likes!
-General dislikes!
-General thoughts on canon(s)
-Useful things you have seen in other people’s letters.

Please aim to complete your letter on or before July 19th.
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[personal profile] benedict2017-07-05 02:43 pm
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Sign-ups are OPEN

Hey, everyone!

Sign ups are OPEN!

Here is what the Sign-up form looks like!

Sign-up details:
  • Requests: 3-10 fandoms, 1-20 characters per fandom, 2-20 AUs per fandom
  • Offers: 4-10 fandoms, 1-20 characters per fandom, 2-20 AUs per fandom

  1. Fandom - Choose your fandom!

  2. Characters: This is for characters/relationships. Select at least 1 character or relationship from the tag set.

  3. Relationships: This is where you select your Alternate Universe tags!

  4. Prompt url: Link your letter/prompts here if you have it! Optional.

  5. Prompts: If you have any Do Not Wants, please put them here. We will only enforce what's in the sign up itself. This section can also be used to provide prompts and ideas to your author and will be made visible to everyone. Optional.

You must request a minimum of 3 unique fandoms and offer a minimum of 4 unique fandoms, but you may duplicate fandoms to get specific AU/Character combinations.

Because you will match on at least 1 character/relationship AND 1 AU tag, please be careful to select tags that complement each other. If you ask for a character from the dawn of time + two far-future AU ideas, your writer may get a bit stuck.


Dates and Times in Central/CST:

Nomination Period: June 22nd, Thursday to July 1st, Saturday 11:59pm
Sign Ups: July 5th, Wednesday to July 16th, Sunday 11:59 pm
Assignments out by: July 19th, Wednesday
Deadline: September 4th, Monday 11:59 pm
Archive Goes Live: Sept 10th, Sunday [no earlier than 8:59 am, may be later]
Anon Period Ends: Sept 17th, Sunday [no earlier than 8:59 am, may be later]

Note: If no one is requesting the things you're offering, making you unmatchable, we may contact you to modify your offers. Keep an eye on your email!

Reminder that if you have any problems, please email us at
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[personal profile] morbane2017-07-05 04:01 pm
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Tags for Viewing and Checking

Tags for Viewing and Checking

We are almost at sign-ups! I am excited.

Outstanding question
In Chronicles of Narnia, the tag "AU: Caspian & Eustace & Jill visit Bism" has been nominated. Could the nominator please confirm if they meant this character group, or if they meant Rilian instead of Caspian? Rilian is the character imprisoned by the Lady of the Green Kirtle in The Silver Chair; Caspian is his sea-voyaging father.

New question - Answered, thank you!
In Person of Interest, the tag "AU: No Machine AU: ISA Agent Shaw meets Samaritan Operative Ms Groves (Person of Interest)" looks like two tags accidentally entered together - could the nominator please confirm this is meant to be only 1 tag?

Please continue to check the tag set! It is very much appreciated. Now you can check it in a hopefully-more-legible table, below. (Please let us know if you notice a difference between the table and the tag set.)

List of fandoms )

Tags by fandom )

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[personal profile] benedict2017-07-02 12:00 am
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Nominations are closed!

Nominations are closed!

We're going to finish approving what's still in line then we'll get set up for sign ups on July 5th! See you then!

EDIT: Could the Person of Interest nominator of tags "'Relationship: Team Machine' in Person of Interest (TV)" and "AU: The Winter Soldier (Person of Interest)" please check out this question over here? Confused participant. ANSWERED

EDIT 2: Did the nominator of Naruto mean the anime or manga? ANSWERED

EDIT 3: The nomination in Narnia for "AU: Caspian & Eustace & Jill visit Bism (Chronicles of Narnia)" (as pointed out here might have the wrong character in it. I'm going to assume if no one speaks up, it was working as intended in the final tagset but here's a notice if you meant Rilian instead of Caspian!

Reminder to everyone to check out the tagset for irregularities!
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[personal profile] benedict2017-07-01 01:01 am
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It's the final countdown

Hi! I am messaging you from the beginning of CANADA DAY, the most holy of days!

Why is this important?

Because today is the last day for nominations! (COUNTDOWN)

Exciting! We have no announcements besides this reminder. In a little under twenty four hours from this post we will close down the nomination form and get ready for sign ups!

Please tell us if you spot a problem with the tagset either in the comments or via email at!

Other than that, the tagset is pretty much final so you can start planning your requests/offers/prompts now!

(Reminder: We plan to make requests visible during sign ups to help people better guide their choices)
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[personal profile] morbane2017-06-30 09:34 am
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~2 days left for nominations

Nominations will close at 11:59pm CST on 1 July. (Countdown)

Here is how to nominate, and here is where to nominate.

  • Shadowhunters nominator, could you please help us with the following tag: "AU: 2x03 True love's kiss awakens Alec Malec accidental soulbond + parabatai (Shadowhunters)" - is this two separate AUs?

  • Each fandom needs at least 1 character or relationship and 2 AU tags nominated. Fandoms that don't have this will be removed from the tag set.

  • We will not approve 'Original Characters' as a character tag, sorry. We will approve 'Original Characters' as a character tag in a canon if they are appropriate to an AU tag nominated in that canon.
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[personal profile] benedict2017-06-27 08:36 pm
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Request for clarification!

