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

2022 Sejong Writing Competition

Eligibility: US and Canadian residents
Categories: sijo and essay

Status: open
Competition deadline: March 31, 2022

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

Status: closed
Submission deadline - piano: October 17, 2021
Submission deadline - violin: October 31, 2021
Competition Results:
2021 competition: winners | judges (piano & violin)
2020 competition: winners | judges | Winners Concert (Virtual)

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: closed
Competition deadline: September 30, 2021
2021 competition results: winners | judges | winners' sijo

Wisconsin Sijo Competition

Wisconsin Sijo Competition

Eligibility: Residents of Wisconsin
Division: adult | Senior | Junior

Status: open
Competition deadline: January 17, 2022
2021 competition results: winners | judges | winners' sijo

The Wisconsin Sijo Competition is a collaborated between CEAS at Univeristy 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

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Upcoming, Current and Recent Events
Sejong Virtual Fundraiser

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

What makes Sijo good ? - Prof Mark Peterson analizes and comments on winning sijo from the past Sejong Sijo Competitions. " the really better Sijo are ones that touch on really important issues or some emotional tie ..." (YouTube Chanel - The Frog Outside Well, 11/4/2019 posting, Sijo #3)

What is important in translating Sijo? - Prof Mark Peterson emphasizes that "a sijo, in translation, should be a sijo...." (YouTube Chanel - The Frog Outside Well, 10/29/2019 posting, SIjo #2)

1/2/2022 Wisconsin Sijo Competition - The first 200 entrants in the adult division of this year’s WiSiJo competition will receive a complimentary copy of Richard Rutt’s The Bamboo Grove: An Introduction to Sijo, thanks to a partnership with the University of Michigan Press and additional funding from the Hyuk Yu Fund for Korean Studies. 
~ University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for East Asian Studies.
10/30/2021 2021 Sejong Music Competition (virtual) Piano category winners have been announced
7/1/2021 Updated YouTube Sejong Channel
How to write sijo, Teaching sijo, sijo and music, sejong music competition winners performances, introduction to korean traditional dances ,,,
2/18/2021 2021 Wisconsin Sijo Competition Results - Winners and their entries
1/17/2021 (in Korean) Video recording of Korea Sijo Association's New Year round table discussion on "future of sijo": Lucy Park - Sejong Cultural Society, Prof. Mark Peterson, & Officers of Korea Sijo Association
11/15/2021 Results available for 2021 Music Competition. winners | judges | winners concert (virtual)
INFO Updated Sejong Cultural Society YouTube Channel

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


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