Feb 3, 2022

Internationaler Literaturpreis 2022: More submissions than ever before

A total of 151 titles were submitted by 76 publishers for the 2022 Internationaler Literaturpreis. This is the largest number of books submitted since the prize was established. The submissions include first translations from 31 languages and over 60 countries.

Publishers had until Jan 31, 2022 to submit up to three books published in German for the first time between May 1, 2021 and May 20, 2022 and published in the original language within the last 10 years.

In a multi-stage process, the jury first selects the shortlist of six books from the submissions and books nominated by them and then selects the duo of author and translator who will receive the prize.

The shortlist will be announced on May 24, 2022. The public award ceremony will take place on June 22, 2022 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.

Internationaler Literaturpreis 2022
Prize for Contemporary Literature in Translation

This is the fourter Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and Stiftung Elementarteilchen are awarding the Internationaler Literaturpreis. Endowed with €35,000 (€20,000 for the author and €15,000 for the translator) it honors an outstanding work of international contemporary literature in its first German translation. It thus honors the alliance of original work and the translation; a dual focus that makes it unique in the German awards landscape. For their shortlist nomination, all other authors and translators will receive €1000 each.

More information: hkw.de/literatureaward


May 24, 2022: Announcement of the shortlist

June 22, 2022: Award ceremony at HKW


Robin Detje
author and translator
Heike Geißler
Michael Götting
author and curator
Dominique Haensell
editor-in-chief of Missy Magazine
Verena Lueken
author and journalist
Annika Reich
author and activist
Elisabeth Ruge
editor and literary agent


The Internationaler Literaturpreis is awarded by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Stiftung Elementarteilchen (Hamburg).

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