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About the Award

The Internationale Literaturpreis moves literary practices and processes of worldwide contemporary literatures into the spotlight. What form and what language are taken on by storytelling and translating present-day complexities? How, in its mediations and transactions, does literature retain an eye for nuances and linguistic distinctions while renegotiating worlds, references and orders? How does transnational authorship determine our approaches to the world beyond national economies of culture and thought?

The Internationale Literaturpreis has been awarded annually since 2009 by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Stiftung Elementarteilchen (Hamburg). The award of €35,000 (€20,000 for the author and €15,000 for the translator) honors an outstanding work of contemporary international literature that has been translated into German for the first time. The award thus acknowledges the original work and its translation.

Since 2013, the Internationale Literaturpreis has been awarded as part of a literature festival. The Celebration of the Shortlist focuses on the narrative spectrum of the entire shortlist. It is about opening the boundaries of the literary canon and about the ability of stories and translations to expand social, fictional and linguistic horizons. A polyglot literary marathon of readings, talks and literary explorations will present all six of the shortlisted titles by the nominated authors and translators in both languages. Jury members and nominees will discuss current topics of contemporary literary storytelling and translating, literary motives and approaches to the world as well as their use of words and language.

Starting in 2017, the award will additionally be flanked by the residency program of the Literarische Colloquium Berlin (LCB), where the awardee duo will present their latest work during the author residency the following year.

The space created by the award for thoughts and conversations will be enhanced on the web by the Epitext blog. It contains interviews, essays and notes on the current award happenings as well as articles on literature and translation.

Once the shortlist is announced the current program for the year will be available at

The awardees are announced approx. 2 weeks prior to the award ceremony.


Please reach out to us with questions or ideas about the Internationale Literaturpreis:

Cordula Hamschmidt (project leader)

Tel.: +49 (0)30 39 787 121

Friederike Jacob (Press/public relations)

Mathias Zeiske (projection coordinator)

Tel.: +49 (0)30 39 787 125

Internationaler Literaturpreis – Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin