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

Eligibility: US and Canadian residents
Categories: sijo and essay

Status: open | New adult sijo division!
Competition deadline: March 31, 2019
2019 competition: sijo results | essay results | winning entries

Eligibility: pre-college students
Categories: violin and piano

Status: closed
Application deadline: October 31, 2019
Competition date: Sunday, November 17, 2019
Winners' concert: Sunday, December 15, 2019
2019 competition: winners | judges

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

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

Follow Us!
Upcoming and Recent Events

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
11/17/2019 2019 Music Competition held.
5/26/2019 2019 Music Competition now open.
5/6/2019 Results available for 2019 Writing Competition. essay | sijo | judges | winning entries
9/20/18 2019 Writing Competition now open.
Introducing new adult sijo division
9/7/18 2018 Music Competition now open.
9/7/18 2018 Sijo Workshop for K-12 teachers information posted.
INFO Added video examples of writing teachers teaching about the sijo in their classes
INFO An introduction to the Sejong Cultural Society in Korean is now available. 세종문화회 소개 (한글)