Friday, May 23, 2014


Pro Se Productions, a Publisher of New Pulp and Genre Fiction, announces a call for submissions today for an anthology honoring one of America’s most loved authors. Damon Runyon crafted a New York and Broadway all his own, replete with colorful characters and a criminal Underworld like no other throughout his writing career, so much so that a word was created to identify when a story was told in the style of Runyon. And Pro Se Productions now asks writers to submit proposals to its anthology of such tales- RUNYONESQUE.

“Damon Runyon,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se, “did more than simply influence and inspire ‘Guys and Dolls.’ His extremely clever use of dialogue- mingling formal speak with slang of the period- made each of his stories sing with their own melody. His ability to create characters that were somehow simultaneously over the top yet still down to earth endeared him to readers of all stripes, including the very New York types that he included in the stories. But I think the greatest thing about Runyon’s work is his seamless marriage of two different literary worlds- that of crime and gangsters, the shadier side of New York and Broadway wedded perfectly with the human interest story, replete with pathos and humor, gats and dames notwithstanding.”

RUNYONESQUE will feature stories written in the style of Damon Runyon’s original works as well as within the period depicted in Runyon’s tales, roughly 1920-1940. The stories accepted for this volume will not feature characters or cite situations created by Runyon, but rather original characters created by the authors involved in stories very much in the style Runyon created. An online reference for Runyon’s work can be found at

Stories for RUNYONESQUE must be 10,000 words in length. A proposal of 100-500 words must be submitted to Authors not previously published by Pro Se Productions must submit a writing sample of at least two pages with their proposals. Authors whose proposals are accepted must submit the first four pages of their accepted stories as quickly as possible for review by Pro Se staff. Final deadline for completed stories is 90 days following acceptance of proposals.

RUNYONESQUE is scheduled for publication in 2015 by Pro Se Productions.

For more information on this title, contact Morgan Minor, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, at

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