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:

Roger King: L.A. Through the Decades
Crossing the Streets in East Hollywood
Eduardo Bermudez and Ricardo Avelar-Lara: In Solidarity Against Police Violence

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)

Student Voices: School-Year, Field Trips, 2030 Goals; 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 teen writer has a story about, idunno, some wacky field trip in an alternate dimension that can actually teach some students 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 teen writer has 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.’


Enter the new SUBMISSIONS form below. In the subject line, type in SUBMISSION:, followed by the name of your piece. This way, I can easily spot your work out from the rest of the messages which come through the site. Also note that image uploads are not allowed for submission just yet, but that they will be very soon. One step at a time, Los Angeles.

Please complete the required fields.
That’s it! Please consider the above as guidelines for submissions. As JIMBO TIMES: The L.A. Storyteller continues to grow, we’ll continue to expand the number and types of entries we can accept. For now, however, I’d say we’re off to a good start. If you’re up for the task, submit your work, asap! For any questions or more specifics, I’m only a Contact form away.