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LTHS Seeks Entries for 2017 Short Story Contest

The Little Tokyo Historical Society seeks fictional short stories for its fourth annual Imagine Little Tokyo short story contest in the categories of English language, Japanese language and youth (18 and younger).

The deadline is Jan. 31, 2017.

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 Los Angeles.

Each category winner will be awarded $500 in cash with their short story being published in The Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website. A public award ceremony and dramatic readings of the winning stories are also being planned for spring 2017.

“We have received submissions from all over the United States and even Japan,” said Bill Watanabe, head of the Imagine Little Tokyo committee. “It’s encouraging to see how this contest encourages people to imagine and revisit Little Tokyo in new ways.’

For more information and guidelines, refer to the Little Tokyo Historical Society website, If you would like to financially contribute to the contest, email

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