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Starting signal for publishers

Starting signal for publishers

Starting now, publishers may nominate titles for the German Book Prize 2020 at Between now and 23 March 2020, they may each submit two German-language novels – and recommend up to five additional titles – from their current or forthcoming lists. To participate, applicants must be members of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels or the Swiss or Austrian equivalents, the Schweizer Buchhändler- und Verleger-Verband and the Hauptverband des Österreichischen Buchhandels. The books must be published between 1 October 2019 and 15 September 2020 (when the shortlist will be announced). The books themselves, reading copies, e-books or galley proofs may be submitted until 12 June 2020.

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, which will be announced on 18 August 2020. From this list, the jurors will then select six titles for the shortlist, which will be revealed on 15 September 2020. These six authors will only find out which of them has won the German Book Prize on the evening of the award ceremony.

The ceremony will be held in the Kaisersaal of the Frankfurt Römer on 12 October 2020, to coincide with the start of Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair). The winner will receive 25,000 euros, the five finalists 2,500 euros each. Saša Stanišić won the German Book Prize 2019 for his novel “Herkunft” (“Origins”).

The German Book Prize is awarded by the Stiftung Buchkultur und Leseförderung des Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (Foundation for Book Culture and the Promotion of Reading of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association). It receives funding from the Deutsche Bank Stiftung (Deutsche Bank Foundation), and additional partners include Frankfurter Buchmesse and the city of Frankfurt am Main. The television network Deutsche Welle supports the German Book Prize in its media activities both at home and abroad.

For more information on the German Book Prize or this year's jury, please follow the links.

Starting signal for publishers




Anne Weber receives German Book Prize 2020


German Book Prize: the Shortlist in English


Films: These are the finalists


Experience the award ceremony live


The six finalists