The Pro Se Open is a list of Anthologies that Pro Se plans to do in the future. This is an open call on all the books listed in the Open, that is anyone can submit a story for any of the books in the list. For some of the anthologies, there is no deadline essentially, that is until all the slots open in any given book are filled. However, some will have deadlines attached and these will be noted by each individual title.

The Process will be as follows-
1. An upcoming Anthology is listed in the Pro Se Open.
2. Submissions are accepted (a 2-3 paragraph proposal for the story and at least a two page writing sample if you are a new writer submitting to Pro Se)
3. When the slots for the collection are all filled, a deadline for story completion will be set of approximately ninety days from the closing of the anthology. This will give writers time to complete their tales, artists time to do covers, etc.

 Even though the deadline will be 2-3 months out once a book is closed, Editors assigned to these projects will follow up, monitor, and make sure work is being done. Steps will be taken to move the anthology along as planned if work is not being done in a timely manner.  This means, however, that until all the slots are filled on an anthology in The Pro Se Open, it will remain open, but it is Pro Se's commitment that once all the works are in for a particular collection, that that collection move into high gear toward publication, regardless of current publishing schedule.

The Pro Se Open will be updated periodically as to adding new collections and removing ones that have been filled.


The Following Previously Posted Anthologies Have Filled since The last update of the Pro Se Open-
ONCE UPON A SIX GUN- Jesse James and the Three Bears…  The Little Gunfighter….The Sheriff and the Pea… Little Billy the KidGet the picture?  Blend REAL western characters in with ACTUAL fairy tales, we don’t care what country the tale comes from, but it must be authentic and it must include a real Western cowboy type.  These are not retellings in a Western setting….We want Fairy Tales meets Cowboys!  10,000 word stories, 3 slots open.  THIS COLLECTION IS NOW FULL, CALL FOR VOLUME 2 WILL BE MADE AT A LATER DATE.

THE DAME DID IT- This is an anthology aimed at Writers interested in the Hard Boiled and/or the Noir.   Time period and setting do not matter, but these stories must be two fisted, gun shooting hard core action with one other rule.  The Hero and/or the Villain must be female.  In other words either the Dame solves it or She is the source of the crime/problem.  And no gals playing second fiddle to the male hero or villain either. A woman must take center stage as either the protagonist, antagonist, or both. 10,000 word stories, THIS COLLECTION IS NOW FULL, CALL FOR VOLUME 2 WILL BE MADE AT A LATER DATE

New Anthologies to the Pro Se Open are as Follows-

POKER PULP-A game that the entire world knows about and one that is steeped in lore and legend like no other, Poker has figured into so many Pulp type tales, it is only fitting that there be an anthology devoted to POKER PULP.  The era doesn't matter, the genre doesn't matter.  The style must be Pulp and some form of Poker must be central to the story.  The Old West, The Far Flung Future, a PI's office, or a back room game.  Wherever and whenever, but when you lay your cards on the table, it's gotta be POKER PULP!  Three stories, 10,000 words each.

Anthologies that currently have spaces to fill are as follows-

PULPTERNATIVE!This is your chance to write Pulpy tales based in completely alternate histories!  Have Julius Caesar discover America.  Have a milk truck run over Hitler when he’s three.  Have Montezuma take over most of the known world.  Whatever you want to have happen that isn’t what our history says it is, do sobut here’s the ruleThese have to be clearly Pulp tales.  No grand philosophizing or comment on society today (unless you can slip it into a pulp cover and get it past us), just pure grade Pulp in histories that might have happened.  10,000 word stories, 3 slots open.

COVERT OPS: GEMINI- Not all spies are actors, models, or...spies in their off mission time.  Under a particular program in the United States, active since the 1950s, hundreds, maybe even thousands of America's top secret operatives live the majority of their lives as housewives, plumbers, teachers, garbagemen, and other ordinary, even mundane existences.  But when they receive a message with their own personal codename followed by a single word- Gemini- then they leave suburbia or the rat race and become America's only hope for survival.  Outside of their 'real' lives, these spies show skills and talents not ever apparent in their daily existence.  Guided by a voice known only as 'Officer James', C.O.G. Team Leaders stand ready to pull the best and most devious spies available to the US out of the humdrum and plunge them straight into danger.  Three stories, 10,000 words each (If interested, request bible). ONE STORY SUBMITTED, TWO SLOTS REMAINING

BADGE CITY- This collection is all Police Procedural, but with a slight twist.   Set in an unnamed metropolis, referred to by the local cops and even crooks as Badge City due to the tenacity of the police force, the three stories in this collection will be set in three different time periods and each story will focus on a member of the Connors Family, each one serving on the Police force in some capacity.   Starting in the 1930s-50s, then moving onto the 1960s-80s, and ending in the 1990s-now, three writers get the opportunity to write true police procedurals as written in the eras covered while building the history of a family and a city! Think Dragnet meets 87th Precinct meets Blue Bloods.   Three stories, 10,000 words each (If interested, request bible.)

THE ADVENTURES OF MOOSE AND SKWIRL, TROUBLETAKERS- Trouble happens everywhere in the universe. Any time. Any place. And to make sure whatever cockeyed balance there is is kept, the universe takes care of itself, assigning special individuals to the unpredictable, unrewarding, and usually life threatening task of just being in the completely wrong places at the totally right times to hopefully keep everyone...or most everyone from dying. But the universe doesn't trust just one person to do this, no it works in groups of two. Moose-Stocky, barrel chested, two fisted, sarcastic, and ready to deliver a soliloquy over the bodies of whoever stands in his way... And Skwirl-Seductive, sexy, and with a sense of humor that could kill....literally. These two 'Trouble Takers' travel space and time very much at random, figuring out whatever issue they are thrown into and then fixing it. In their own unique, usually very destructive, bloody way. Three stories, 10,000 word stories ( If interested, request short bible for this one). ONE STORY SUBMITTED, ONE PROPOSAL ACCEPTED, ONE SLOT REMAINING

THE NINTH CIRCLE-VOLUME ONE, This collection centers around a crime ridden precinct and borough in a city that shuffles its misbegotten and forgotten to THE NINTH CIRCLE. Three (If interested, request short bible for this one) ONE SLOT OPEN, 12,500 WORD STORY

If you're a writer or artist and are interested in these anthologies or have questions, email Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations Morgan Minor at ! And check out Pro Se at and

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