NaNo Los Angeles 4th Annual Anthology

We’re looking for your stories and cover art!

Deadline Extended to Friday, May 26

Three years ago, our former Municipal Liaison, Sara McBride, and a team of WriMos decided to publish an anthology of short stories. They invited submissions from all Los Angeles WriMos as well as anyone who subscribes to the region, regardless of where they live.

In that first year, the team brought together stories from 46 authors around the world and published Believe Me Not. The next year they published It’s About Time, and last year Meet the Systems was added to the collection. Check them out on Amazon, or hey, pick up a copy! It all benefits NaNoWriMo and future editions of the anthology.

We are now in our fourth year, and we’re looking for submissions for the 2017 anthology: We’ve All Been There. Our theme this year is Going back or Returning. We’re open to broad interpretations of the idea, so feel free to use your imagination.

Going back or Returning must somehow be central to the theme or structure of the story.

Your prompt is that the story must contain an element of concealment or hiding.

Story submission guidelines:

  • We’re open to all genres!
  • No previously published stories, please.
  • Your story must have a title. Please put it both on the first page of your manuscript AND in the body of your email.
  • Please do NOT put your name or contact info in the manuscript itself. We want to judge purely based on story quality. Please only put that information in the body of your email.
  • 4000 words maximum, but shorter is great! Make each word count!
  • 12-point type, Times New Roman, double-spaced
  • Send as .doc (NOT .docx), .rtf, or plain-text attachment. Don’t copy and paste the text directly into the email!
  • Grammar check using the Chicago Manual of Style or Grammar Girl.
  • Please let us know in your email if you are submitting as a younger writer (17 and under).
  • Proofread and also have a friend read it before you submit. One entry per author, please!
  • We will confirm receipt of each submission.

Cover art submission guidelines:

  • .jpg, .png, or .pdf format
  • 100 dpi (final artwork to be at least 300 dpi)
  • Smaller than 500×500 pixels (final artwork to be at least 1000×1000)

Here are the details you need to remember:

Due date: Friday, May 19 Extended to Friday, May 26
Theme: Going back or Returning
Prompt: The story must contain an element of concealment or hiding.
Open to: Everyone who subscribes to the Los Angeles NaNo region, regardless of where you live.
Submit to: (Please put “Anthology 2017 submission” in the subject line.)

We look forward to your submissions!

Best wishes,
The Los Angeles NaNo Anthology editing team

The Finish Line

Happy Tuesday Morning Write-Mos,

I hope that everyone has either finished their word count for the month or is near to finishing.  If you have finished, I would like to congratulate you on a job well done!

But if you are like me, you are typing like mad to finish up on time.  You still have today and tomorrow.  Do not give up.  It is not over till it is over. We have until the stroke of midnight tomorrow to win this thing. That being said I am hosting one more Write-In tonight at the Wheelhouse in Los Angeles.

I believe in the writer in all of us.  NaNoWriMo just helps us bring out that writer and teach it some very important habits.  Basically if you write a little bit every day, you can finish a novel in a month.  It may be the first draft, but you would not have that first draft if you didn’t sit down and write.

I have been a romance writer since 1990, but I never finished one of my novels till I joined National Novel Writing Month and took the one month challenge.  Since I joined NaNoWriMo, I took the challenge and that this will be my third finished novel.  I have two that are still in revision. But I have two novels that have beginnings middles and ends.  That is something to crow about.  When you finish this you will have a novel to boast about finishing too.

Now, if you have not already done it, or are not already doing it, sit down and finish that novel you have been working on.  The world needs your novel, your unique voice and what you have to say.  I need your book, because I read like crazy and need new authors to follow. Wouldn’t it be great if my next favorite author was you?

So we still have two days!!  READY! SET! GO!

Finish that novel and win the challenge.  YOU can do this.  I know you can.  I have seen people go from almost nothing late in the game to finishing on time.  You can do it too.  Never give up.  Never surrender. (Yes I did just quote Galaxy Quest.) But it is a great statement.  So Write on and finish your challenge. Win the war against the words.  You have them in you.  Just get them out on paper.


Good Luck Everyone

Toni Nelson

Behind, but still making progress

I’ve been to two write-ins in as many days and, if these groups are representative of the masses, most of you are pretty much up to speed. Congratulations!

There was one person, however, who is trailing behind the pack, reluctant to talk about her progress and even hesitant to shout out her pitiful word count at the end of each word war. To make matters worse, she’s an ML, *cough* sanctioned by headquarters to help folks navigate through the sticky lexical swamp that is NaNo. How embarrassing, right? *Blush*

So… this Tuesday pep talk is dedicated to those of us behind in our word counts.

John Lennon said it better but life happens. Things get in the way and the precious time you squirreled away for writing gets diverted to your children, your parents, or your boss. But, even if your word count isn’t in boasting range, you can still make it happen. Sure, you may have to lock yourself in your apartment for the entire Thanksgiving weekend, with your router unplugged and Uber Eats stuffing meals through the mail slot, but you can turn it around.

There are still eight days of NaNo left, plenty of time, really. I’ve heard that some crazy, adrenalin-junkie freaks don’t even start writing their novels until November 27th or so, yet they manage to finish each year.

So let’s make the next eight days a time to remember, a time of dirty hair and ramen noodles. Let’s grab our own bootstraps and trudge across that finish line with smiles on our faces and 50,000-word crappy first drafts tucked under our arms. We got this, Wrimos!

Write on!