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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

GROOVY GUMSHOES Private Eyes in the Psychedelic Sixties

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

The Sixties were a time of great cultural upheaval, when long-established social norms were challenged and everything changed: from music to fashion to social mores. And the Leave it to Beaver households in Middle America didn’t know what to make of it all.

In the midst of all this cultural upheaval, private eyes tried to understand and bridge the generational divide while providing their clients with legal and extra-legal detecting services.

From old-school private eyes with their flat-tops, off-the-rack suits, and well-worn brogues to the new breed of private eyes with shoulder-length hair, bell-bottoms, and hemp sandals, the shamuses in Groovy Gumshoes will send readers on a rollicking romp through the Sixties.

All, or a significant portion, of each story must be set during the 1960s. The ideal submission will be approximately 5,000 words—less than 3,000 is likely too short, more than 7,000 is likely too long. Originals only. No reprints.

Additionally, stories that incorporate historical events (the Altamont Free Concert, the Kent State shootings, the Stonewall Riot, the Delano Grape Strike, the Selma to Montgomery marches, the March on the Pentagon, the 1968 Democratic Convention riots, to name but a few possibilities) and stories with a diverse cast of characters will be considered favorably.

Groovy Gumshoes is scheduled for release spring 2022.

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

Deadline: Submissions open November 1-December 31, 2020. No early submissions. Though rejections may occur at any point during the process, do not expect acceptance decisions until late February 2021.

Payment: A pro-rata share of royalties.

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