plastic flamingos in foliage, photo by Jeanne Biehler
Welcome to
Manuscript 47, the latest edition of our annual online journal! We, the students of Los Angeles Valley College, invite you to explore this site and enjoy our recent efforts in poetry and fiction. Our names appear on the right side of the screen - click them in any order you like to read our individual stories and poems.

We’d like to point out that
Manuscript has a great literary history here in the San Fernando Valley: this edition marks our 47th year of publication, and the third year that we have gone online to reach the wide, webbed world. Help us celebrate with some probing if not festive clicks of the mouse, and while you’re at it, take a look at last year’s Manuscript 46.

Manuscript editorial staff acknowledges with gratitude the students of English 127, Spring 2011, for the enthusiastic support they have given this year’s edition, both through editorial work and submissions. Special thanks go to Jessica Stewart, for taking on the role of student editor-in-chief, and to Jeanne Biehler and Sabrina Westmoreland for allowing us to use their beautiful photos. Thanks also to the Associated Students Union of LAVC for promoting the magazine and encouraging submissions, and to Claudette Belmonte, LAVC webmaster, for her help in getting all of this online.

Submissions: Manuscript accepts submissions exclusively from currently enrolled students at Valley College, and reads work throughout the year. Short fiction and poetry should be accompanied by a cover page that includes the writer’s name, address, email, and telephone number, as well as the title(s) of the work submitted. Take your submission directly to the English Department office in Humanities 121, where it should be placed in the mailbox of Professor Rod Moore.