Hyundae Munhak (“Contemporary Literature” in English) Publishing, founded in 1954,
is one of the leading publishers in the literary field in Korea and has been publishing the nation’s
most prestigious monthly literary magazine Hyundae Munhak since 1955 and a wide range of books dealing
with various subjects including humanities and arts.
The magazine Hyundae Munhak, turning out its 800th issue in 2021, is the longest-lived monthly literary magazine in Korea and has been representing Korean literature world-wide. Hundreds of poets, novelists, and literary critics have made their literary debut through the magazine, including such world-famed figures as Park Kyung-ri, Ko Eun, Hwang Dong-kyu and Cho Jeong-rae.
Hyundae Munhak Publishing annually honors the year’s most outstanding works in fiction, poetry and criticism through its annual Contemporary Literature Prize, one of the most coveted literary awards in Korea.
Since 1983, we have been diversifying our publications and publishing highly originative literary works by both Korean writers and foreign writers so that Korean readers can always stay in the forefront of contemporary literature, meeting with the freshest literary challenges of the times. We have published Korean translations of foreign literary masterpieces written in English and other languages by writers including Daphne du Maurier, Margaret Atwood, Philp K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Paolo Cognetti, Jostein Gaarder, and Amos Oz. In addition, we have focused on introducing short stories of world literature since 2013 by publishing World Literature: Short Stories Series which includes collections of short stories by Earnest Hamingway, Frantz Kafka, James Graham Ballard, Graham Greene, Oe Kenzaburo, Theodore Sturgeon, Stanislaw Lem and many of the world’s greatest novelists.
|Oct 1954||Company incorporated.|
|Jan 1961||Receives Cultural Merits Award from Seoul City Government for having published. the monthly ‘Contemporary Literature’ for 10 years.|
|May 1967||Receives a plaque of appreciation for outstanding contributions from Minister of Culture and Public Information of the Korean government.|
|Nov 1967||Receives the 1st Korea Magazines Association Award in Management category.|
|May 1983||Starts publishing separate books in addition to the monthly magazine.|
|Nov 1994||Selected as one of the Excellent Magazines by Office of Public Information of the Korean government.|
|Jan 1996||Celebrates the 500th issue of the monthly ‘Contemporary Literature’|
|Nov 2000||Hosts a Contemporary Literature Symposium under the theme ‘Artists in the Age of Popular Culture.’|
|Mar 2005||Celebrates the Company’s 50th anniversary, holding a commemorative symposium and publishing ‘50 years Hyundae Munhak’, a monumental book designed by the world-renowned graphic artist Robert Massin showing the whole history of the magazine by reprinting the front covers and the contents of all issues of the magazine in one thick and colorful volume.|
|Mar 2010||Hosting of Hyundae Munhak’s 55th Anniversary Ceremony and Hyundae Munhak’s 55th Awards Ceremony Publication of a commemorative literary anthology, sponsored by Arts Council Korea|