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165 novels in the running

165 novels in the running

© Monique Wüstenhagen

The reading list for the jury has been determined: More than 100 German-language publishers have submitted novels for the German Book Prize 2018. 105 publishers recommended a total of 165 titles to compete for the best German-language novel of the year. Of these publishers, 72 are based in Germany, 16 in Austria and 17 in Switzerland.

Of the titles submitted, 75 are from the publishers’ current spring catalogues, while 75 others will be available in the autumn. 15 of the titles were already published in autumn 2017. Each publisher may propose a maximum of two titles published (or to be published) between October 2017 and 11 September 2018, when the shortlist is announced. They may also each recommend up to five additional titles from their own catalogues. This year, the list of recommendations comprises 94 novels. Jurors may request additional titles from amongst these.

During their first joint meeting, the members of the jury appointed Christine Lötscher (independent critic) as their speaker. The jury also includes: Christoph Bartmann (Goethe-Institut Warsaw), Luzia Braun (ZDF), Tanja Graf (Literaturhaus Munich), Paul Jandl (independent critic), Uwe Kalkowski (literary blog “Kaffeehaussitzer”) and Marianne Sax (Bücherladen Marianne Sax bookstore, Frauenfeld).

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The hashtag for the German Book Prize 2018 is #dbp18

Press photo of the jury for download
Copyright: Monique Wüstenhagen
From left to right: Christine Lötscher, Paul Jandl, Marianne Sax, Christoph Bartmann, Tanja Graf, Uwe Kalkowski, Luzia Braun

165 novels in the running

© Monique Wüstenhagen



Publishers submit 173 titles


The jury has been selected


Publishers may submit their titles


Inger-Maria Mahlke receives the German Book Prize 2018 for her novel “Archipel” (“Archipelago”)


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