J.T. The L.A. Storyteller

To maintain and expand on perspectives to life in Los Angeles for its working class communities, JIMBO TIMES: The L.A. Storyteller depends on other writers, artists and storytellers making their voices heard. Below are guidelines for the type of work writers everywhere are encouraged to submit:

Living in The City: People, Places, Obituaries or Remembrances: 300-750 words. These pieces do NOT need to be based on L.A., so folks from everywhere are encouraged to submit. Here is one obituary that really captures the “Los Angeles” we’re looking out for: Jeremy Tong: Mayor of Breed Street.

Book Reviews, or Previews: 300 – 750 words. Reviews on books regarding youth, history and culture are especially welcome! Simply remember this Golden Rule: if it’s a book you could recommend for a young teen reader at your local public library, then it’s one that JIMBO TIMES would like to publish a review for. Here is one example of the type of books we’re really interested in: LA SIGUANABA (2019).

Community Voices: Short Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry: 300-750 words. BOTH fiction and non-fiction pieces are solicited. If a writer has a story about, say, some wacky field trip to an alternate dimension that can actually teach regular earthlings like yours truly an important lesson, then you can bet it’s a good piece to submit to the site. As well, if a writer has a special poem, or a few observations they’d like to share with readers from their side of the world, then as we say in the LOS, you already know. Thelma Reyna’s work shows just how it’s done: Thelma T. Reyna: Old Habits.

*NEW* Lessons from the Pandemic: 300 – 750 words: During this COVID-19 season, what better way to capture the experience of all this downtime than by writing about it for Los Angeles, or wherever else you may be based? What might the way our society has responded to the corona-virus show about who we are? What lessons can we take? And what are some ways communities can still organize or advance their goals despite being quarantined? Here is one example of just how this works:  José Ocampo: I wanted School to be Over.


Enter the SUBMISSIONS form below. In the subject line, type in the title of your written work. Then, THE ANSWER TO THE ANTI-SPAM QUESTION IS: Los Angeles. Please also note that the site is currently NOT able to pay writers for published work; however, writers can be certain their work will be promoted on all the site’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For any questions or more specifics, ‘J.T.’ is only a CONTACT form away. Thank you.

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