The Pro Files

The Pro Files Wants Your Short Stories, Essays & Poems

And to sweeten the deal…

Ben Human
The Pro Files
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5 min readMay 31, 2024


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I’ll jump right in:

The Pro Files is changing direction. Our focus will no longer be on writer Q&As but on elevating your best short stories, essays, and yes, also poems.

About what? Anything at all.

Aliens & cowboys? Why not. Love? What the hell, sure. Nature, philosophy, art? Bring it on. Lidderachur? Uh, OK.

I mean it, (just about) anything.

What we don’t like

Leave this at the door:

  • Right-wing pleas for inclusion when previously silent on the subject
  • Left-wing raging for inclusion while the going is already pretty great
  • Shit from your bottom drawer that breaches Medium policy. You know, hate speech, racism and sexism (both ways), ableism — many of the isms, including exceptionalism.
  • Bad grammar.
  • Bad taste.
  • Good taste. Elitism.
  • Politics, religion.
  • Plagiarism and copyright violation.

Basically stuff you couldn’t spout out loud at open mic night that could get us cancelled…