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Ukrainian PEN is a cultural and human rights non-governmental organization uniting Ukrainian journalists, writers, scientists, publishers, translators, human rights activists.
It is one of the 146 national centers of the International PEN.

PEN activities in Ukraine are aimed at:

  • protection freedom of speech and copyright;
  • popularization of Ukrainian literature and culture;
  • upholding the values and standards of independent journalism and establishing international cultural cooperation.

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Panych Oleksiy Panych Oleksiy
Philosopher, translator and public figure

Why Ukraine is Europe?

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Statement on enforced disappearance of Iryna Danilovych in occupied Crimea

Statement on enforced disappearance of Iryna Danilovych in occupied Crimea

On April 29, 2022, activist and citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych went missing in the occupied Crimea while returning home from work. On the same day, ...

On Dialogue While Bombs Are Falling: PEN Ukraine Addresses the Global Intellectual Community 

On Dialogue While Bombs Are Falling: PEN Ukraine Addresses the Global Intellectual Community 

As members of PEN Ukraine, writers in a variety of languages and representing a number of nationalities, and recognizing that, in a time of war, all who ...

PEN Ukraine letter to the international PEN community

PEN Ukraine letter to the international PEN community

Dear Friends, In childhood we were told that it’s in times of trouble you discover who your true friends really are. The veracity of this principle ...

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Journalists at war — Monitoring Russian occupants’ crimes against independent media (updating)

Journalists at war — Monitoring Russian occupants’ crimes against independent media (updating)

As the Russian regime continues to persecute independent journalists throughout its country, writers, reporters and photographers have become a central ...

People of Culture Taken Away by the War (updating)

People of Culture Taken Away by the War (updating)

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, our heavenly defenders have been replenished with people of art: actors, artists, ...

Russian Crimes Against Media in Ukraine: an event in solidarity with journalists in the war took place in the center of Lviv

Russian Crimes Against Media in Ukraine: an event in solidarity with journalists in the war took place in the center of Lviv

On March 31, at 32 Rynok Square in Lviv, an exhibition opened titled, "Call the War a War: Russian Crimes against Media in Ukraine since February ...

Awards

Vasyl Stus Prize
Yuri Shevelov Prize
George Gongadze Prize
The European Union Prize for Literature
Drahomán Prize

Vasyl Stus Prize

The Ukrainian PEN has decided to take over the continuation of the Vasyl Stus Prize, founded in 1989 by the Ukrainian Association of Independent Creative Intelligentsia (UANTI) headed by Yevhen Sverstyuk (1928-2014), which was awarded annually on January 14 - St. Basil's Day.

Yuri Shevelov Prize

The award was founded in 2013.

It is awarded once a year to a Ukrainian author for artistic and scientific essays published during the last year.

George Gongadze Prize

The award was established by the Ukrainian PEN in partnership with the Alumni Association of the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School and the Ukrainian Pravda publication.

The European Union Prize for Literature

The European Union Literary Prize is an annual award designed to promote and internationally promote the work of not yet well-known but talented authors of fiction from various European countries.

Drahomán Prize

The prize is awarded once a year to a Ukrainian author for artistic and scientific essays published during the last year.

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Library of Ukrainian Pen

"Svitliy Shlyah": the history of one concentration camp
"Svitliy Shlyah": the history of one concentration camp
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