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This annual literary award is given for the best debut books published in the previous year

What is PEN

Belarusian PEN Centre is a representative of PEN International. It is an association of writers
which speaks in support of writers’ rights, takes part in the world literary process and promotes
Belarussian culture.

PEN’s names

Past presidents of Belarusian PEN Centre were Ryhor Baradulin, Vasil Bykau, Lyavon Barshcheuski, Uladzimir Nyaklyayeu. The current president is Andrej Khadanovich. Uladzimir Arlou, Ales Razanau, Ales Bialiatski are among the members of Belarusian PEN Centre.

PEN’s activities

Belarusian PEN Centre is one of the founders of the Jerzy Giedroyc Literary Award, the Maksim Bahdanovich Debut Award, Ales Adamovich Award and Frantsishak Bahushevich Award. It organizes annual contests of young writers and supports Belarusian book publishing.

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