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. In 2010, 367 works were proposed and several prominent writers evaluated each category. As a result, a total of nine writers including Junghyeok Gim's Zombies among other works, received awards in the five categories, representing a total of 90 million KRW, each winner being awarded 10 million KRW along with all the rights to the respective works including copyright. The winning authors are obligated to use their award money to publish and present their award-winning works within a year. Certificates of support for the award-winning works were presented in a ceremony in the Convention Hall on the 23th floor of the Kyobo Building on August 24. In order to expand funding for beneficiaries, the Foundation intends to increase gradually the amount of funding. In 2010, eight books that had received funding including four fiction novels, one drama, one criticism and two children's books were published.