Writing

Now Accepting Prose & Poetry Submissions for Issue 6!
DEADLINE: November 6, 2017 at 11:59pm PST

Literature for Life is a prestigious Los Angeles based online literary journal, salon and resource for middle and high school educators designed to spark a love of reading and writing. We publish up to two issues, annually. Each issue features 8-15 fiction and nonfiction stories, articles, essays, short plays and poems spanning multiple genres. The works are accompanied by original illustrations created primarily by local artists, and curriculum writers develop original middle and high school curriculum for educators to use in their classrooms.

Literature for Life accepts written work in all genres. We value diversity and our authors span a broad variety of ages and backgrounds. Most of our featured works are by Los Angeles based writers and are set in Los Angeles, though we do accept some non-Los Angeles based pieces each issue.

Literature for Life was founded by author Jervey Tervalon to bring excellent contemporary literature to Los Angeles classrooms. Past authors include such luminaries such as Janet Fitch, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Jonathan Gold, Erin Aubry Kaplan, Aimee Bender, and more.

* DEADLINE to submit is Monday, November 6, 2017 at 11:59pm.
* There is no fee to submit work.
* $100 stipend per accepted piece is provided.
* Submit work to [email protected]

Additional Guidelines:

  • Word Count: There is no minimum or maximum word count, though short stories should not be so long as to become novellas.
  • Age Appropriateness: All works should be appropriate for use in a high school classroom. Within that guideline, there is quite a bit of freedom. Please see the stories in Literature for Life Issues 1-5 to give you an idea of some of the more adult themes and language acceptable. On the other end of the spectrum, we are also open to work that is appropriate for younger students, giving teachers a wide range of choices for their classrooms.
  • Review previous issues at www.LiteratureforLife.net.
  • Email submissions to [email protected] and include your name and the genre of your piece in the email subject line (Ex., “LastName_Fiction”).
  • Only submit your document as a Microsoft Word Document.
  • Submit a cover letter and include your name, 100-word bio, word count, and genre. Please let us know if you are a writer from Los Angeles or a writer currently living in Los Angeles.
  • Please note that Literature for Life authors will be asked to guest speak in classrooms when students study their stories. Teachers choose which stories they will teach and our staff reaches out to determine author availability to speak. In addition to guest speaking in classrooms, authors are expected as available to make appearances at readings and events such as launch parties, fundraisers, LitFest Pasadena, and more.