Call for Submissions: THE EYES OF TEXAS

Texas has it all, from bustling big cities to sleepy small towns, and law enforcement alone can’t solve every crime. That’s where private eyes come in. They take the cases law enforcement can’t—or won’t. Private eyes may walk the mean streets of Dallas and Houston, but they also stroll through small West Texas towns where the secrets are sometimes more dangerous. Whether driving a Mustang or riding a Mustang, a private eye in Texas is unlike any other in the world.

The editor seeks private eye stories that represent the diversity of the Lone Star State. Stories may be set in West Texas, East Texas, the Mexican border, the Gulf Coast, the Panhandle, or anywhere in-between, and should represent the cultural, ethnic, gender, and political differences found throughout the state.

Stories should be set in the 21st and late-20th centuries. Stories set in the past might be considered. Stories unlikely to make the cut include those about private eyes from outside the state who pop in for a one-case visit.

The ideal submission will be approximately 5,000 words and will likely be considered hardboiled or noir. Originals only. No reprints.

The Eyes of Texas is currently scheduled for release to coincide with Bouchercon 2019 in Dallas.

Submissions: Use standard manuscript format. Include name, address, telephone number, and email address on the manuscript. Save as a Word document (.doc preferred) and send as an attachment to In the cover email, include the following information: The location in which the story is set (name of the city or the geographic region) and the author’s connection to Texas, if any.

Deadline: November 30, 2017. Though rejections may occur at any point during the process, do not expect acceptance and rejection decisions until February 2018.

Payment: A pro-rata share of royalties.

FAQs: This call for submissions and answers to FAQs can be found at

About the editor: Michael Bracken has edited five crime fiction anthologies, including the three-volume Fedora series. Stories from his anthologies have been short-listed for Anthony, Derringer, Edgar, and Shamus awards, and have been named among the year’s best by the editors of The Best American Mystery Stories and the editors of The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories. He is the author of eleven books and more than 1,200 short stories in various genres, including crime fiction in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Espionage Magazine, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, and The Private Eye Writers of America Presents: Fifty Shades of Grey Fedora. In 2016 he received the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement in short mystery fiction. Learn more about the editor at

About the publisher: Founded in 2011, Down & Out Books is an independent publisher of crime fiction based in Tampa, Florida. Their novels, anthologies, and stories published in their anthologies have received Anthony, Macavity, Shamus, Thriller, and many other awards. Over the last six years, Down & Out Books has published nearly 200 books and includes Shotgun Honey and ABC Documentation among its imprints. Learn more about the publisher at


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