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L.A. Affairs

L.A. Affairs chronicles romance and relationships. If you have comments to share or a story to tell, write us at home@latimes.com.

We are looking for previously unpublished work. We prefer stories that are rooted in the present, not the distant past. Each story needs to have an arc. Mere musings on the state of affairs won't do. We like stories to have a strong sense of place and to feel rooted in Southern California. Submissions should be 700 to 900 words. Stories must be true and written in the first person. Everything in each piece must be factually correct. No exaggeration, no fictional or composite characters, no hyperbole for the sake of dramatic effect.

We understand that these stories are personal, and we will edit them with the greatest sensitivity we can muster. But we will edit — for content, for length and for tone. We see writing and editing as a collaborative venture, but ultimately the editor's decisions will stand.

  • 'No matter what' leads to what matters most
    'No matter what' leads to what matters most

    A 100% match! I did a double-take on the results of my first foray into computer dating. I hadn't made any concessions on what I said I wanted in a man, clearly stating my "musts": Must be Latino, educated and enjoy sports, theater, movies and Frank Sinatra. My list also included that he be...

  • Battle of L.A. vs. NYC ends in a love match
    Battle of L.A. vs. NYC ends in a love match

    "You live in New York. I'm a Los Angeleno to the core. Want to start a friendly coastal rivalry?"

  • Trivia night ends with the right answer: Irene
    Trivia night ends with the right answer: Irene

    I had been back from Seattle for two months. I had moved to the Northwest from my native San Fernando Valley to escape the pain of my first true heartbreak. The beauty and splendor of the Emerald City had done just enough to help me start over again in Los Angeles on my terms.

  • No fear on that freeway of love
    No fear on that freeway of love

    I was single and terrified of relationships. I limited myself to meeting men in cyberspace. The Internet may have wires, but it doesn't have strings. Online chatting was a good way for me to flirt and practice my social skills without fear of getting hurt.

  • A dreamy dude on a dude ranch
    A dreamy dude on a dude ranch

    The horses aren't the most majestic creatures on a trip to a dude ranch with her sister.

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