Yuri Shevelov Prize

The Yuri Shevelov Prize was founded in 2013. It is annually granted to Ukrainian writers for fictional and scientific essays published during the previous year. The Prize is named after Yuri Shevelov, who established modern Ukrainian essayism, and praises contribution into the genre’s inherent values: freedom of thought and exquisite style.

Founders of the Prize:

– PEN Ukraine
– Kyiv Mohyla Business School
– Dukh i Litera Publishing House
– Judaica Center
– Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute


Candidates for the Prize can be nominated by Ukrainian and foreign cultural institutions, as well as research centers, creative associations and individuals.
Eligible works include fiction or academic essays from Ukrainian authors (non-fiction) – a book or a collection – printed within the calendar year. Essay is a genre of syncretic literary or literary-scientific form representing views of an author.
Entries for submission are accepted from August 15 to October 15.
Each work may enter the competition for the Prize only one time.


The Prize Capitulum consists – apart from representatives of the founding organizers – of writers, critics, academics, and three preceding laureates of the Yuri Shevelov Prize.

Selection procedure

The winner of the Prize is selected in three stages:

1. The first stage results in formation of the long list out of editions received by the Capitulum, provided they corr spond with the Prize’s technical requirements. The long list is announced no later than November 1.
2. Within the second stage, the Capitulum votes for the short list which is further announced a week prior to the awarding ceremony, on December 10.
3. At the third stage, members of the Capitulum by anonymous voting select the Prize Laureate whose name is announced at the awarding ceremony on December 17, on Yuri Shevelov’s birthday.
Prize Laureate is awarded with the Bronze Angel statuette, as well as financial reward and Laureate’s diploma. The nominees receive the nominees’ diplomas and the collection of ten volumes from the Dukh i Litera Publishing House.

Prize Laureates:

2013 – Taras Prokhasko (“One and the Same”) та Andriіy Portnov (“Stories for Domestic Use”)
2014 – Kostiantyn Moskalets (“Flashes”)
2015 – Oleksandr Boichenko (“More or Less”)
2016 – Vakhtang Kebuladze (“Tangles of the Fate”)
2017 – Andriy Lyubka (“Saudade”)
2018 – Volodymyr Yemolenko (“Volatile Ideologies”)

2019 Prize Capitulum:

  • Ola Hnatiuk, Capitulum Secretary, Vice President of PEN Ukraine
  • Mykola Riabchuk, PEN Ukraine Honorary President
  • Andriy Kurkov, President of PEN Ukraine
  • Oleksandr Savruk, Director of the Kyiv Mohyla Business School
  • Leonid Finberg, Chief Editor of the Dukh i Litera Publishing House
  • Serhii Plokhii, Director of the Ukrainian Harvard Research Institute
  • Tamara Hundorova, literary critic, corresponding member of NASU (Institute of Literature)
  • Volodymyr Panchenko, literary critic, PhD
  • Eleonora Solovei, literary critic
  • Vakhtang Kebuladze, PhD, writer, the 2016 Yuri Yuri Shevelov Prize Laureate
  • Andriy Lyubka, writer, the 2017 Yuri Shevelov Prize Laureate
  • Volodymyr Yermolenko, writer, philosopher, journalist, the 2018 Yuri Shevelov Prize Laureate.