Vasyl Stus Prize

Ukrainian Centre of PEN International decided to take on the responsibility of continuing the legacy of the Vasyl Stus Prize founded in 1989 by Ukrainian Association of Independent Creative Intelligentsia chaired by Yevhen Sverstiuk (1928-2014), the award which was annually bestowed on the 14th of January, on St. Basil’s Day.

Since 2016 patrons of the Vasyl Stus Prize are PEN Ukraine, Kyiv-Mohyla Business School and Dukh i Litera Publishing House. They agreed to incorporate a few changes to the previous tradition of the award; i.e., introducing judges, terms of the Prize and the reward.

Vasyl Stus Prize is annually awarded by Ukrainian Centre of PEN International to authors (litterateurs, artists, film directors) within the lifetime, regardless of the place of residence, for a notable contribution to Ukrainian culture and the fortitude of public stance.

Three months prior to the awards ceremony every judge announces one candidate with a short (up to 100 words) written explanation. Judges who do not have an opportunity to be present at the session vote remotely. Annually among the judges are president of PEN Ukraine and last year’s winner of the Vasyl Stus Prize.

All announced contenders are considered by the judges in two stages. At the first stage, the candidates are shortlisted by ranking. This list is then published on the website of PEN. At the second stage, the winner is selected by anonymous voting on the basis of simple majority.

The awards ceremony is held annually in early September.

The winner of the Vasyl Stus Prize receives the diploma of the winner and the reward from the Ukrainian Centre of PEN International.

Winners of the Prize:

1989 – Ivan Svitlychnyi, Opanas Zalyvakha, Volodymyr Kuchynskyi
1990 – Borys Dovhan, Raisa Lysha
1991 – Halyna Sevruk, Maria Burmaka
1992 – Nadia Svitlychna, Olha Bohomolets, Mykola Horbal, Ihor Kalynets
1993 – Anna-Halia Horbach, Andriy Mentukh, Antonina Lystopad, Andriy Antoniuk
1994 – Mykhailyna Kotsiubynska
1996 – Serhiy Moroz
1997 – Ihor Zhuk
1998 – Mykola Malyshko, Halia and Lesia Telnyuk, Lana Perlulainen
1999 – Vasyl Slapchuk, Olha Kravchuk,
2000 – Vasyl Ovsienko, Liudmyla Semykina, Moisey Fishbein, Volodymyr Huba
2001 – Halyna Stefanova, Liubov Panchenko
2002 – Valentyna Masterova, Anatol Perepadia
2003 – Anatoliy Rusnachenko, Mykhailo Moskalenko, Valeriy Franchuk
2004 – Kost Moskalets, Taras Kompanichenko, Ivanna Krypiakevych-Dymyd
2005 – Hryhoriy Huseinov, Andriy Kryshtalskyi
2006 – Olena Holub, Yevhenia Leshchuk, Stanislav Chernilevskyi
2007 – Oleksandra Matviychuk, Eleonora Solovey, Mykhailo Tkachhuk
2008 – Halyna Mohylnytska, Oleksandr Smyk, Olha Melnyk
2009 – Myroslav Marynovych, Osyp Zinkevych
2010 – Kyrylo Bulkin, Andriy Danylchenko, Larysa Masenko, Oleksandr Riabokrys, Stepan Semeniuk
2011 – Maria Ovdienko, Yaroslava Muzychenko, Sad rock band
2012 – Volodymyr Viatrovych, Iryna Zhylenko, Yevhen Zakharov
2013 – Mykola Plakhotniuk, Liubov Minenko, Borys Tkachenko, Sofia Fedyna
2014 – Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, Ruslana Lyzhychko, Oleksandr Polozhynskyi
2016 – Oleksandra Koval
2017 – Serhiy Zhadan
2018 – Archbishop Borys Gudziak
2019 – Vlad Troitsky
2020 – Akhtem Seitablaiev

Judges for the 2020:

Myroslav Marynovych – chairman of the jury, publicist, founding member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group;
Vlad Troitsky – theater director, founder of the Center of Contemporary Art DAKH, winner of the 2019 Vasyl Stus Prize;
Bogumila Berdykhovska – publicist, director of Department for scholarships at the National Centre of Culture in Warsaw;
Ola Hnatiuk – scholar, professor at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and the University of Warsaw;
Andrii Kurkov – president of PEN Ukraine, Ukrainian author;
Yurii Prokhasko – essayist, translator;
Oleksandr Savruk – dean of Kyiv-Mohyla Business School;
Eleonora Solovei – literary critic;
Dmytro Stus – director of Taras Shevchenko National Museum;
Leonid Finberg – editor-in-chief of Dukh i Litera Publishing House, public activist.