Daesan Creative Writing Funds


Grants from the Daesan Creative Writing Fund are designed to help develop the wide range of creative writing genres and to strengthen Korean literature by discovering and fostering talented new writers. Grants are given to writers who have been active for less than ten years in each of the five categories of poetry, fiction, drama, criticism, and children's literature; their works are collected, the beneficiaries chosen. The selected writers receive a grant of 10 million won, and the award-winning works are publicized upon publication.
In 2008, 339 works were proposed and several prominent writers evaluated each category. As a result, a total of eight writers in addition to Lee Kyungsoo of Literature beyond the Literature in the criticism category, received awards in the five categories, representing a total of 90 million won, each winner being awarded 10 million one. While copyright and all other rights remain entirely the property of the authors, the winning authors are obligated to publish the award-winning work within the year. The foundation aims to launch a "Daesan Creative Writing Fund Series" which will be published in major domestic publishing companies. Certificates of support for the award-winning works were presented in a ceremony in the auditorium on the 10th floor of the Kyobo Building on September 10. In 2008, seven books that had received funding including three books of poetry, two fiction novels, and two dramas were published.