Nov. 22 is the deadline to submit an original monologue or short performance piece for a chance to be included in the Feb. 15 “Community Day of Remembrance” at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.

The 2014 DOR will mark the 72nd anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the unlawful forced removal of thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry and the unconstitutional mass incarceration of 120,000 individuals in domestic concentration camps.

DOR is co-presented with the JACL Pacific Southwest District, Nikkei for Civil Rights Redress, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Manzanar Committee.

The monologues or short performance works should tell the story of how E.O. 9066 has affected you, your family, your generation, and/or your community. The pieces can be happy, sad, touching, funny, or all of the above, and can be fictional or non-fictional.

Winning pieces will be selected by the DOR Committee; winning authors will receive a small honorarium and the opportunity to present their pieces at the Community Day of Remembrance.

Entries must be emailed to as file attachments (.DOC, .PDF, .TXT, or .RTF file types accepted; contact the committee at the above address if alternate file type is preferred). Include your name, your generation (if applicable), and a telephone number where you can be reached. There is no fee to enter. You will receive an emailed confirmation of your submission.


1. Entries must be received by no later than 5 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 to be considered.

2. The competition is open to all individuals, amateur or professional.

3. Entries when performed should be no more than five minutes long in total.

4. All types and genres of work that can be performed live are eligible, including musical and solo performance pieces. Any instruments, props, or media utilized in a presentation must be provided by and are the sole responsibility of the submitter.

5. Works will be judged on their originality and quality, as well as their complementarity with other selected works and their relevance to the E.O. 9066.

6. Winning submitters will be responsible for casting, staging, and directing their own presentations. JANM will provide space for one dress rehearsal before the showcase.

7. Authors retain all rights to their submissions. However, by submitting, selected authors agree to present their work at the Community Day of Remembrance on Feb. 15, 2014, and to allow presentations to be taped for archival purposes.

For any inquiries, email

A scene from the 2013 Day of Remembrance program held at the Japanese American National Museum. (Rafu Shimpo photo)
A scene from the 2013 Day of Remembrance program held at the Japanese American National Museum. (Rafu Shimpo photo)

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