Since 1997, Sisters in Crime Los Angeles has proudly published biennial anthologies of original short stories written by its members.

We’re reviewing submissions now for our 2023 anthology, check back soon for updates.

Theme/Title of Anthology:


Submitters must be both current members of


  • Submissions open on March 1, 2022 and close May 31, 2022
  • Stories must be original and unpublished (print and/or online) and must include a murder or major crime
  • Stories may take place in any time period
  • Stories may be in any subgenre (cozy, noir, hardboiled, true crime, etc.)
  • Length must not exceed 7500 words
  • Eligible stories must take place in Los Angeles Count
  • Authors must be members in good standing of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles, and Sisters in Crime (National)
  • Submissions must be sent to [email protected]
  • Submissions must contain the author’s information ONLY in the cover email with the story as an attachment. The story must NOT contain any author information.


  1. Name
  2. Pen name, if applicable
  3. email address
  4. Story title
  5. Word count
  6. Biography of 100 words or less


  1. Word, Word docx
  2. Times New Roman 12 pt. font
  3. Double-spaced
  4. 1” margins
  5. Use a centered ***** to indicate a line break
  6. Center the story title in ALL CAPS on first page, line 1
  7. Start the body of the story two spaces below the title
  8. Page headers: Include title and page numbers ONLY in the upper right or left hand corner of each page, including the first one
  9. Conclude your story with THE END

If your story is accepted, you must grant our publisher first publications rights for print and electronic versions of your story as part of the anthology ENTERTAINMENT TO DIE FOR. Individual authors retain all other rights to their respective stories. Full publication rights in print and electronic formats revert to the author eighteen months after publication. Courtesy expects a credit for first publication to our publisher to appear in subsequent publications. No royalties will be paid to individual authors. All included authors will receive a free copy of the Anthology, and have the ability to purchase additional print copies at a discounted rate.

You will receive an email acknowledging that your submission has been received by the submissions coordinator.

Here’s a PDF with the requirements to download to your desktop.

SINC LA 2023 Anthology guidelines

The 2021 Sisters in Crime/LA Anthology


Cover Avenging Angelenos SINC / LA coverBack cover, Avenging Angelenos Anthology

“Sometimes revenge is the only option for what’s gotten under the skin.”

Los Angeles is the City of Angels. But these natives of Los Angeles don’t wear halos. From the beaches of Palos Verdes to the San Gabriel Valley, from Beverly Hills to Pasadena, this anthology sprawls across Los Angeles County with stories of vengeance, retribution and justice served cold. Avenging Angelenos, from newborns to neighbors, physicians to funeral directors, athletes, artists, students and teachers, have scores to settle and a nefarious itch under their skin that’s got to be scratched.

AVENGING ANGELENOS, a Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles anthology, is edited by Sarah M. Chen, Wrona Gall, and Pamela Samuels Young, with an introduction by Frankie Y. Bailey. It includes these original stories:

The Inkwell by Kathy Norris
The Queen of Mean by Paula Bernstein
The Magic Hour by Peggy Rothschild
Gunning for Justice by Laurel Wetzork
Best Served Cold by Gay Totl Kinman
Manny’s Angel by Jenny Carless
Avenging Superheros by Meredith Taylor
The Baby by Avril Adams
The Unkindest Cut by L.H. Dillman
Funeral Games by Hal Bodner
Christine Thirteen by Melinda Loomis

EPILOGUE with Norman August, moderator, and Sarah M. Chen, Wrona Gall and Pamela Samuels Young, editors.

AVENGING ANGELENOS, is available for order now from the publisher Down and Out Books, or from other major booksellers such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon

Considering featuring AVENGING ANGELENOS, for your book club? Find some suggested Discussion Questions below.

1) What do you feel the title AVENGING ANGELENOS, means?
2) What do you feel the theme of each story is, and does it tie back to the title?
3) Which stories do you think are “who-dunit” stories? Which feel more like they are a “how-dunit” story? Do any feel like they are “why-dunit” stories?
4) Which short story was your favorite and why?

Librarians in Los Angeles County – if you have a Book Club at your library and want to find out how to bring some of FATALLY HAUNTED’s authors to your library, check our Speakers Bureau page for more information.

Get all of the scoops on the Anthology from our Latest News page!