Selection process

Publishing companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can nominate up to two German-language novels from their current or planned list to be considered for the award. The books must be published between October 2011 and September 2012 and be on sale in shops at the latest when the shortlist is announced on September 12th.

The jury looks through all nominations and if necessary, requests additional titles that it considers to be suitable. It compiles a longlist of 20 titles that will be announced on August 15th, 2012. It is from this narrower selection that the jurors then choose six titles for the shortlist which will be published on September 12th, 2012.