Made in L.A. Writers


Open for Submissions

Note: the submissions deadline has been extended through July 31, 2021.

Made in L.A. Writers is now open for submissions for our fourth volume of short stories. We seek stories that evoke nuanced feelings and leave a lasting impression. We want to meet vibrant characters, hear their distinct voices, and—as always—see the action unfold in a strong Los Angeles setting. 

There is no word count minimum or maximum though we generally prefer stories in the sweet spot of 2,000 to 10,000 words. We accept previously published stories; please include your story’s publication history in your submission email.

All submissions must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font with one-inch margins attached to an email as a MS-Word, RTF, or PDF document. Please include a word count, your name, and your email address at the top of your piece.

To submit: email your manuscript to madeinlawriters@gmail.com with SUBMISSION in the subject line and a brief note of introduction in the body.

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of Made in L.A. editors. Acceptances will be announced in September or October. Publication is scheduled for March 2022.

For stories accepted for publication, Resonant Earth Publishing, working on behalf of Made in L.A. Writers, retains non-exclusive continuing global print and digital rights to publish, produce, reproduce, distribute, and market stories perpetually in ebook and paperback formats (i.e. the rights to publish your story in this specific anthology).

Authors whose works are accepted will receive five free print copies and the option to purchase unlimited copies at cost (print + shipping). In addition, authors will be invited to participate in Made in L.A. Writers-organized events, such as readings, book fairs, and publicity campaigns.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to view your work.


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Recent Events

Made in L.A. and Sideshow Books present “Oh, The People You’ll Know: All About Angelenos as Characters”

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

a literary reading featuring stories of Los Angeles and its inhabitants

Made in L.A. Vol. 3: Art of Transformation is a love letter to one of the greatest cities in the world, one that invites, or forces, its inhabitants to transform with it.

Who are the Angelenos in these stories? How do they navigate a city that shifts around them? What are their hopes and fears?

This event is being produced by Made in L.A. Writers in collaboration with Sideshow Books.

Made in L.A. and Book Monster practice the Art of Transformation

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

A literary reading featuring stories of Los Angeles and the monstrous art of transformation

Made in L.A. Vol. 3: Art of Transformation is a love letter to one of the greatest cities in the world, one that invites, or forces, its inhabitants to transform with it.

The contributors to this volume have written stories that capture the drive and angst of the city and the need to constantly reinvent oneself. Stories of death, catastrophe, and quiet moments of despair illuminate the human soul’s need to connect with others. Join the contributors and editors as they discuss their stories and the revolutionary art of transformation.

This event is being produced by Made in L.A. Writers in collaboration with Book Monster in Santa Monica.


Made in L.A. Art of Transformation Celebrates Small World Books

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

A nostalgic reading featuring contributors of short fiction in Made in L.A. Vol. 3: Art of Transformation

Made in L.A. Vol. 3: Art of Transformation is a love letter to one of the greatest cities in the world, one that invites, or forces, its inhabitants to transform with it.

In the midst of change, Angelenos celebrate those landmarks of the past that persist. Small World Books has a front porch view of Venice Beach and the swirl of characters that saunter by. These reading and discussion features Made in L.A. contributing authors as they look back on a changing city and their inspirations.

An online event hosted by BookSwell in collaboration with Small World Books.


Skylight Books and BookSwell present Art of Transformation

Fri, Nov. 13, 2020

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM PDT

Discover Made in L.A. Vol. 3: Art of Transformation with Skylight Books and BookSwell and contributors of stories with a strong Los Angeles setting.

Made in L.A. Vol. 3: Art of Transformation is a love letter to one of the greatest cities in the world, one that invites, or forces, its inhabitants to transform with it.

We launched our second anthology at Skylight Books to a crowd of devoted readers. This year, we’re coming back online to showcase a set of stories that investigate the art of transformation, something every person and every place in LA undergoes more often than not.

We’ll hear from contributing authors about how LA locales inspired their stories and what it’s like to write fiction that illuminates our beautiful, flawed, transforming home.

An online event hosted by BookSwell in collaboration with Skylight Books.


Made in L.A. Art of Transformation Launch Party

Fri, October 30, 2020

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

A book launch party for Made in L.A. Art of Transformation, stories about a city that invites, or forces, its inhabitants to change.


Made in L.A. Writers Halloween Party

Sat, October 31, 2020

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

Celebrate the art of transformation known as Halloween with contributing writers to Made in L.A. third volume of fiction about Los Angeles.


Made in L.A. Vol. 3: Art of Transformation is now available

Made in L.A. Vol. 3: Art of Transformation is a love letter to one of the greatest cities in the world, one that invites, or forces, its inhabitants to transform with it.

The stories and dreams we share with each other are ever-evolving. The ground shifts beneath our feet. We return to familiar corners and find ourselves out of place and time. Art of Transformation explores interior states of emotional drift and the evolving place we call home.

A collection of short fiction set in Los Angeles.

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Stay At Home and Read Free e-Book Versions of Made in L.A. Volumes 1 and 2

Over the next few weeks, LA is going to pass through a crucible in terms of patients and healthcare capacity.

Many of us are staying at home to reduce the spread of the virus and the burden on hospitals while essential workers are continuing to keep the engine of society running. Bookstores and libraries are closed through at least April 19 and likely beyond, as are many other businesses (not to mention schools!).

The ongoing crisis and its aftermath have upended plans for everyone and will continue to do so for a long time.

To do our part in responding to this crisis, we made Vols. 1 and 2 of our anthologies available for free through the spring and summer. It’s our gift to and on behalf of all Angelenos.

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Submissions for Vol. 3 are Closed

The open submissions period for short fiction for our third annual anthology of stories that prominently feature L.A. settings is now closed. For more details, see our submission guidelines.

About Made in L.A.

The Made in L.A. indie author co-op is a Los Angeles-based group of writers dedicated to the support and appreciation of independent authors.

While our styles, themes, and story locales differ, our work is strongly influenced by our hometown and underpinned by the diverse culture and life of L.A.

Indie authors face formidable challenges: fragmented audiences, intense competition in a crowded market, and traditional publishers’ deep pockets. Increasing the visibility of our books continues to be uphill climb. Going the independent route can also be lonely.

We came together to offer mutual support, to raise our voices together, and showcase burgeoning indie author talent in the Los Angeles area and beyond. To stay up-to-date, sign up for our newsletter, and read about our authors below.

 
Allison Rose
Cody Sisco  »
Cyberpunk/Alt. History
Gabi Lorino »
Gen-X Fiction
Sara Chisolm »
Speculative Fiction