The Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) seeks fictional short stories for its eighth annual Imagine Little Tokyo short story contest in the categories of English language, Japanese language and youth (18 and younger).
The deadline is February 28, 2021. The contest is presented by LTHS in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum’s Discover Nikkei project.
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.
The short story committee will be specifically looking for stories that capture the spirit and sense of Little Tokyo.
Each category winner will be awarded $500 in cash with their short story being published in The Rafu Shimpo, Discover Nikkei and Little Tokyo Historical Society website.
A virtual award ceremony and dramatic readings of the winning stories are also being planned for 2021 at the Japanese American National Museum.
Actress Tamlyn Tomita was one of the three performers reading Imagine Little Tokyo winning short stories at the 2020 virtual ceremony held on the Japanese American National Museum platform. To view the entire program, go to janmdotorg’s YouTube channel or the Little Tokyo Historical Society (https://www.littletokyohs.org).