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Essay Contests on Korean Literature for Overseas Readers

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The 2013 Essay Contests on Korean Literature for Overseas Readers were held in seventeen
regions from sixteen countries on various assigned works of Korean literature. The contests
started with three countries in 2005 and eventually expanded the spectrum of participants from
not just Korean Studies students but also anywhere from junior high school students to general
readers, and established itself as a major event leading and encouraging the overseas readers’
interest in Korean literature. This year, at the contests’ award ceremonies held in Germany, Italy,
Spain, and Mexico; the writers of the assigned works personally participated in the ceremony and
celebrated and encouraged the awardees. The participation of the readers from minor language
groups such as Arabic, Turkish, Polish, and Czech stood out this year.

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