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To expand the concept of May Literature
by discovering outstanding works and writers
The May 18 Literature Award finds great works in terms of its qualities of literature. By doing this, we expect to expand the concept of May Literature and look forward to reading new and fresh pieces.

Contents

  • Main Prize : Poetry, novel, children story, criticism published in two years (prize money 9,000 USD)
  • Rookie of the Year Award : Unpublished literature
  • Poetry : minimum 5 pieces to maximum 10 pieces (one poetry, prize money 2,700 USD)
  • Novel : up to 70 square writing papers (one novel, prize money 4,300 USD)
  • Children's Story : up to 30 square writing papers (one story, prize money 2,700 USD)
    ※ Eligibility for Rookie of the Year Award : who didn't start literary career

Schedule

  • March to April : Call for applications
  • Early April : Closing of the applications
  • Early May : Announcement of winners
  • Mid May : Official ceremony
  • June : Publish winning works in a collection
  • Co-organizer : The May 18 Memorial Foundation, Writers Association of Korea, Munhakdeul
  • Announcement of Winners : On the first week of May, by website www.518.org and individually
    ※ The winning works will be published by Munhakdeul
We don't return the applications When you apply for the May 18 Literature Award, please submit all the files in Word Format or printed versions

History of the May 18 Literature Award

Year Winners Jury Members Number of Applications
2005
  • 5·18 children's story, 19 application
  • Children in Yongjangri(Han Jeonggi)
  • Awardee: A thief(Suh Jiseon)
  • Yoon Gihyeon(Children's story writer)
  • Park Hyegang(Novelist)
  • Kim Sanguk(Professor)
Children's story: 19 applications
2006
  • Poetry: A lizard that doesn't have a hibernation(Shim Eunseop)
  • Novel : Over the vague time(Shim Yeongeui)
  • Poetry: Goh Jaejong
  • Novel: Kim Hyungjoong
  • Children's story: Park Sangryul
Poetry: 305 applications
Novel: 15 applications
Children's story: 14 applications
2007
  • Poetry: A fool, Jeon Taeil(Song Taeyeong)
  • Novel: Let's play a show(Kim Gahyun)
  • Children's story: My recovered uncle(Lee Hyeyeong)
  • Play: The fived colored socks(Jeong Beomjong), An old meeting (Lee Minjae)
  • Poetry: Goh Jaejong
  • Novel: Kim Hyungjoong
  • Children's story: Park Sangryul
  • Play: Park Gangeui, Park Sangryul, Yang Soogeun
Poetry: 300 applications
Novel: 16 applications
Children's story : 16 applications
Play: 11 applications
2008
  • Poetry: Why the earth is round(Ha Gijeong)
  • Novel: Brutal, too brutal(Ahn Jaegeun)
  • Children's story: Father's present(Jang Jihye), Grandma's pink dress(Lim Yoonhee)
  • Poetry: Lim Donghwak
  • Novel: Kim Hyungsoo
  • Children's story: Yoon Gihyun
Poetry: 434 applications
Novel : 19applications
Children's story : 12 applications
2009
  • Poetry: A clock(Myung Seoyeong)
  • Novel: Moonlight(Shin Eunja)
  • Children's story: Rose of sharon is coming into flower(Moon Gwisook)
  • Poetry: Lim Donghwak
  • Novel: Kim Hyungsoo
  • Children's story: Yoon Gihyun
Poetry: 265 applications
Novel: 23 applications
Children's story: 16 applications
2010
  • Poetry: A cold eye of a plant in semi-basement(Choi Ilgeol)
  • Novel: Alter Ego(Seong Min)
  • Children's story: A man at a staionary store(Song Mari)
  • Poetry: Park Doogyu
  • Novel: Lee Hwagyung
  • Children's story: Kim Seongbeom
Poetry: 340 applications
Novel: 29 applications
Children's story: 12 applications
2011
  • Poetry: A beautiful terrorist(Kim Seongtae)
  • Novel: Unfinished, rusty(Lim Soorang)
  • Children's story: 12 years old uncle(Hwang Gyuseop)
  • Poetry: Kim Gyeongyoon, Park Doogyu
