Welcome to Manuscript 48, 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 on the Valley side of Los Angeles: this edition marks our 48th year of publication, and the fourth 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 47.

Manuscript editorial staff acknowledges with gratitude the students of English 127, Spring 2012, for the enthusiastic support they have given this year’s edition, both through editorial work and submissions. Special recognition goes to Gerald Ruiz and Tracy Gimino, whose poems “Gas Station Hell” and “A Passing-Through,” both debuting here, are the first and second place winners, respectively, of the 2012 English Department Sonnet Contest. (Each spring, around the time of Shakespeare's birthday, students are invited to submit an original sonnet on any subject. Watch for the announcement of our next contest in early 2013.)

Thank you to those who contributed photos for this year’s issue: Danielle Acebes, Dewayne Chavez, Paul Elekes, Tinna Flores, Molly LaFleur, Steven Lipton, Jesse Marenco, Rod Moore, and Shane Schwartz,

Special thanks are in order for 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.