NIIED will hold an Essay Contest for Guest English Teachers in Korea. The purpose of the contest is to find a way to improve EPIK, encourage current GETs and the oficials in charge, and enhance the quality of English education. GETs with excellent works will be given awards and prize money.
You can download the application as a .hwp file from the SMOE or EPIK website (by clicking on "What's new") if you haven't been given one at school. You'll find more details in the middle of that application download. The top essays will receive cash prizes, with the winner getting 500,000 won. Submissions will be accepted from October 6th through the 15th, and you'll need to get a letter of recommendation from your co-teacher.
They had an essay contest last fall, too. You can view a list of winners on the EPIK message board, post number 76. I don't think they ever released the essays publically, though the Korea Times, as it is wont to do, had a bunch of articles last year about the EPIK experience. I'd be curious to read what teachers wrote about last year. One thing that stands out this year is this line in the application, regarding additional resources (such as lesson plans) you may want to submit:
Additional addenda must be your own materials and must not have any copyright issues.
It sounds like a smart idea---though I don't think it's necessarily the foreign English teachers who are prone to stealing others' lessons---but, really, how many people design lessons that are 100% original? More often than not they supplement the textbook, and are generic activities customized for that particular class. What worries me is that EPIK, in turn, might want to copyright these resources for their own use. A reader told me that somebody in the Jeollanam-do Office of Education said the district owned all the materials created for classroom use, and thus websites like waygook.org were sharing copyrighted information by hosting user-submitted lesson plans and ideas. I've read on Dave's about schools insisting native speaker English teachers' lessons belong to the school---and thus may be used by the Korean teachers for their own demonstration classes and handouts---though I don't recall seeing anything like that in any of my contracts.