We are looking for previously unpublished work.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.
It was our third date. I'd been single for three years, two on purpose. "P" said he wanted to go for a walk. I love walking, even if "nobody walks in L.A."
I discovered a sweet surprise when I saw jazz artist Mark Murphy at the Jazz Bakery. My memory of the show will live on even though Mark Murphy has died.
OK, dating online in Los Angeles is rough, but here's what happened when one woman decided to just chill out about it.
Awkward moments in the first months of dating leave a Los Angeles couple with a few more laughs and stories that bond them.
L.A. Affairs: A musician learns love can be found in L.A., ditch the wrong husband, pursue your passion, call twice, listen to mom
The 'agent to the stars' had a talent for smooth talk, loud clubs and confrontations, but when he demanded 10% for finding a lawyer after a hit-and-run, that was it.
It didn't start well, they often left each other with a bad taste, there was a major false move ... and in the end love wins out
L.A. Affairs: She met her Army Reserve man in New York before returning to Los Angeles, where they would later have their best times.
L.A. Affairs: A Tinder user says he always swipes right, saying yes to any possibility. It can save time but add to vulnerability.
L.A. Affairs: A breakup meant turning to JDate again. A night that began with a broken wine glass ends with an unforgettable first date.
L.A. Affairs: Visions of a movie-perfect beach picnic turn into fright night when a drunken intruder lands on their blanket for two.
Her story about a military charity project led to a friendly pen-pal debate with an Army captain about her New York versus his Los Angeles. It ended in a tie-the-knot.
L.A. Affairs: After meeting online, her date disclosed his 'unique' hobby: collecting all manner of toys and hero memorabilia, and organizing it all meticulously in his garage.
L.A. Affairs: She worked on the ninth floor, he worked on the fourth floor of a downtown building. A broken copy machine started his paper chase.