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Internationaler Literaturpreis 2020

Prize for Contemporary Literature in Translation
Award Ceremony July 1, 2020

© Christian Werner (Los Angeles, 2019)

© Christian Werner (Los Angeles, 2019)

What forms does contemporary storytelling take on? The Internationaler Literaturpreis is dedicated to this question now for the twelfth time – at a time when the response to global complexities is often to retreat into national egoisms and narratives of exclusion. Narratives meet counter-narratives. At the same time, literature and art have become preferred venues for political conflicts. It seems all the more important to focus on contemporary international literature and its translation. Translation creates spaces in which unknowns are conveyed, spaces in which difference persists and is made productively legible. To acknowledge and promote this work, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Stiftung Elementarteilchen will be awarding the Internationaler Literaturpreis once again in 2020.

Title submission

German-language publishing houses can apply with up to three books first translated into German from their latest or scheduled programs by January 31, 2020.
More information in German…

Dates in 2019

January 31, 2020
Application deadline for publishing houses

May 19, 2020
Announcement of the shortlist
Buchhandlung ocelot
Brunnenstraße 181, 10119 Berlin

1 July, 2020
Awarding of the Internationaler Literaturpreis
Haus der Kulturen der Welt

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Internationaler Literaturpreis 2019