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

Terms and conditions:

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 (nonfiction) – 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 jury 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 longlist out of editions the jury received, provided these works correspond with the Prize’s technical requirements. The longlist is announced no later than November 1.
2. Within the second stage, judges vote for the shortlist, which is further announced a week prior to the awarding ceremony, on December 10.
3. At the third stage, members of the jury 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.

Special honors

In 2020 within the frameworks of the Yuri Shevelov Prize we introduce two special honors.

The Jury’s Special Honor – for contribution to development and promotion of Ukrainian essayism. It will be awarded to:

– Ukrainian authors for their essayistic works in general;
– foreign authors the works of which are translated into Ukrainian;
– Ukrainian authors writing in other languages;
– literary critics analyzing and promoting essayism;
– publishers and editors of periodicals actively publishing essayistic works.

UA: Radio Kultura Special Honor – for excellency and innovation in the genre of essay, as well as sounding of the text in the radio format. The winning essayist author in this nomination will be granted a radio version of the text which will be broadcasted live on UA: Radio Kultura. The winner will be selected by the group of experts consisting of Radio’s editors, producers and journalists.

Yuri Shevelov Prize Laureates:

2013 – Taras Prokhasko (One and the Same) та Andriy 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 – Diana Klochko (65 Ukrainian Masterpieces: Recognized and Unheard)

The 2020 Prize jury:

Оla Hnatiuk, Secretary of the jury, Vice President of PEN Ukraine
Andriy Kurkov, President of PEN Ukraine
Oleksandr Savruk, Director of the Kyiv Mohyla Business School
Oleh Kotsyuba, literary scholar, Manager of Publications at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
Leonid Finberg, Editor-in-Chief of the Dukh i Litera Publishing House
Tamara Hundorova, literary critic, corresponding member of NASU (Institute of Literature)
Eleonora Solovei, literary scholar
Andriy Lyubka, writer, the 2017 Yuri Shevelov Prize Laureate
Volodymyr Yermolenko, writer, philosopher, journalist, the 2018 Yuri Shevelov Prize Laureate
Diana Klochko, art scholar, the 2019 Yuri Shevelov Prize Laureate
Tetyana Teren, journalist, Vice President of PEN Ukraine