German Book Prize 2009: publishers submit 132 novels

79 German, Austrian and Swiss publishing companies with submissions / Hubert Winkels is spokesman for the judges / Presentation ceremony on 12 October in the Kaisersaal at Frankfurt's Römer

Hubert Winkels, literary editor with broadcasters Deutschlandfunk, will act as the judges' spokesman for the German Book Prize 2009. He has been chosen by the panel of seven judges who now begin the selection process for the German Book Prize 2009. By the closing date at the end of March, 132 German-language novels had been submitted by 61 publishing companies based in Germany, 11 in Austria and seven in Switzerland.

About half of the submitted novels are spring releases (64), 61 titles are due for publication in the summer and autumn and 6 novels are from the 2008 autumn lists. Publishing companies were free to submit a maximum of two novels direct and in addition, are entitled to recommend five more titles which meet the submission criteria. From the latter list of 75 novels, the judges can ask to see additional titles. This year for the first time, the extensive reading workload is made available to the judges on an e-book, the Sony Reader.

Alongside Hubert Winkels, the other judges on the panel for the German Book Prize 2009 are: Richard Kämmerlings (literary editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung), Michael Lemling (managing director of Buchhandlung Lehmkuhl, Munich), Martin Lüdke (freelance literary critic), Lothar Müller (editor for the feature section of the Süddeutsche Zeitung), Iris Radisch (literary editor at DIE ZEIT) and Daniela Strigl (literary critic and literary researcher at Vienna University).

The longlist of around 20 titles will be announced on 19 August 2009. From these, the judges then choose six titles from the shortlist which will be published on 16 September 2009. On 12 October, the evening of the award ceremony, the six authors then find out which of them has won the German Book Prize.

Information on the German Book Prize can be accessed at

Frankfurt am Main, 16 April 2009


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