Festival of German-Language Literature
The Festival of German-Language Literature, formerly Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, is a literary competition which takes place yearly in Klagenfurt, Austria. This publicized event, which lasts several days, is a major literary festival, with the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize as one of the most important awards for literature in the German language.
The prize winner is determined during a three-day reading marathon in which the previously-selected candidates present their literary contributions, which have to be unpublished, to the nine member professional jury and the public. The original language of these contributions must be German.. With this procedure, the writers have to convince the jury and the auditors of their contribution's quality. At this event, not only the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize is awarded but also several other literature prizes, in total usually three to five awards. In 2008, the jury was reduced to seven members, the competing writers from eighteen to fourteen. A moderator presents and guides the readings and the discussions of the jury. Since 2006, the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize is endowed with 25,000 EUR. In 2009, 56,500 EUR have been awarded to the participants in total.
In the mid seventies, the journalist and writer Humbert Fink and the chairman of the Austrian Radio and TV (ORF) studio in Carinthia at that time, Ernst Willner, intended to establish a literary competition based on a similar event of the Gruppe 47. The result was the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, later called Festival of German-Language Literature, which took place in 1977 for the first time.
The main prize of the competition is given in memory of Ingeborg Bachmann, one of the most distinguished Austrian writers. Over the years, additional prizes have been awarded:
- the Jury Prize, aka Kelag-Prize (since 2000, EUR 10,000)
- the 3sat Prize (given by 3sat, EUR 7,500)
- the Ernst Willner Prize(EUR 7,000)
- the Prize of the Audience (since 2002, EUR 5,000)
- Editor's special prize
Winners of the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize 
- 2012 Festival
- 2011 Festival
- 2010 Festival
- 2009 Festival
- 2008 Festival
- Ingeborg Bachmann Prize: Lutz Seiler for Turksib
- Telekom Austria Prize: Thomas Stangl for Ohne Titel ohne Ende
- 3sat Prize: Peter Licht for Die Geschichte meiner Einschätzung am Anfang des dritten Jahrtausends
- Ernst Willner Prize: Jan Böttcher for Freundwärts
- Prize of the Audience: Peter Licht for Die Geschichte meiner Einschätzung am Anfang des dritten Jahrtausends
- Ingeborg Bachmann Prize: Kathrin Passig: Sie befinden sich hier
- Telekom Austria Prize: Bodo Hell for Stadt Land Berg
- 3sat Prize: Norbert Scheuer for Überm Rauschen
- Ernst Willner Prize: Angelika Overath for Das Aquarium
- Prize of the Audience: Kathrin Passig: Sie befinden sich hier
- 2004 Uwe Tellkamp: Der Schlaf in den Uhren
- 2003 Inka Parei: Excerpts from the novel Was Dunkelheit war
- 2002 Peter Glaser: Geschichte von Nichts
- 2001 Michael Lentz: Muttersterben
- 2000 Georg Klein: Excerpt from a long work of prose
- 1999 Terézia Mora: Der Fall Ophelia
- 1998 Sibylle Lewitscharoff: PONG.
- 1997 Norbert Niemann: Wie man's nimmt
- 1996 Jan Peter Bremer: Der Fürst spricht
- 1995 Franzobel: Die Krautflut
- 1994 Reto Hänny: Guai
- 1993 Kurt Drawert: "Haus ohne Menschen. Ein Zustand"
- 1992 Alissa Walser: "Geschenkt"
- 1991 Emine Sevgi Özdamar: "Das Leben ist eine Karawanserei"
- 1990 Birgit Vanderbeke: "Das Muschelessen"
- 1989 Wolfgang Hilbig: "Eine Übertragung"
- 1988 Angela Krauß: "Der Dienst"
- 1987 Uwe Saeger: "Ohne Behinderung, ohne falsche Bewegung"
- 1986 Katja Lange-Müller: "Kaspar Mauser - Die Feigheit vorm Freund"
- 1985 Hermann Burger: "Die Wasserfallfinsternis von Bad Gastein"
- 1984 Erica Pedretti: "Das Modell und sein Maler"
- Award: Thomas Strittmatter: "Der Schwarzwursthammer"
- 1983 Friederike Roth: From "Das Buch des Lebens"
- 1982 Jürg Amann: "Rondo"
- Federation of Austrian Industry Prize: Einar Schleef: Wittenbergplatz
- 1981 Urs Jaeggi: Ruth
- 1980 Sten Nadolny: Kopenhagen 1801
- 1979 Gert Hofmann: Die Fistelstimme
- Award: Walter Müller: Apokalypso
- 1978 Ulrich Plenzdorf: kein runter kein fern
- 1977 Gert Jonke: Erster Entwurf zum Beginn einer sehr langen Erzählung
See also 
- Ingeborg Bachmann
- German literature
- List of literary awards
- List of poetry awards
- List of years in literature
- List of years in poetry
- Literary award
- See the announcement of the Bachmann Prize at the Uschtrin Service, retrieved on 2011-04-04.
- English information on the Prize of 2009, retrieved on 2011-04-04.