Hungarian PEN Club

Hungarian PEN Club is an affiliate of International PEN.[1] The Hungarian Club was established in 1926 by Antal Radó. Early writers associated with the club included Albert Berzeviczy and Jenő Rákosi. Prominent members include Zsolt Harsányi, Miklós Hubay, Dezső Kosztolányi, Sándor Márai, Árpád Göncz, Gábor Görgey, and Zoltán Sumonyi.

Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry

In 2012, the club established a new literary award for International poetry called the Janus Pannonius International Poetry Prize, later renamed the Grand Prize for Poetry. It includes a prize of 50,000 funded by the Hungarian government.[1] The award is named in honor of Hungarian poet Janus Pannonius (1434-1472) and is presented yearly on his birthday, August 29. There are also two translation prizes, each with the award of 3,000.

In 2012, the inaugural award was rejected by American recipient Lawrence Ferlinghetti due to concerns over human rights issues in Hungary under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, since the award is sponsored by the Hungarian government.[1] Ferlinghetti wrote that "Since the policies of this right-wing regime tend toward authoritarian rule and the consequent curtailing of freedom of expression and civil liberties, I find it impossible for me to accept the Prize in the United States. Thus, I must refuse the prize in its presents terms."[1][2][3][4] In 2013, the club announced that "To avoid similar concerns in the future, the financial part of the prize has been sourced from private donations alone." [5]


  • Grand Prize: Lawrence Ferlinghetti (United States)
  • Translation prize: Ithamar Jáoz-ready (Israel) and Javorsky Bela (Hungary)
  • Grand Prize: Simin Behbahani (Iran)
  • Translation Prize: László Márton
  • Translation Prize: Péter Rácz
  • Grand Prize: Charles Bernstein (United States)
  • Grand Prize: Giuseppe Conte (Italy)
  • Translation Prize: Wilhelm Droste
  • Lifetime Award for Translation: Ádám Makkai
  • Grand Prize: Adam Zagajewski
  • Translation Prize: Gyula Kodolányi
  • Lifetime Award for Translation: Pál Sohár
  • Filius Ursae Award: János Dénes Orbán
  • Grand Prize: Yang Lian
  • Translation Prize: Clive Wilmer
  • Translation Prize: Pál Ferenc
  • Filius Ursae Award: Sántha Attila


  1. Christopher Young (October 12, 2012). "Beat this: Lawrence Ferlinghetti refuses Hungarian cash award". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  2. Carolyn Kellogg (October 11, 2012). "Lawrence Ferlinghetti declines Hungarian award over human rights". LA Times. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  3. Ron Friedman and AP (October 13, 2012). "Following Elie Wiesel's Lead, US Poet Rejects Hungarian Award". The Times of Israel. Archived from the original on July 5, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  4. Harriet Staff (October 11, 2012). "Lawrence Ferlinghetti Declines 50,000 Euro Prize from Hungarian PEN Club". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  5. "2013 Janus Pannonius Poetry Foundation Prize booklet, p. 11". Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  6. Annamária Apró (September 26, 2013). "Janus Pannonius Prize goes to Simin Behbahani". Hungarian Literature Online. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  7. "Janus Pannonius Prize goes to Adonis and Yves Bonnefoy". Hungarian Literature Online. September 4, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  8. "Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry to Charles Bernstein and Giuseppe Conte". Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  9. "Laureates". Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
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