Welcome to the Sejong Cultural Society

The Sejong Cultural Society strives to advance awareness and understanding of Korea's cultural heritage amongst people in the United States by reaching out to the younger generations through contemporary creative and fine arts.  more

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Watch 2021 Sejong Virtual Fundraiser Event

2024 Sejong Writing Competition

Eligibility: US and Canadian residents
Categories: sijo and essay

Status: closed
Competition deadline: February 29, 2024
2024 competition result: sijo winners | essay winners | winning entries

Eligibility: pre-college students
Categories: violin and piano ("virtual" competition)

Status: closed
Submission deadline - October 22, 2023
Competition Results:
2023 competition: winners | judges (piano & violin) | Winners Concert

International Sijo Competition

Sejong International Sijo Competition

Eligibility: any nationality (including USA and Canada)
Division: one division for all age
Sijo must be written in ENGLISH

Status: open
Competition deadline: September 30, 2024
2023 competition results: winners | judges | winners' sijo

Wisconsin Sijo Competition

Wisconsin Sijo Competition

Eligibility: Residents of Wisconsin
Division: adult | senior | junior

Status: closed

Competition deadline: January 15, 2024
2024 competition results: winners | judges | Entries

The Wisconsin Sijo Competition is a collaboraive project between the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Sejong Cultural Society

The Sejong Prize for Music Composition
Eligibility: open to all composers

Status: closed
Competition deadline: June 30, 2015
2015 competition results: winners | judges


6/20/24,6/27/24 2024 Virtual Sijo Workshop (free)
Ongoing Online sijo class for educators
TBD Virtual Fundraiser

Sejong Cultural Society 20th Anniversary - 20th Anniversay Korean-Themed Music Concert at the Galvin Recital Hall

Click HERE to view the interview video from The Arirang News (2/12/2024)

Click HERE to view the Concert and Symposium Highlights (in Korean) from the News Magazine Chicago (3/8/2024)


THE KOREA SOCIETY - A talk with the Authors of "SIJO: Korea's Poetry Form": Lucy Park & Elizabeth Jorgensen by Linda Tobash, Senior Advisor for Education, The Korea Society.

Click HERE to view the video from The Korea Society; A talk with the Authors of "Sijo: Korea's Poetry Form"

8/2022 Sijo reference book has been published - "SIJO: Korean Poetry" (Edited by Lucy Park and Elizabeth Jorgensen) - sold at Amazon.
Also, complimentary copies of this book is available for educators who teach SIJO in classes in USA. - Send an email to sejongculturalsociety@gmail.com.
5/2022 Sojung Hong's CD: From East to West - CD with 24 piano solo pieces with a Korean theme by Professor Sojung Hong (required repertoire of past Sejong Music Competition)
Sejong Virtual Fundraiser

Check out our "Susanna Song's Interview with Sijo Competition Winners" series at our YouTube Channel.

Check out our new SIJO Reference Book "SIJO:Korea's Poetry Form" - sample pages

Check out our sijo and music page to see how we've incorporated sijo into contemporary musical genres ranging from hip-hop to classical

Video recordings of three high school English teachers teaching sijo writing in their classes. (VA, WI and TN)

The sijo poetry form captures a Harvard professor's imagination - Read the Boston Globe's interview of Sejong Cultural Society Writing Committee member and competition judge David McCann on sijo in America.   more

KBS2TV broadcast (in Korean) - TV news station in Korea, KBS2TV covered the Sejong Cultural Society's series of sijo events in April 2010, including a sijo-based poetry reading session with Korean traditional music, writing workshop, and seminar for English teachers.

What's New
7/13/2023 (new E-Book) 2023 Sejong Writing Competition Info and Winners' Entries
7/12/2023 (new E-Book) Teaching: Korea and Korean American History -Resources for K-12 (Editor: Mary Connor) (E-Book at ISSUU.com)

PODCAST by Saemee Kim -"Sijo - a form of Korean poetry - gains popularity in Wisconsin. Art news article and a PODCAST on "Wisconsin Life"; co-production of Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin (5/23/23)

3/18/2023 Our new SIJO Reference Book "SIJO:Korea's Poetry Form" - received 2023 Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for Curricular Materials from the Association for Asian Studies.
10/24/2022 2022 Sejong Music Competition Winners Concert (virtual) videos have been uploaded.
Excerpt video clips: 1st place winners | best interpretation of Korean theme piece

(in Korean) An introduction to the Sejong Cultural Society in Korean is now available. 세종문화회 소개 (한글)


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Sejong Cultural Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.