WEEK OF WRITERS CALLS! ‘PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE’

WEEK OF WRITERS CALLS! ‘PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE’ NEEDS TWO MORE STORIES TO FILL THE ANTHOLOGY OF A CLASSIC RADIO SHOW!

Continuing its tradition of bringing back unforgettable characters that have somehow been forgotten by most, Pro Se Productions, as a part of its Week of Writers Calls states that a minimum of two stories are necessary to fill PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE, an anthology based on the now public domain radio series starring Jack Webb.

 Not really a detective, but more of a man literally for hire on the waterfront in San Francisco, Novak found himself usually tied up with crime and cops to the tune of murder and his own life in danger. Along the way, he’d run head on into Lieutenant Hellman and often have to go to his old pal Jocko Madigan to get out of whatever soup he was in. What made NOVAK ‘one of radio’s most unusual programs’, as advertised in its opening, had to do with how it was written. Narrated by Novak, each episode was so full of one liners, extremely purple descriptions, and such use of language that many called the program hard boiled poetry. While some consider PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE a hard boiled spoofing program, it elevates the pace and concept of hard boiled to a whole new, slightly ridiculous level.

 All stories for PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE must be set between 1946-1950 and must include Lieutenant Hellman. The stories do not have to include Jocko Madigan, the other recurring character from the program, but Jocko appeared in every known episode, a part of the show’s formula. Writers may experiment with different structures and different formulas, including or not including Jocko, but editors will be looking for the show as a whole to be represented in proposals and stories.


Writers wanting to make proposals should listen to episodes of PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE at https://archive.org/details/PatNovakForHire. Interested writers should write a detailed proposal for a single 8 to 10,000-word story and email it to submissions@prose-press.com. If the proposal is accepted, the story will be due within 60 days of acceptance. When all stories are in, the book will enter the publication queue. Payment will be royalty based.

If you have any questions, email editorinchief@prose-press.com. To follow Pro Se Productions follow us on Facebook for all of the latest news and releases.

Thank you for reading,

Ernest

Open Anthology call for EDGAR ALLEN POE-TIME TRAVELER!

WEEK OF WRITERS CALL! ONE STORY NEEDED FOR ‘EDGAR ALLEN POE-TIME TRAVELER’ ANTHOLOGY!

As part of its week of calls to fill open anthologies, Pro Se Productions announces that a minimum of one story is needed for a collection focusing on a wild alternative take on of the world’s best known and mysterious authors-EDGAR ALLEN POE-TIME TRAVELER!

 A concept that takes Poe to a whole new level comes from the creative brain of author and anthology editor Ernest Russell. The concept for this anthology comes from an old theory that makes a note of rather curious and seemingly prophetic events in Poe’s writings.

 Stories in the anthology should work from the premise Poe was a frequent time traveler. While examples represent only a few adventures/information he incorporated into his stories, this anthology shall feature the stories of his experiences that he did not report.

 • Stories can only travel to Poe’s future. No grandfather paradox.

 o Travel to a period can involve a historical event or occurrence but is not necessary.

 o These adventures do not have to relate to Poe’s published work.

 o Allies/Companions in the story will be considered. Still, many have been done using H.G. Wells and Nikola Tesla stories; using them will not be allowed.

 • Stories are not to be set within Poe’s lifetime.

 o One exception – because of the mysterious circumstance surrounding his death- stories involving the week before his death will be allowed, though limited in number.

 • Any method of time travel is available – Portal, Mental/astral projection, Magic, a mechanical device, etc.

 • Stories can be in any genre. Poe had an influence upon-Detective, Horror, and Science Fiction.

 All interested authors should request the anthology bible and submit proposals for a single 7-8,000 word story to submissions@prose-press.com. The story will be due within 60 days of acceptance if the proposal is accepted. Once the story is completed, the entire anthology will move into the publication queue. Payment will be royalty based.

 If you have any questions, email editorinchief@prose-press.com. Follow Pro Se Productions on Facebook for all of the latest new and releases.

Thank you for reading

Ernest  

ALL THAT WEIRD JAZZ

One of my short stories – Starshine in Storyville just dropped!

‘All That Weird Jazz’ was an entertaining concept for an anthology. Jazz is such a rich musical tradition with volumes of intriguing lore and incredible sound. As one of the editors, it was a pleasure reading the various takes on the theme.
The story I contributed is set in a shared universe by other characters set in more anthologies coming from Pro Se Press.
I hope you enjoy reading this anthology as much as I enjoyed writing for it and editing ‘All That Weird Jazz.’

Weird Jazz

Jazz. A music of improvisation, of passion, of its very own kind of magic. Considered by many to be the only truly original American form of music, it has since its birth in a smoky room somewhere also been tied to the strange, wrapped up in the supernatural, associated with the occult, at least in hints and shadows. Pro Se Productions now brings together several of the most innovative writers in genre fiction today in ALL THAT WEIRD JAZZ, telling the tales of the unusual between the notes, the magic behind the music.

From straight up pulp action to ghostly noir to a dragon who digs Jazz more than anyone else, ALL THAT WEIRD JAZZ takes love for this unique musical styling to an all new level, complete with adventure, thrills, and even a chill or two.

With stories by Kimberly Richardson, MA Monnin, Ernest Russell, EW Farnsworth, James Hopwood, McCallum J. Morgan, Mark Barnard, Davide Mana, and Sharae Allen, ALL THAT WEIRD JAZZ combines the fantastic and unusual with America’s own music for one of the most unique collections of stories ever. From Pro Se Productions.

Featuring a fascinating cover as well as logo design and print formatting by Antonino lo Iacono and Marzia Marina, ALL THAT WEIRD JAZZ is available in print on Amazon for $9.99.

This singularly distinctive anthology is also available as an eBook formatted by lo Iacono and Marina for the Kindle for only $2.99. The book is also available to Kindle Unlimited members for free.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, email editorinchief@prose-press.com.

To learn more about Pro Se Productions, go to our website for open calls, submission guides and our catalogue. Like Pro Se on Facebook for the latest new and releases.

Thanks for reading,

Ernest

CALL FOR A HERO!

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PRO SE PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES WRITERS CONTEST-CALL FOR A HERO!

A leading Publisher of Genre Fiction, Pro Se Productions is always on the lookout for new characters, those fighting the good fight against evil, maybe against good, or just to survive. Pro Se announces its CALL FOR A HERO! Contest seeking out the next character to wow readers with strong, pulpy tales!

To enter, Writers must submit an email with requested registration information and then submit a 2500-3000 (hard limits) story featuring the first appearance of a new lead character, the ‘hero’, placed in any genre.

The story must be single spaced, double spaced between paragraphs, 1 inch margins, 12 point type Times New Roman.

Each entry must include writer’s name, pen name if one is used, address, phone number, and email address. The submission must be a never before published complete story. One entry per author.

The top ten stories will be collected into an anthology to be published by June 2, 2020.
The top three stories will also receive a single book publishing contract to consider featuring the hero featured in the winning stories.

The grand prize winner will receive $50.00 AND an exclusive digital only release of the winning story in which the author collects ALL proceeds of any sales published by August 1, 2019.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES-JUNE 1, 2019
EMAIL REIGSTRATION AND SUBMISSIONS TO
submissions@prose-press.com

All rights of ownership remain with the author of any submission. Winners of the above prizes will receive contracts for rights Publisher desires to use, but will retain ownership of concepts and work.

TO PARTICIPATE, WRITERS MUST SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE SUBMITTING A STORY-
NAME, MAILING ADDRESS, EMAIL ADDRESS, AND PHONE NUMBER- TO submissions@prose-press.com.