NOIRCON 2012 is going slumming with Out of the Gutter Online to highlight new authors and new crime yarns that hearken back to the era when David Goodis grinded out his grim, moody tales and Jim Thompson introduced the world to psycho noir.
Between July 1 and October 15, one story between 5,000 and 8,000 words will be selected each month for a prime spot in ATOMIC NOIR: Four Dark Original Stories Inspired by Post-World War II Crime Fiction. Winners get $50 and a copy of the book, and even better, they get their work distributed to the biggest names and biggest fans in current crime fiction at NOIRCON 2012, the toughest noir event in America, held every two years in a theater basement in downtown Philly.
Among others luminaries, Lawrence Block will be there, slumped over the bar next to Otto Penzler, and should you win, your story, included in this slim, handsome volume, will be placed in these men's hands by the event's organizer and the lead figure in the current David Goodis revival, Lou Boxer.
Lou himself will be in charge of assessing and accepting stories, and helping him to judge and organize the material will be none other than Philadelphia's own crime fiction master, the phenomenal Duane Swierczynski.
It can't get much better so consider that the end of the pitch. Here are the details: