Ukrainian Literature: Rights On!

Ukrainian Literature: Rights On!

The Ukrainian Literature: Rights On! program, launched by the International Book Arsenal Festival in 2020, helps to establish effective connections between Ukrainian publishers and international business partners, as well as to integrate the Ukrainian literary process into the global one.

The mission of Ukrainian Literature: Rights On!

A program for publishers and literary agents designed to inspire foreigners’ interest in Ukrainian books, and to enable Ukrainian publishers to start or increase exporting Ukrainian works by establishing direct contacts with international partners.

The Ukrainian Literature: Rights On!  2022 is a professional educational and mentoring program by the Book Arsenal, focused on establishing new export potential of Ukrainian books in the context of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

The Ukrainian Literature: Rights On!  2022 program is supported by the European Union under the House of Europe programme. The information and analytical partner is the Chytomo media project.

  • The Ukrainian Literature: Rights On! 2022 program included 2 components:

  The educational component includes individual mentoring sessions from world and Ukrainian experts who have successful and effective experience working with cases of organising the export of Ukrainian books abroad during the full-scale Russian-Ukrainian war.
The educational component of the program took place online on July 19-26.
—  The information and analytical component includes a series of texts about the opportunities of Ukrainian book export in the full-scale war based on the solutions found in the course of the educational component.
The text materials will be published on the Chytomo, a leading Ukrainian media resource for the professional publishing community. The release is scheduled for August and September.

  • Tracks the participants of the Ukrainian Literature: Rights On! 2022 program were working in:
    — Direct sale of printed and electronic books abroad through the publisher’s website. Development of website logic, optimization for the international market, setting up search options, payment systems etc.
    — Selling rights abroad (focus on publishers with little or no experience in selling rights). Creating and enhancing catalogues, finding contractors, working with foreign literary agents and publishers.
    — Customs and legal procedures for selling books abroad.
    — Book distribution and cooperation with bookstores abroad.
    — Marketing of Ukrainian books abroad, business strategizing.
  • Priority program for the Book Arsenal for 2020-2022 years.
  • The Book Arsenal is presenting new rights catalogues of Ukrainian publishers (2022 edition).


    We kindly invite our international partners to review these catalogues, and to contact the publishers directly in order to establish cooperation.


    Your support and attention to Ukrainian books and authors is especially important for the Ukrainian creative sector in this difficult time of the Russian-Ukrainian war.


    According to the survey, 95% of publishers have reported a catastrophic drop in sales during one month, and only 30% have enough costs to pay the salaries to their employees. Buying rights will help Ukrainian publishers save the industry.