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Submissions at an all-time high

Submissions at an all-time high

For the second year in a row, the number of submissions for the German Book Prize has reached an all-time high: 125 German-language publishers entered a total of 197 titles into the running for the best novel of the year. That’s 10 titles and 5 publishers more than in the record-breaking year 2020. Of the publishers, 83 are based in Germany, 22 in Switzerland, 19 in Austria and one in Luxemburg.

Of the proposed titles, 110 are from the current spring programme and 67 others will be released in the autumn. Twenty titles were already published last autumn. Each publisher could submit a maximum of two titles that have been or will be published between October 2020 and 21 September 2021, when the shortlist will be announced. In addition, they could each recommend up to five further titles. This year, 112 novels were added to the list of recommendations – 16 more than last year. The jurors may request titles from this list to compete in the selection process.

The first joint meeting of the jury was held via videoconference. The members of the jury appointed Knut Cordsen (culture editor, Bayerischer Rundfunk) as their speaker. The other members of the jury are: Bettina Fischer (director Literaturhaus Cologne), Anja Johannsen (director Literarisches Zentrum Göttingen), Richard Kämmerlings (literary correspondent, Die Welt), Sandra Kegel (head of literature and arts section, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Beate Scherzer (bookseller, Proust Wörter + Töne) and Anne-Catherine Simon (editor of literature and arts section, Die Presse).

Find more information on the German Book Prize here.

The hashtag for the German Book Prize 2021 is #dbp21

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From the top left to the bottom right: Knut Cordsen, Bettina Fischer, Anja Johannsen, Richard Kämmerlings, Sandra Kegel, Beate Scherzer, Anne-Catherine Simon
Copyright: BR/Julia Müller, Claus Daniel Herrmann, Andreas Greiner-Napp, privat, FAZ/Helmut Fricke, Peter Knolling, Clemes Fabry

Submissions at an all-time high



Antje Rávik Strubel receives the German Book Prize 2021


Experience the award ceremony live


Six books selected as finalists


20 titles nominated


Submissions at an all-time high