Panel Literature Association (Panel Irodalmi Egyesület) was founded in January 2019 in order to build a community of creative-minded people of Eastern and Central Europe, to represent and promote contemporary literature and arts, to provide support for initiatives in Hungary and beyond, and to promote Budapest as a cultural center of the region.

Panel Literature Magazine is published by Panel Literature Association.


The key activities of Panel Literature Association include:

  • representing and promoting contemporary Hungarian literature and arts
  • hosting events of cultural matter, such as literary readings, panel discussions, exhibitions and meetings
  • maintaining traditions of quality literary magazines and hosting these magazines
  • demonstrating the power of the arts to enrich the lives of individuals and make positive changes in communities.
  • promoting international and intercultural exchange and cooperation in the cultural sphere.

Public benefit activity and public functions defined in the following statutory provisions:

  • research and development and innovation activities [2014. LXXVI. Act on Scientific Research, Development and Innovation Section 2 c) and g)
  • supporting the activities of community cultural traditions and values, the activities of communities organized in culture and social life, and the realization of the cultural goals of improving the lifestyle of the population [1991. XX. Act on the Functions and Competencies of Local Authorities and their Bodies, Representatives of the Republic and Certain Central Subordinate Bodies Article 121 (a)]
  • cultural service, local protection of the cultural heritage, support to local public cultural activities [2011. year CLXXXIX. Act on Local Self-Government of Hungary Section 13 (1) (7)
  • protection of the key cultural heritage [2011. year CLXXXIX. TV. On local government in Hungary Section 23 (4) 17.]
  • promotion of local public cultural activities, local protection of the cultural heritage [2011. year CLXXXIX. TV. On Local Self-Government in Hungary Section 23 (5) (13)
  • protection of the cultural heritage [2001. LXIV. TV. protection of the cultural heritage Article 5 (1)]

In 2020:

  • two issues of Panel magazine have been released (April 2020, December 2020);
  • we received financial support from Fondation Jan Michalski that helped us not only survive, but grow and develop. We're enormously grateful for that;
  • Panel hosted the first Ruritania Prize contest for original short fiction from Central and Eastern Europe. The competition was open to short pieces of English-language fiction, translated or otherwise, so long as the pieces are previously unpublished;
  • the transparent collage art workshop (September 2020) was held. The best works featured in the Fall\Winter issue of Panel.
  • 11 episodes of the podcast "Writers and Their Stories" have been released, where contributors of Panel read their pieces;
  • Panel's blog has introduced some unique content and gained quite a readership;

Plans for the next year include:

  • the multimedia project "If We're Talking Budapest" that includes: the anthology of the contemporary Budapest prose (written both by Hungarian and international authors), interactive map, short films. The short films will be released continuously, starting from January, the estimated release date for the book -- Spring 2021;
  • releasing two new issues of Panel magazine (Spring and Fall 2021);
  • the 2021 Ruritania prize for short fiction;
  • OFFLINE launch party as soon as it's possible.

Panel Literature Association was registered in Hungary as a non-profit organization on January 31, 2019

with a registration number 01-02-0017085.

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