Ceremony October 17th 2022
Starting now, publishers can submit titles for the German Book Prize 2022 at www.deutscher-buchpreis.de/anmeldung. Until 25 March 2022, 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 (German Publishers and Booksellers Association) or of the Swiss or Austrian equivalents, the Schweizer Buchhändler- und Verleger-Verband and Hauptverband des Österreichischen Buchhandels. The books must be published between 1 October 2021 and 20 September 2022, when the shortlist will be announced. The books themselves, reading copies, e-books or galley proofs may be submitted until 17 June 2022.
The novel of the year is selected through a multiple-stage process. First, the jury reviews all novels submitted by publishers and compiles a longlist of 20 titles, which will be announced on 23 August 2022. From this list, the jurors then select six titles for the shortlist, which will be released on 20 September 2022. These six authors will only find out who among them has won the German Book Prize on the evening of the award ceremony itself.
The ceremony will be held in the Kaisersaal of the Frankfurt Römer on 17 October 2022 to coincide with the start of Frankfurter Buchmesse. The winner will receive 25,000 euros, the five finalists 2,500 euros each. Antje Rávik Strubel won the German Book Prize 2021 for her novel “Blaue Frau” (“Blue Woman”).
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). The main sponsor of the German Book Prize is the Deutsche Bank Stiftung
(Deutsche Bank Foundation), and the city of Frankfurt am Main is also a partner. The television network Deutsche Welle supports the German Book Prize in its media activities both at home and abroad.