Ukrainian PEN Centre is a part of the network of PEN International whose activity is based on the 1921 PEN Charter and aims at protection of freedom of speech and expression, support for imperiled and persecuted authors, defense of language and cultural rights, and promotion of humanistic values through culture and literature.

Besides the watchdog activity, the Ukrainian PEN Centre organizes literary readings and topical panel discussions, including the annual meetings of the representatives of the Central East European PEN Centres; supports Ukrainian authors’ participation in literary festivals, book fairs, and other cultural events; administers national part of the international “New Voices” literary competition, and bestows annually the Yuriy Shevelyov National Award for the best essays and the Vasyl Stus Award for the intellectual courage. In 2017, the Ukrainian PEN Centre hosted the 83rd PEN International Congress in Lviv.