Sejong Writing Competition: Essay + Poetry
For Ages 8 to 25,
Focusing on introducing students and young adults to Korean culture and history through literature, our essay category utilizes folk tales and contemporary literature to explore Korean culture, past and present.
Junior division (grade 8 and younger): Contestants are to write an essay in response to one of three provided topics regarding a folktale of the contestant’s choice. Contestants must choose one of the stories listed on our folktales page.
One division open to students grade 12 and younger: Created in collaboration with the Korea Institute at Harvard University, the goal of our sijo category is to introduce students to a lesser-known style of poetry, the traditional Korean sijo. Read about how to write sijo, or see last year’s winning entries.
Poetry @ Harvard