The 2012 Korean Literature Essay Contest for Students (High School And College)

KTLIT LogoThe 2012 Korean Literature Essay Contest
Call for Papers Date: 2012-11-30

The 2012 Korean Literature Essay Contest The Center for Korean Research (CKR) at Columbia University, in partnership with the Weatherhead East Asian Institute Undergraduate Initiative, invites students to enter the 2012 Korean Literature Essay Contest. This contest is sponsored by the Korea Literature Translation Institute and is open to college and high school students. Essay Contest Eligibility: the contest is open to all undergraduate and high school students currently enrolled in school during the contest application period.

Essay Topic: All essays must be non-fiction and original work. Entrants may choose any topic that analyzes a single aspect of the novella The Bird by Oh Jung-Hee (Telegram Books, 2007). The Bird is available at major online bookstores [And at Amazon].

Essay Format: Undergraduate college students must submit essays that are no longer than 1500 words. High school students must submit essays that are no longer than 1200 words. All essays must use 12 point Times New Roman font and must be double-spaced. On the title page of the essay, please include your full name, home address, email address, name & address of college or high school, current year in school, and planned year of graduation. The essay must be written in English.

Essay Submission: Submit by e-mail to jk2857@columbia.edu. The subject for the e-mail submission should be “2012 Korean Literature Essay Contest.”

Essay Deadline: Essays must be received by November 20, 2012.

Awards for College Students: Prizes will be awarded to the three best undergraduate essays. The first prize winner will receive a Mac Book Pro; the second prize winner will receive a Kindle Fire; and the third prize winner will receive a $50.00 Amazon gift card.

Awards for High School Students: Prizes will be awarded to the three best high school essays. The first prize winner will receive a Kindle Fire; the second prize winner will receive a Kindle Touch; and the third prize winner will receive a $50.00 Amazon gift card.

Winners will be announced in early December 2012. Writers of winning essays grant the Center for Korean Research permission to publish their essays on the Center for Korean Research website (www.columbia.edu/cu/ckr).

Judging: The essays will be judged by affiliates of Columbia University; their decisions are final. The judges decision process is confidential: no discussion of or rationale for the judges decisions will be warranted, required, or forthcoming. Judging will be based on originality and quality of the literary analysis of The Bird. Entries must be non-fiction.

For further information, please call Jooyeon Kim at (212) 854-1728 or visit Columbia Universities’ Center for Korean Research website (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ckr).

Jooyeon Kim
Program Coordinator
Center for Korean Research
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Columbia University

Tel: 212.854.1728 Fax: 212-749-1497
Email: jk2857@columbia.edu
Visit the website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ckr/eventUpcoming.html

2 thoughts on “The 2012 Korean Literature Essay Contest for Students (High School And College)

  1. Two thoughts:

    KLTI should offer to chip in and make the prizes a bit better.

    After all, they supposedly DO want to encourage an interest in KoLit, right?

    Time to put their money where their mouth is.

    Another thing that KLTI should do is emulate this Finnish site:

    http://dbgw.finlit.fi/kaannokset/index.php?lang=ENG

    and provide a searchable database of all Korean books in translation.

    It could not be that hard — there are not that many, after all.

  2. LOL at that second comment..

    Yeah, the prizes should be amped up, particularly the second and third-place ones, and maybe multiple prizes at each level.

    This kind of contest, properly run and advertised, could drastically increase the number of school kids exposed to Korean literature. I’m not sure the word is getting out as it should, though, as I’m primarily seeing this on the “usual suspect” sites, such as my very own blog.^^

    I’ve put it out in other places:

    NAME MCE – multicultural listserv:
    London Korea Links – awesome UK Korean site: http://londonkoreanlinks.net/
    ALitReaders@yahoogroups.com – Asian lit listserb
    Fans of Korean Literature (Facebook group 196 members – Polish and English): https://www.facebook.com/groups/307944885899419/
    Korea.com – Korean blog aggregation section
    nanoomi.net – Korean expat blogger aggregation site: http://www.nanoomi.net

    And will be discussing it on my two radio shows.

    Arirang – Catch the Wave: http://www.arirang.co.kr/Radio/Radio_DMB_Intro.asp?PROG_CODE=RADR0145&code=Be2

    1013 Main Street:

    With more to follow as I think of it.^^

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