After five years of JIMBO TIMES: The L.A. Storyteller, it’s time to make space on the blog for more voices and stories from communities in Los Angeles and beyond. Enter the new Submissions feature. To maintain and expand the blog’s love for city life and attention to its working class communities, here are the types of pieces 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 apply. A few examples from yours truly are:

Home Again
Crossing the Streets in East Hollywood
Virgil Village Mourns the Loss of Another Youth

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 few recent examples are:

War Against the Panthers: A study of Repression in America (1980)
Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the making of Postwar California (2010)
Their Dogs Came With Them (2006)

Community Voices: Short Fiction, Poetry, 2030 Goals, etc.; 300-750 words. This is a whole new element for the site in which both fiction and non-fiction pieces are allowed. So, if a writer has a story about, say, some wacky field trip in an alternate dimension that can actually teach readers an important lesson to take home, then you can bet it’s a good piece to submit to the site. By the same token, if a writer has a special poem, or a few things they’d like to share with the world about their vision for themselves 10 years in the future, then as we say in the LOS, you already know.

NEW: Pandemic in Los Angeles: 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? The topic is especially important for students across all grade levels. What might the way our society has responded to the corona-virus show about who we are? What lessons should we take? What are a few ways that students can still organize or advance their goals in education despite being quarantined? Or, just, what’s it felt like so far? The right submission will answer these types of questions thoughtfully and compellingly to give readers an important perspective about what to make of this unprecedented time in our society. Our voices must be heard!

HOW TO SUBMIT

Enter the new SUBMISSIONS form below. In the subject line, type in SUBMISSION:, followed by the name of your piece. The answer to the anti-spam question is: Los Angeles.

Please complete the required fields.
Finally, if you insist, you can see what other writers have submitted so far HERE. And for any questions or more specifics: I’m only a CONTACT form away. Thank you, and I look forward to reviewing your submission!

Happy writing!

J.T.

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