Sijo Competition Rules and Information

in collaboration with the Korea Institute, Harvard University

Currently closed

how to write sijo | sijo samples | sijo references (links)

Divisions: one division open to all pre-college students (grade 12 and younger).

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 mid-April. This estimate is subject to change depending on the number of total entries received; a more accurate estimate will be posted on our website by the competition deadline.
Prizes (funded by the Korea Institute at Harvard University):
  • First ($500), Second ($400), Third ($300)
  • Honorable mention: Friends of Pacific Rim Awards ($50 each)
  • Competition winners will be announced in AZALEA: Journal of Korean Literature and Culture.
  • Winners' works may be published in the Korea Times Chicago or the Korean Quarterly.