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Publishers may submit their titles

Publishers may submit their titles

A new jury of seven will choose the Germanlanguage Novel of the Year 2017.

Starting now, publishers may nominate their candidates at

Between now and 29 March 2017, they may submit two German-language novels each – and recommend up to five additional titles – from their current or forthcoming lists.

Applicants must be members of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – the German Publishers and Booksellers Association – or of the Swiss or Austrian equivalents, the Schweizer Buchhändler- und Verleger-Verband and the Hauptverband des Österreichischen Buchhandels.

The books must be published between October 2016 and 12 September 2017 (when the shortlist will be announced). The books themselves, reading copies, e-books or galley proofs may be submitted up until 16 June 2017.

The novel of the year will be selected through a multiple-stage process. First, the jury will review all of the novels submitted by the publishers and compile a longlist of 20 titles. This list will be announced on 15 August 2017. From this list, the jurors will then select six titles for the shortlist, which will be published on 12 September 2017. These six authors will only find out which of them has won the German Book Prize on the evening of the award ceremony, which will take place in the Kaisersaal of the Frankfurt Römer on 9 October 2017, to coincide with the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair. The winner will receive 25,000 euros, the five finalists 2,500 euros each.

The German Book Prize is awarded by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels Stiftung – the Foundation of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. It receives funding from the Deutsche Bank Foundation, and additional partners include the Frankfurt Book Fair and the city of Frankfurt am Main.

Publishers may submit their titles




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Press contact

Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.

Thomas Koch
Director Press and Public Relations
Phone +49 (0) 69 1306-293

Cathrin Mund
PR Manager
Phone +49 (0) 69 1306-292