OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASED (19 May 2022)
“Stories on the Journey from Cast Out to Roaming Free –
Nominations Now Open for 2023 Bucheon Diaspora Literary Award”
- Nominations open until July 8, 2022... Winner to be announced in October 2023
- Any full-length novel about diaspora by a living author is eligible to win
- One winner to be selected, with total prize money of 60 million KRW
Bucheon City, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, is now accepting nominations for the awarding of the 2023 Bucheon Diaspora Literary Award (BUDILIA).
The central theme of the award is diaspora, a broad term that encompasses all human activities in which people transcend ethnic and regional identity by leaving their former home to expand their sphere of living. The BUDILIA is an international literature award for novels that capture such stories.
With the exception of self-nominations and books that are out of print, anyone can submit a nomination for their favorite book as long it is a full-length novel on the theme of diaspora written in Korean or English by a living author.
To submit a nomination, applicants need to fill out the application form available on the official BUDILIA website (https://www.budilia.or.kr → Nomination) between May 23 and July 8.
Nominated works will be evaluated by a Nominations Committee and Judging Committee comprised of experts from academia and the literary world, with one novel selected as the final winner. The author of the novel and the translator (if applicable) will both receive a plaque and prize money (50 million KRW for the author, 10 million KRW for the translator). The awards ceremony is scheduled to be held in October 2023. More details can be found on the official BUDILIA website.
Bucheon also uploads a variety of easily accessible short-form content, the ‘Snack Culture’ series and more through the BUDILIA’s official website and YouTube in order to help raise awareness about the concept of diaspora.
• Website: https://www.budilia.or.kr
• YouTube: Bucheon Diaspora Literary Award_Bucheon Creative City of Literature https://youtube.com/channel/UCH0o8G-fvI_uFVL_xZ3jpkQ
“This award carries symbolic meaning because in essence, we are all diaspora,” said Ha Jin, the inaugural winner of the BUDILIA for his novel . “We need to travel to other places in order to build our own homes and discover the meaning of our lives. I am truly grateful to have received this award.” This award is highly unique and symbolic.”
The Judging Committee is currently hard at work reviewing the nominations for the 2022 BUDILIA, with the shortlist to be released in July and the announcement of the winner to come alongside the awards ceremony in October.