Power Rangers nomination! Do you mean the television show? We can't tell.

Shadow Hunters nomination! The tag: "AU: 2x03 True love's kiss awakens Alec Malec accidental soulbond + parabatai (Shadowhunters)" requires some clarification because we are confused. Please comment and explain a bit more what you mean.

Leverage and Lethal Weapon nominations! Please remove your crossover ships (replace them if you wish): Relationship: Martin Riggs (Lethal Weapon) & Mr. Quinn (Leverage) under Lethal Weapon and Relationship: Lindsey McDonald (AtS) & Eliot Spencer under Leverage.
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[personal profile] benedict2017-06-24 08:34 pm
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Tag note!

Hi, everyone! This is just a heads up that we're going to have to reject some messed up nominations and would like to remind you of the rules!

First off, here's a sample of well-formatted nomination slate:

Character is for characters/relationship, and Relationship is for AUs!

Please check your nomination and make sure you’re using the right slots for the tags you want! Do NOT put relationships in the field marked “Relationships”! We know it is counter-intuitive, but we need you to work with us here - this will allow matching to work.

Problem two: Fandoms with less than 2 AUs will get purged! Fandoms still in need of more include: Gilmore Girls, X-Files, Charmed, and others! Please check the tagset to make sure your chosen fandoms have enough AUs stay in the tagset.

EDIT: Quick addendum! Please keep your crossovers to the AU section! Please do not put crossovers in the character area.
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[personal profile] morbane2017-06-23 10:25 am
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Check y'au'll

Nominations have begun! The main nominations guide is HERE and a longer FAQ is HERE.

We are already seeing nominations that do not follow guidelines. Please make sure you use the CHARACTER field for characters and relationships only, and use the RELATIONSHIPS field for AU tags only. Tags entered in the wrong field may not be approved.

Please especially check our GUIDELINES for related fandoms and franchises.

Thank you, and we'll get to approving shortly!
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[personal profile] benedict2017-06-22 08:42 am

Nominations are OPEN

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN! Please go and nominate your fandoms, characters/relationships, and ideas for alternate universes!

The FAQ explains how to nominate and how you’ll use nominated tags in your sign-up. Check there first if you have a question, then please ask by email ( or by comment if something’s not clear. Some nominations-specific tips:

You want to be as clear as possible what you mean with the AU - not just so the mods know what you mean, but so that someone coming along later is on the same page as you about what they’re requesting or offering.


A bit vague:
AU: Phoenix Doesn't Die (Marvel Comics)

AU: Jean Grey Is Not Killed By Xorn (Marvel Comics)

Why is this better? Clarity! There are multiple characters named Phoenix who have died multiple times. This way makes it clear which Phoenix you mean and what you want to change.

Your mods are fallible humans [or possibly a menagerie of small animals] who aren’t familiar with all canons. Please be around to answer questions if necessary, and please be willing to work with us to create tags that makes sense to most!


  • Fandom tags go in the “Fandom” field - see the FAQ for guidelines on the fandom tags for franchises

  • AU tags go in the “Relationship” field, always start with “AU:”, and include the fandom or an abbreviation at the end in brackets

  • Relationship tags, whether platonic or romantic, go in the “Character” field, always start with “Relationship:”, and include the fandom name or an abbreviation at the end in brackets

    • Romantic or sexual relationships are indicated by a slash, like Relationship: Benjamin Sisko/Kira Nerys (Star Trek Original Timeline)

    • Platonic relationships are indicated by a spaced ampersand, like Relationship: Harry & Luna & Neville (Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling)

  • Character tags go in the “Character” field, and may include the fandom name at the end in brackets if it’s a common name that could fit in several canons. [Matching is OR, so a character nominated by themselves may give rise to a work that is only about that character or has them as the only focus.]

Thank you.

EDIT: We will now be allowing you to request 20 AUs per fandom in the final sign up.

EDIT 2: Please look at the tag set! Are there any tags that don't make sense to you? Please ask about them! If you can't tell what the nominator wanted, ask now, and we can discuss a tag that ensures everyone's on the same page. We know that if people interpret a tag very differently, sadness can ensue.
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[personal profile] benedict2017-06-20 09:18 am


2 days until nominations open!
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[personal profile] benedict2017-05-18 10:08 pm


Welcome to Alternate Universe

This fic exchange is for:

  • What ifs

  • Alternate universes

  • Canon divergence

  • Elseworlds

Alternate Universes come under a lot of different names - this is an exchange to let your imagination go wild.

Who's in charge?

Mod: [personal profile] benedict
Co-Mod: [personal profile] thedevilchicken
Co-Mod: [personal profile] morbane

Please contact the mods with any problems at! NOT via journal messaging, or any other means.


When does this exchange run?

All times in CST/Central

Nomination Period: June 22nd, Thursday to July 1st, Saturday 11:59pm
Sign Ups: July 5th, Wednesday to July 16th, Sunday 11:59 pm
Assignments out by: July 19th, Wednesday
Deadline: September 4th, 11:59 pm, Monday
Archive Goes Live: Sept 10th, Sunday [no earlier than 8:59 am, may be later]
Anon Period Ends: Sept 17th, Sunday [no earlier than 8:59 am, may be later]

Where is this?