Write for “A Smile And A Gun”

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Me, after receiving your guest post! (Or Bee Jackson, queen of the Charleston. Take your pick). Photo Source: Pinterest


Interested in writing for A Smile And A Gun? I’d love to have you! 🙂  Chicago during the 1920s was a happening place, and there’s no way I can cover all of it. So, if you’d like to contribute, that’d be ab-so-tive-ly pos-i-lute-ly wonderful! 😀

P O S T   G U I D E L I N E S :

Length of post: Long and short posts are acceptable, though my preference is for long-form content. Infographics and image-heavy posts are also acceptable as long as you cite your photos in some way.

Research: As you might have noticed, I footnote the hell out of things. While I don’t necessarily expect you to do the same, I do believe wholeheartedly in citing sources, especially if you’re quoting stuff directly. However, I can live with a “Works Cited” section. As long as there’s some idea of where your stuff comes from, I’m cool with that.

Author Bio: Please send an author bio with your post, along with anything you’d like mentioned, linked to, or otherwise promoted. I love promoting people and their stuff, and you can be sure I’ll be linking to your blog, posting your guest post to Facebook, and generally trying to get it out there anyway—but I’d like to focus on what YOU’d like highlighted, if possible. My blog might be pretty small, but I’ll do all I can to promote your stuff. Promise! 🙂

P O S S I B L E   T O P I C S :

I’m open to almost anything, but ideally your topic should relate to Chicago history and the 1920s in some way. That being said, it doesn’t have to be exclusively about Chicago’s criminal past. Here are some ideas:

Chicago criminal history, ideally around the 1920s but I’ll also take earlier (the Levee period is always interesting, heh heh). It doesn’t have to be about Big Al or gangsters either, though Al is always welcome. Con artists, pickpockets, prostitutes, corrupt politicians, small-time gangs, and anyone else from Chicago’s underworld are fair game.

Local Chicago history in general, ideally around the 1920s. Bonus points if you can tie stuff into buildings that are still standing around the city–and you have pictures. 🙂

Cocktails! Prohibition era cocktails are ideal, but if it fits somewhere into early cocktail history and has a fun origin story, I’m game. Anything about drinking during Prohibition is also great, from making bootleg liquor to how to deal with rude drunks in a speakeasy.

Book reviews are also wonderful. I work at a library and read book reviews pretty much every day, so I’d love to feature more of them here. My only caveat is this: please stick to non-fiction, as I’d like to keep this site more research-focused. That being said, reviews of books written during the 1920s are just as valid as reviews  of books written today. If the book relates to the 1920s somehow, though, I’m game.

Details of daily life during the 1920s are most welcome. Personally, I’m constantly looking up stuff like the price of a cup of coffee, or road maps, or what have you. If you’ve got a post about some aspect of 1920s life, I’d love to see it.

Anything unusual or not well-known about the 1920s, particularly social history. I love finding out stuff about the 1920s that still has relevance today. Women’s history during this time is also fascinating to me, and I’d like to have more of that on here in general.


Don’t let this list limit you, though. If there’s something you’d really like to post about that you don’t see here, I’d still love to hear your idea—maybe we can do something to make it work. Either, way feel free to drop me a line anytime at my Contact Me! page. I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

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