German Book Prize

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Not to be confused with the Deutscher Bücherpreis

The German Book Prize (Deutscher Buchpreis) is awarded annually in October by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, to the best German language novel of the year.[1] The books, published in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, are nominated by their publishers, who can propose up to two books from their current or planned publication list.[2] The books should be in shops before the short-list is announced in September of the award year. The winner is awarded € 25,000, while the five shortlisted authors receive € 2,500 each. It is presented annually during the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The prize was created in 2005 to heighten awareness for authors writing in German. It is based on the same idea as literary prizes such as the Man Booker Prize or the Prix Goncourt.[3]

Award winners[edit]


  1. ^ "The German Book Prize". Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Deutscher Buchpreis Selection process". Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The best novel of the year". Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Frank Witzel wins the German Book Prize 2015". October 12, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Lutz Seiler wins the German Book Prize 2014 for his novel "Kruso"" (Press release). Deutscher Buch Preis. October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Terézia Mora wins the German Book Prize 2013 for her novel "Das Ungeheuer"" (Press release). Deutscher Buch Preis. October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ursula Krechel wins the German Book Prize 2012 for her novel "Landgericht"" (Press release). Deutscher Buch Preis. October 8, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ Heide Soltau (October 11, 2011). "Eugen Ruge receives the 2011 German Book Prize". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ Michelle Martin (October 5, 2010). "Swiss writer beats odds to win German Book Prize". Reuters. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Kathrin Schmidt receives the German Book Prize 2009 for her novel "Du stirbst nicht"" (Press release). Deutscher Buchpreis. 2009. 
  11. ^ Alison Flood (October 14, 2008). "Uwe Tellkamp takes German Book Prize". The Guardian. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Julia Franck is awarded the German Book Prize 2007 for her novel Die Mittagsfrau" (Press release). Deutscher Buchpreis. 2007. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Katharina Hacker receives the German Book Prize 2006 for her novel Die Habenichtse" (Press release). Deutscher Buchpreis. 2006. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Arno Geiger receives the German Book Prize 2005" (Press release). Deutscher Buchpreis. 2005. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 

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