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 age 25 and younger
Categories: sijo and essay

Status: open
Competition deadline: February 28, 2018
2017 competition: sijo results | essay results | winning entries

Eligibility: pre-college students
Categories: violin and piano

Status: closed
Application deadline: October 27, 2017
Competition date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Winners' concert: Sundary, January 7, 2018
2017 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

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Upcoming and Recent Events
Oct 15, 2017 2017 Benefit Dinner
Keynote speaker: Linda Sue Park
Oct 21, 2017 Sijo Workshop
Oct 21, 2017 Music Inspired by Korean Poetry
Nov 12, 2017 2017 Music Competition
Feb 28, 2018 2018 Writing deadline

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
4/26/17 2017 Writing Competition results now available.
essay winners | sijo winners
winning entries | judges
12/4/16 2017 Writing Competition deadline extended to March 6.
info | apply
12/4/16 2016 Music Competition results now available.
winners | judges
3/1/16 2016 Writing Competition now closed.
8/17/15 2015 Sejong Prize for Composition results now available.
winner & honorable mentions | judges
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)