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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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Mykhed Oleksandr Mykhed Oleksandr
Writer, curator of art projects, literary critic

The Language of War

Kutsenko (Rozumna) Oksana Kutsenko (Rozumna) Oksana
Poet, author of children's books, philosopher

The Language of Poetry and Losses

Portnikov Vitaly Portnikov Vitaly
Publicist, writer, journalist

The Unknown Country

Lyuty Taras Lyuty Taras
Philosopher, writer, columnist, musician

Winning the War

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Statement of Human Rights Organizations Regarding Conviction of Nariman Dzelial and the Akhtemov Brothers in Occupied Crimea

Statement of Human Rights Organizations Regarding Conviction of Nariman Dzelial and the Akhtemov Brothers in Occupied Crimea

On September 21, 2022, the so-called "Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea" announced the conviction of three Crimean political prisoners: ...

Stand up for truth and justice: Resolution of the VI Regional meeting of PEN centres

Stand up for truth and justice: Resolution of the VI Regional meeting of PEN centres

In 2014 the Russian Federation violated international regulations, starting a war in Ukraine. In 2022 Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine. ...

PEN Ukraine Executive Council statement on attempt on the life of the writer Salman Rushdie

PEN Ukraine Executive Council statement on attempt on the life of the writer Salman Rushdie

PEN Ukraine strongly condemns the violent public assault on the literary writer Salman Rushdie, made on August 12, at an event at the Chautauqua Institution, ...

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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, ...

Crimean Tatar civic journalists and activists sentenced to 14 and 13 years in a penal colony

Crimean Tatar civic journalists and activists sentenced to 14 and 13 years in a penal colony

According to a report by the Crimean Solidarity civic movement, the Southern District Military "Court" in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don ...

'United, we are invincible': Anne Applebaum, Margaret MacMillan, and Peter Pomerantsev wrote letters of solidarity to Server Mustafayev

'United, we are invincible': Anne Applebaum, Margaret MacMillan, and Peter Pomerantsev wrote letters of solidarity to Server Mustafayev

To honour the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, Anne Applebaum, Margaret MacMillan and Peter Pomerantsev wrote letters of solidaity to Server Mustafayev. ...

Awards

Vasyl Stus Prize
Yuri Shevelyov 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 Shevelyov 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 PEN Ukraine in partnership with the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, 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
Treasures of Ukraine
Treasures of Ukraine
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