New Book Prize Offers 20,000 Euros to German Self-Publishers

In Discussion by Siobhan O'Leary

Online voters will determine which self-published books deserve accolades — and cash — at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.

By Siobhan O’Leary

Der neue Buchpreis

A new prize slated to be awarded at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair is certainly reflective of the publishing times in which we live. Der neue Buchpreis (dnbp) — The New Book Prize for Publishing Innovation — will be bestowed on self-published German-language authors in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, science and book design. A total of €20,000 euros in prize-winnings will be awarded by an online community and a jury of industry experts, including literary agent Petra Eggers and author Cora Stephan. The prize was launched by the Tagesspiegel, the self-publishing platform epubli and die ZEIT online.

Authors can enter the competition by publishing their work free of charge on www.epubli.de and unlocking it for consideration in a particular category. A first round of winners — the top 5 in each category — will be chosen by online voters from July 27th to September 7th. The jury will then select a winner in each category from those titles. Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 13th, at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Epubli is a digital startup and subsidiary of the Holtzbrinck Group. It is an online self-publishing and print-on-demand platform that allows users to create a book, print it and bind it in the format and print run size of their choosing. The author receives a predetermined royalty for each book sold.

About the Author

Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary is a literary agent, translator and writer based in Berlin. She previously worked in the Foreign Rights department of the Crown Publishing Group (Random House) and at the publishing consulting firm Market Partners International.