Saturday, May 17, 2014

PRO SE PRODUCTIONS HOLDS OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO ANTHOLOGY THAT TAKES READERS ‘BACK TO OZ’!

An independent publisher of Genre Fiction, Pro Se Productions announces today an open call for submissions for a new anthology set in a land that has thrilled generations of children and adults for over a century. Pro Se Productions invites creators to take a trip BACK TO OZ!

“It amazes me,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se, “how many requests we get a month for Pro Se to do an Oz book. It’s actually a thought I’ve had for awhile, being a fan of the wildly inventive and exciting world that L. Frank Baum took his own children, then the rest of us since, to with words full of his own personal childhood wonder. And although many readers will definitely recall the film version of Oz or maybe even some of the more recent, rather interesting takes on Baum’s work, BACK TO OZ will follow the yellow brick road right behind the original fourteen books.”

BACK TO OZ will feature stories utilizing only the material from L. Frank Baum’s original 14 Oz books. Authors may introduce new characters into the mythos, but any characters created in later versions of non Baum Oz books cannot be used. Also, although authors are not encouraged to mimic or mock Baum’s style, the stories must be written in the same flavor as the original tales. Only elements that were present or indicated in the original fourteen books will be allowed.

“So many books,” continues Hancock, “in the last several years about Oz have taken alternative views. ‘What if Oz was ravaged by war?’ or ‘What if Oz was really this dystopian hell?’ and so forth. Although there is a place for those sort of tales, maybe even at Pro Se, that place isn’t this anthology. In BACK TO OZ, we want readers to rediscover why they fell in love with Baum’s books originally and we want to see writers tackle one of the greats and do it justice. And don’t think that that means these have to be stories that only children will enjoy. Oz is one of those lands of lore that thrill all ages.”

Stories for BACK TO OZ must be 10,000 words in length. A proposal of 100-500 words must be submitted to submissions@prose-press.com. 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.

BACK TO OZ 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 directorofcorporateoperations@prose-press.com.

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