  • Novel: Lee Hwagyung, Chae Heeyoon
  • Children's story: Kim Seongbeom
Poetry: 521 applications
Novel: 55 applications
Children's story: 41 applications
2012
  • Poetry: May(Lee Byungil)
  • Novel: A clinical hypnotist(Park Sanghyuk)
  • Children's story: A black bean(Lee Min)
  • Poetry: (Preliminary) Lee Seungcheol (Main Round)Kim Yongrak, Jeong Heeseong
  • Novel: (Preliminary)Shim Yeongeui (Main Round)Lim Cheolwoo, Hyun Giyeong
  • Children's story: (Preliminary & Main Round) Park Sangryul
Poetry: 649 applications
Novel: 60 applications
Children's story: 34 applications
2013
  • Poetry: Outside of Seosomun (Kim Taein)
  • Novel: A swallow's nest(Park Tamyoo)
  • Children's story: Sanguk became shadow(Jang Gwanggyun)
  • Poetry: (Preliminary)Goh Jaejong, Lee Seungcheol (Main Round) Jeong Heeseong
  • Novel: (Preliminary)Kim Hyungjoong, Gong Seonok (Main Round)Hyun Giyeong
  • Children's story: (Preliminary & Main Round) Park Sangryul
Poetry: 845 applications
Novel: 102 applications
Children's story: 50 applications
2014
  • Poetry: A protest by a firefly(Kim Wansoo)
  • Novel: Your mirror(Lee Heeyeong)
  • Children's story: Name stealer(Moon Eunah)
  • Poetry: Hwang Jiwoo, Nah Heedeok, Shin Hyungcheol
  • Novel: Lim Cheolwoo, Eun Mihee, Kim Hyungjoong
  • Children's story: Kim Jinkyung, Han Jeonggi
Poetry: 1,464 applications
Novel: 104 applications
Children's story: 92 applications
2015
  • Poetry: Under black water(Kim Seongil)
  • Novel: A place with nobody(Kim Kyungsook)
  • Children's story: A special carpenter's house (Kim Ryung)
  • Poetry: Lee Siyeong, Nah Heedeok, Shin Hyungcheol
  • Novel: Lim Cheolwoo, Kim Hyungjoong, Han Kang
  • Children's story: Kim Jinkyung, Han Jeonggi
Poetry: 825 applications
Novel: 105 applications
Children's story: 59 applications
2016
  • Poetry: Opinions on a sprout of radish(Goh Eunhee)
  • Novel: Expiration date of memory(Shin Soodam)
  • Children's story: Kim Soonyeong flower(Park Hyomyung)
  • Main Prize : 416 Sewel Ferry Disaster Writers' Commission <Please come back on Friday>
  • Poetry: Kim Gyungjoo, Shin Hyungcheol
  • Novel: Jeong Jiah, Jeong Yongjoon
  • Children's story: Bae Bonggi, Yoo Eunshil
  • Main Prize : Hwang Hyunsan, Kim Jinkyung, Lim Cheolwoo, Nah Heedeok, Kim Hyungjoong
Poetry: 816 applications
Novel: 69 applications
Children's story: 51 applications
2017
  • Poetry: Black and white(Lee Onjeong)
  • Novel: Abd a refrigerator for shoes(Choi Jiyeong)
  • Children's story: Level Up(Jeong Miyeong), Expiration date friends(Park Soojin)
  • Poetry: Shin Hyungcheol, Suh Hyoin
  • Novel: Jeong Jiah, Jeong Yongjoon
  • Children's story: Lim Jeongja, Yoo Eunshil
Poetry: 1090 applications
Novel: 124 applications
Children's story: 61 applications
2018
  • Poetry: Dance(Cho seongguk)
  • Novel: A trap(Park Cheolsoo)
  • Children's story: A rumor(Han Wansik)
  • Poetry: Cho Seonggook, Suh Hyoin
  • Novel: Lee Jin, Jeong Yongjoon
  • Children's story: Lee Sangkwon, Lim Jihyung
Poetry: 1024 applications
Novel: 91 applications
Children's story: 46 applications

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Application records

2014 Poetry 845 applications
Novel 102 applications
Children's story 50 applications
2015 Poetry 825 applications
Novel 105 applications
Children's story 59 applications
2016 Poetry 816 applications
Novel 69 applications
Children's story 51 applications
2017 Poetry 1090 applications
Novel 124 applications
Children's story 62 applications
2018 Poetry 1024 applications
Novel 91 applications
Children's story 46 applications
2019 Poetry 1286 applications
Novel 125 applications
Children's story 86 applications
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