2016 / Judges announced for Little Tokyo Historical Society Short Story Contest

Judges announced for Little Tokyo Historical Society Short Story Contest

Actress Tamlyn Tomita, Newbery Award Winner Cynthia Kadohata Among the Judges; Deadline is January 31

Tamlin Tomita

Tamlin Tomita

The Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) recently announced the judges for its third annual Imagine Little Tokyo short story contest in the categories of English language, Japanese language and youth (18 and younger).

The deadline is January 31, 2016.

Retired UCLA educator Don Nakanishi, arts administrator Marilyn Tokuda and actress Tamlyn Tomita are the judges for the adult English-language category.

Judging the Japanese-language category are writer and research Hiroko Higuchi, children’s book author and poet Sunny Seki and Deputy Consul General Izura Shimmura.

Finally, Newbery Award winner Cynthia Kadohata, Paul Matsubayashi of Kizuna and Sean Miura of Tuesday Night Project will be judging the youth category.

The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness of Little Tokyo through a creative story that takes place in Little Tokyo.

The story has to be fictional and set in a current, past or future Little Tokyo in the City of Los Angeles, California.

Each category winner will be awarded $500 in cash with their short story being published in The Rafu Shimpo and Discover Nikkei website.

A public award ceremony and dramatic readings of the winning stories are also being planned for spring 2016.

For more information and guidelines, refer to the Little Tokyo Historical Society website, http://www.littletokyohs.org.

If you would like to financially contribute to the contest, e-mail littletokyohs@gmail.com