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Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest

Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest

Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story ContestEntries are invited for the Little Tokyo short story contest.


Little Tokyo as a cultural setting


Little Tokyo Historical Society


First Place: $1,000 cash prize

Second Place: $500 cash prize


31 January, 2014


  • Selection will be judged on storytelling ability and best use of Little Tokyo as a cultural setting.
  • The identity of the three final judges will be announced at a later date.
  • For this prize, the Little Tokyo Historical Society will receive the non-exclusive right to use for our promotional purposes, including the publication in The Rafu Shimpo newspaper.  All other rights will remain with you.
  • The two winners will be invited and encouraged to attend an awards ceremony in Little Tokyo.
  • A free Little Tokyo walking tour and writing workshop will be offered on Saturday, October 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Little Tokyo branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 203 S. Los Angeles St.  To RSVP, email
  • The story must be original, fictional, written in English by the submitting author and never been published (even online).
  • The setting of the story should be in Little Tokyo – either past, present or future.
  • Submitted manuscript should be 2,500 words or less and have a title.
  • File should be a Microsoft Word doc, docx, or rtf.
  • Please use 12 point font, preferably Times Roman or Courier type.
  • Please remove any mention of your name from your short story, including headers.
  • If you incorporate any copyrightable material (such as a poem written by another person), you will provide written permission to reprint or use the materials.
  • The short story manuscript must be submitted digitally as an e-mail attachment to
  • In the e-mail message, please include your name, phone number and age if under 18.
  • Upon its receipt, LTHS will e-mail you a contest agreement form with instructions on where to mail the signed agreement.
  • Submissions need to be e-mailed by January 31, 2014, 12 midnight PST. NO
  • Immediate family members of judges (first-round or final) are ineligible.
  • If you are selected as one of the finalists, you will be required to sign an agreement that warrants and represents that you are the sole creator of the above mentioned work and that you own all rights to it, that it is an original creation that has never been published (even online), that it does not infringe any other person’s copyrights, nor to your knowledge does it violate the rights or privacy of, or libel, other persons.


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