In commemoration of the 567th anniversary of King Sejong's creation of the Korean language and Korean National Hangul Day (October 9th), we are hosting a Korean Language Writing and Speaking Contest on Friday, October 11, 2013 to widely spread the excellence and pride of Korean language and culture to non-Koreans who are studying Hangul. The 3rd Annual Korean Language Writing and Speaking Contest will be open for participation for adults and high school students residing in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. This edition of the competition will be divided into adult writing and high school writing, as well as a new speaking competition section with one grand prize winner, one gold medalist, one silver medalist, and one bronze medalist in each of the sections. They will be awarded a certificate and either prize money or a scholarship. Dinner will be provided on the competition day for all contestants.

Application forms must be submitted via email to or via fax to 212-563-6707, and YouTube links for the Speaking Contest participants must be emailed to

Time and Date of the Main Contest: 5:00 PM on Friday, October 11, 2013

Location: Korean Cultural Service New York
460 Park Ave., 6th Fl.
New York, NY 10022

Participant Requirements: Non-Korean with US citizenship or permanent residency: adults, graduate school students, undergraduates, and high school students may all participate.

Prompts: Prompts for the essay will be announced at the competition on October 11th and the prompts for the speaking portion are 1) My Korean Friend or 2) My Favorite K-pop Song/Artist 3) Why I Love Korea and they will also be available on the Korean Cultural Service website and Facebook page. Those participating in the speaking portion will then upload a video of their speech on Youtube.

Deadline for Applications: September 27th, 2013. Writing Contest participants must submit their Application forms by this date; Speaking Contest participants must submit the Youtube link to their speeches to by this date.