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 2011, 356 works were proposed and several prominent writers evaluated each category. As a result, nine writers including Seongyong Oh and her book, Wait for Me Delilah, received awards in five categories, representing award money totaling 90 million KRW; each winner was awarded 10 million KRW and gained all rights (including copyright) to their respective works. The winning authors are obligated to use their award money to publish and present their award-winning works within a year. Certificates for the award-winning works were presented in a ceremony in the Convention Hall on the 23th floor of the Kyobo Building on August 25. In order to broaden support for beneficiaries, the Foundation intends to increase funding gradually and to publish award-winning works in a series format. In 2011, six books that had received funding including two poetry works, two dramas, one literary criticism book, and one children’s book were published.