By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
Critic Katharina Teutsch Named Jury ChairAs you’ll remember, the €25,000 German Book Prize is awarded by the Stiftung Buchkultur und Leseförderung des Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, the foundation of Germany’s publishers and booksellers association.
That body today (April 4) has released figures about this year’s competition. The information is led by the news that 111 publishers from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria have submitted novels for contention.
Of those publishers, 81 are based in Germany; 10 are in Switzerland; and 20 are in Austria.
Together, they have submitted 172 titles for the jury’s consideration.
Of those titles, we’re told taht 97 are from those publishers’ current spring lists, with 70 more to be released in the autumn. Five of the titles submitted were published last autumn.
Each publisher was allowed to submit a maximum of two titles that were or will be published between October 2022 and September 19, when the shortlist will be announced. In addition, they could each recommend up to five more titles. This year, the list of recommendations included 105 novels. The jury may request titles from this list for inclusion in the selection process.
The submissions period closed on March 22. A longlist is expected on August 22. After that September 19 announcement of the shortlist, the awards ceremony will be held on October 16, shortly before the October 19 to 22 run of Frankfurter Buchmesse.
The Jury Gets to Work
During its first meeting, jurors chose the critic Katharina Teutsch as their chair.
As we’ve reported, the jury this year comprises:
- Chair: Katharina Teutsch (independent critic)
- Shila Behjat (journalist and publicist)
- Heinz Drügh (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main)
- Melanie Muhl (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
- Lisa Schumacher (bookshop “Steinmetz’sche Buchhandlung”, Offenbach)
- Florian Valerius (bookshop “Gegenlicht Buchhandlung”, Trier)
- Matthias Weichelt (Sense and Form literary journal)
The winning author in this competition receives €25,000 (US$27,367). Each of the five finalists receives €2,500 (US$2,737).
As Publishing Perspectives readers know, the German Book Prize in 2022 went to Kim de L’Horizon’s Blutbuch (Blood Book), published in July by DuMont Buchverlag, one of Germany’s key independent houses.
Blutbuch explores family secrets, as triggered by a grandmother’s dementia and told by a narrator who is sexually non-binary and experiencing a certain release in writing.