The Wisconsin Sijo (WiSiJo) Competition Gets Better with FREE Books

The first 200 entrants in the adult division of this year’s WiSiJo competition will receive a complimentary copy of Richard Rutt’s The Bamboo Grove: An Introduction to Sijo, thanks to a partnership with the University of Michigan Press and additional funding from the Hyuk Yu Fund for Korean Studies. 

Image of Cover of Richard Rutt's The Bamboo Grove

First published in the 1970s, and updated in the 1990s, The Bamboo Grove offers a masterly introduction to the history and structure of sijo, and also 264 translations of an astonishing variety of sijo poems, both historical and modern. The poems are arranged topically and helpfully annotated by Rutt for non-Korean audiences.

The 2nd Annual Wisconsin Sijo (WiSiJo 위시조) Competition opened in October and will be accepting submissions through 17 January 2022. The competition is open to Wisconsinites of all ages, offers monetary prizes of up to $400 to winning entries, and includes inducements for schools and libraries to promote participation in the competition. For details on how to enter as well as on how to write sijo, please visit the Wisconsin Sijo Competition page.

The Wisconsin Sijo Competition is funded in part by a Title VI grant from the US Department of Education.