Daesan Literary Awards for Young Writers


The Daesan Literary Awards for Young Writers seeks to refine and nurture young writers and to aid in their overall educational development; the award aims to discover and train literary talents who will play a leading role in the future of Korean literature. Works of poetry and fiction by students from middle and high schools across Korea are screened, and the students producing the finest works are invited to a writing camp attended by a number of writers. A winning work is selected among the students invited. Prize-winning works are published in a widely-distributed anthology; the Foundation will support the meeting of young writers and the publishing of a literary magazine in order to nurture and foster literary skills and friendly relations.
In 2008, 1,503 people submitted their works. A committee composed of six prominent writers was entrusted with evaluating the submitted works and the organization of the camp, and a total of 80 candidates were selected.
A literary competition was organized during the camp, and 34 award winners were chosen: the grand prize winners were Park Jinseon (senior at Suri High School in Gunpo, Gyeonggi Province) and Jeon Yeowon (junior at Jangy Senior High School in the South Gyeoungnam Province). The award-winning works were published in a collection titled I Sold My Bass Guitar.