Submission Guidelines

Note: We are currently closed for submissions for Made in L.A. Vol. 5. See below for our submission guidelines and sign up to our newsletter for updates about open submissions periods.

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.

We publish work by new, emerging, and established writers, including those who have been underrepresented or historically misrepresented, with a preference for writers who currently live in and around Los Angeles. Previously published and unpublished fiction will both be considered. Submissions are free.

Submission Guidelines for Made in L.A. Vol. 5–NOW CLOSED

Read on for the call for submissions that closed at the start of this year.

Made in L.A. Writers is now open for submissions through Dec. 31, 2022, for our fifth 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 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 December and January. Publication is scheduled for May 2023.

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 $0.01 per word of the published story, one free print copy, 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 read your work.