Monday, May 26, 2014


Pro Se Productions, a leading Publisher of New Pulp, announces today an open submissions call for a second volume of one of the company’s anthologies. Narrowing the focus for the second collection, Pro Se Productions invites writers to submit proposals to BLACK FEDORA: GANGSTERS ONLY.

“America loves gangsters,” says Tommy Hancock, Pro Se Editor in Chief and Partner in the company. “At least they love them as characters in stories. And we’re talking about the traditional gangster, the guy in the fedora with the Tommy gun in his hands, the moll on one arm, and every badge in the world out to get him. From the 1920s through the 1940s, the image of the American criminal in the public’s minds often dressed well, carried themselves with a certain panache, and had a sort of swagger. But, in reality they were cold blooded killers, ruthless men who mixed business and murder like bartenders mixed martinis. We want both in these stories, the style and the substance of the classic gangster. It’s a fitting focus for a follow up volume of BLACK FEDORA.”

BLACK FEDORA: GANGSTERS ONLY stories must be set between 1925 and 1949 and must deal with gangsters as perceived in that time frame. Stories must take place in the United States primarily, although scenes in other countries may be included as well. No extranormal influences or situations are to be included in these stories, such as magic, super powers, the paranormal, etc. These stories must focus on a central character as well and that character must be a gangster of some sort as previously described.

Stories for BLACK FEDORA: GANGSTERS ONLY 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.

BLACK FEDORA: GANGSTERS ONLY is scheduled for publication in late 2015 by Pro Se Productions.

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