The 2020 Korean Literature Essay Contest

I don’t think we’ve had an essay contest since 2017. It’s good to see it return, organised by UCLan for LTI Korea. The contest is open to readers in the UK.

2020 UCLan IKSU Book Essay Contest

The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is hosting the “2020 Book Essay Contest” in the UK.

Titles for 2020 essay contest

The contest is held to introduce Korean novels that are translated in English to overseas readers.

There will be Awards for five places. Award ceremony is expected to be held in late October 2020.

Assessment panel will consist of academics in Korean Studies and professionals in Korean literature.

  • First place (one place): a book voucher, value of £500
  • Second place (one place): a book voucher, value of £300
  • Third place (three places): a book voucher, value of £100 each

Read one of the three books and send an essay about the book to the email address below.

  • Book to read (choose one): you can find following books at the online bookstores or Amazon.
    o The Vegetarian: A Novel – by Han Kang (2015)
    o Autobiography of Death – by Kim Hyesoon (2018)
    o Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 – by Cho Nam-Joo (2020)
  • Essay: 2,000 words in MS word file (in English).
    You must include your full name, a short bio, and your email address in your essay.
  • Deadline: 28 August 2020
  • Where to submit: IKSUEnquiry@uclan.ac.uk

The result will be announced through IKSU website in October 2020, and also the winners will be contacted by email individually.

The Book Essay Contest is funded by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea), which is an affiliate organization to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), and the IKSU.

The UCLan IKSU Book Essay Contest is open to the public.

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