Our projects

Jerzy Giedroyc Literary Award



This main independent literary award in Belarus was found in 2012. It’s given annually for the best prose book published in the previous year written in Belarusian. Embassy of Poland in Belarus, Polish Institute in Minsk, Belarusian PEN Centre and the Union of Belarusian Writers are its founders. The main goals of the award are the following: to honour the memory of Jerzy Giedroyc, essayist, politician, consistant advocate of good neighbourly relations between Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine; to further the development of cultural cooperation between Poland and Belarus; to promote modern Belarusian literature in Belarus and Poland, to support modern Belarusian writers and to contribute to their international recognition.
Partners: Embassy of Poland in Belarus, Polish Institute in Minsk, the Union of Belarusian Writers.
Official website: gedroyc.by


Book of the Year Award



Book of the Year is an Award where writers themselves choose the best Belarusian book. Nominated books must be written by a Belarusian or in Belarus in any of the languages spoken by Belarusians. In 2015 the award was given in three nominations: “Prose”, “Poetry” and “Children’s books”. Any writer who published a book in the last 7 years can become a part of the jury committee.
You can find all information about the award and last year’s winners at its official website.: kniha.by


Residence for young writers



Residence for young writers gives an opportunity for creators under 35 years old to live for two weeks in Human Rights House in Vilnius and work on their literary projects (poetry, prose, translations, critique, etc.). To become a part of the program, one must complete the application on Belarusian PEN-centre website.
More information and feedback from previous members of the program at the Residence for young writers page.

Partners: the Union of Belarusian Writers, Human Rights House in Vilnius.


Maksim Bahdanovich Début Award



This annual literary award is given for the best début books published in the previous year in three nominations: prose book, poetical book and literary translation. The authors of the nominated books must be under 35. The nominations of the award correspond with the genres in which Maksim Bahdanovich worked. The award was found in 2010 by Belarusian PEN Centre and the Union of Belarusian Writers with the participation of Russian businessman of Belarusian origin Pavel Berahovich.
Partner: the Union of Belarusian Writers.


Ales Adamovich Award



This annual literary award was found in 1995 and is given for the best journalistic book published in the previous year. It was awarded firstly in September 3rd in Ales Adamovich’s birthday, but later the date was changed. Now it’s awarded in January 26th — the day of his death.


Frantsishak Bahushevich Award



This annual literary award was found in 1994. It’s traditionally rewarded in March 22nd which is Belarusian Freedom Day for the best historical book published in the previous year. The laureats of Frantsishak Bahushevich Award are writers who awaken historical memory and strengthen national identity of readers.


Frantsishak Alyakhnovich Award



This award was founded in 2013 by Belarusian PEN Centre in cooperation with Radio Freedom. It’s given for the best book written in prison. The founders of the award plan to reward it annually until the time it will be topical but they hope it will lose urgency as soon as possible.


Contest of young writers



All Belarusian young writers under 30 can participate in this annual literary contest. The winners are invited to take part in literary workshops, their writings are published in a contest’s collected works. The goals of the contest are the following: to support young writers, to find new talents, to help them in developing literary skills, to organize workshops with masters for them.


Michas Stralcou International Poetry Festival “Poems on the Pavement”



This annual poetry festival gathers writers from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Sweden, Estonia etc. Festival program traditionally includes poetical readings, poetry slams, presentations of new books and rewarding the winners of literary contests.
Partners: the Union of Belarusian Writers, Goethe-Institut in Belarus, Swedish PEN Club.
Official website: stralcou-fest.by


Book publishing



Every year Belarusian PEN Centre supports the publication of several books. There are short-listers of Jerzy Giedroyc Literary Award and winners of Maksim Bahdanovich Début Award among the books published with the support of Belarusian PEN Centre in recent years. You can see all the books on our website here.