180 novels submitted by 106 publishers for German Book Prize

The 2024 German Book Prize has received a robust submission of 180 titles, showcasing the diverse landscape of German fiction, per publishingperspectives.com.

With publishers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland participating, the prestigious literary award continues to gain international attention. 

Among the submissions, 91 novels are from the current spring programme, while 76 are slated for autumn release, and 13 were published last autumn. Each publisher could submit a maximum of two titles published between October 2023 and September 17, 2024, alongside recommendations for five additional titles, totaling 116 novels in the list of recommendations.

Jury members for the 2024 German Book Prize are, from left, Gerrit Bartels, Klaus Nüchtern, Regina Moths, Natascha Freundel (chair), Torsten Hoffmann, Magda Birkmann, and Marianna Lieder. Image: Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, Christoph Jakob

The jury, comprising esteemed figures from the literary world, has appointed Natascha Freundel as their speaker. They will announce the 20 nominated titles on August 20, followed by the selection of six finalists for the shortlist on September 17. The winner of the German Book Prize will be revealed at the award ceremony on October 14, preceding the Frankfurter Buchmesse.

Sponsored by the Deutsche Bank Foundation and partnered with the Frankfurter Buchmesse and the city of Frankfurt am Main, the German Book Prize enjoys support from the television network Deutsche Welle, amplifying its reach both domestically and internationally.

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