2021 Sijo Competition Rules and Information

in collaboration with the Korea Institute, Harvard University

Deadline: April 30, 2021 (11:59pm CDT)

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Divisions: adult division (age 19 and older) and pre-college division (age 18 and younger*)

* College students who are eighteen at the time of the competition deadline are asked to participate in the adult division.

  • Write one sijo in English on a topic of your choice. A title for the sijo is not required.
    More information on writing sijo can be found here.
  • Participants must participate in their age-appropriate division. Younger participants may not apply to the adult division.
  • Entries must be submitted through our website.
  • One entry per category per contestant is permitted. (Contestants are permitted one essay and one sijo entry.)
  • All entries must be written in English.
  • Contestants' names cannot be written in their entries.
  • Essay division age limits do not have a lower limit, but the sijo adult division is limited to age 19 and older. If a pre-college student would like to compete in the adult essay division and pre-college sijo division, s/he must create two separate application accounts.
  • We reserve the right to use all submitted pieces in future publications of the Sejong Cultural Society with no compensation to the authors.
  • We reserve the right to not award any prizes.
  • Winners are generally announced by early May. This estimate is subject to change depending on the number of total entries received; a more accurate estimate will be posted on our website soon after the competition deadline.
Prizes (funded by the Korea Institute at Harvard University):
  • Adult division: First ($1,000), Second ($750), Third ($500)
  • Pre-college division: First ($500), Second ($400), Third ($300)
  • Honorable mention (for both divisions listed above): Friends of Pacific Rim AwardsĀ ($50 each)
  • Competition winners will be announced in AZALEA: Journal of Korean Literature and Culture, published by the Korea Institute at Harvard University.
  • Winners' works may be published in the Korea Times Chicago or the Korean Quarterly.