Literature and Book Market in Germany: Selected Links

Book Discussions German literature online   deutschenglishespañolрусский中文版 (Big5)portuguêsعربي

Portal for the Promotion of Contemporary German Literature
 [Federal Cultural Foundation, Germany; Goethe-Institut; Frankfurt Book Fair] portal for awarded literacy   deutsch

Presents books and audio books awarded a literary price; with critiques, biografies ot the authors and information about the awards including links

Book review database   deutsch

about 3000 books and audio books
 [Deutsche Welle]

Faust Kultur   deutsch

Although not a purely literary portal, the accuracy and high degree of informative content of the literary discussions speak for themselves.

“KrimiZEIT” list of the best works   deutsch

Every first Thursday of the month, 17 literary critics and mystery novel experts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland present the ten mystery novels they most enjoyed. The “KrimiZeit” list of the best works in this genre is produced in collaboration with DIE ZEIT, ARTE and NordWestRadio.

Literatur im DeutschlandRadio   deutsch

Critiques, interviews, portraits   deutsch

A portal for literary criticism with discussions of new works from the entire German-language cultural area. The reviews are distinguished by multi-faceted analysis and background information.   deutsch

Forum of reviews featuring literature in German and other languages
 [Philipps-Universität Marburg]

Perlentaucher   deutsch

Critiques, book shows, literary contributions to German daily newspapers

Spiegel - List of Bestsellers   deutsch

Ficion and Non-Fiction
 [Der Spiegel]

Weblog:   deutsch

News from the German book and media market: books, audio books and CDs from the world of fiction, nonfiction and music

Words Without Borders - The Online Magazine for International Literatur   english

The Online Magazine for International Literature presents contemporary international literature with sample translations into English, and portraits of writers and translators.

Book Fairs

Frankfurt Book Fair   deutschenglish

The biggest and most important fair worldwide for the international book and media industry

Leipzig Book Fair   deutschenglish

Annual Book Fair including the reading festival “Leipzig liest” (Leipzig reads)

Institutions and Organisations

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Literarischer Gesellschaften e.V.   deutsch

Umbrella organisation of literary associations

Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels   deutsch

Association of German Booksellers: Umbrella organisation of German publishers and book stores

German Literary Foundation, Darmstadt   deutsch

Supports German-language authors and German-language literature projects.

Goethe-Haus in Frankfurt a.M.   deutsch

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's birthplace incl. museum, library, and script collection

Kurt-Wolff-Stiftung, Leipzig   deutsch

Foundation promoting a multifaceted publishers and literary scene   deutsch

An umbrella organization for various big literary institutes in Germany and Austria.

MVB Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels GmbH   deutsch

Services and products supporting book marketing, e.g. Börsenblatt, Verzeichnis Lieferbarer Bücher

P.E.N.-Zentrum Deutschland   english

German centre of Interantional Authors' association, Links to other P.E.N. centres, 'Writers in Prison', 'Writers In Exile' and 'Writers for Peace'

Literary Awards and Festivals

Adelbert von Chamisso Award of the Robert Bosch Foundation   deutsch

An award made for outstanding literary achievements by authors writing in German whose native language is not German.

Georg-Büchner-Preis   deutsch

All award winners since 1951
 [Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung]

German Prize for Literature for Young People   deutsch

Prize for outstanding works of children and youth literature, awarded by the Association for Literature for Young People.

Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize   deutschenglish

Awarded each year for an outstanding literary translation from German into English.

International Literature Award - Haus der Kulturen der Welt   deutschenglish

Literature prize awarded to new works of contemporary international literature and their German translations

Leipzig Book Fair Prize   deutsch

Since 2005 the Leipzig Book Fair Prize is awarded annually in the categories fiction, non-fiction/essays and translation.

Literaturpreise und Literaturwettbewerbe   deutsch

Literature awards and competitions: listed by region, alphabetically and by genre
 [Handbuch für Autorinnen und Autoren]

Open Mike   deutsch

Literary competition for young authors
 [Literaturwerkstatt Berlin]

Peace Prize of the German Book Trade   deutschenglish

Annual award in the fields of literature, science or arts. Granted to individuals who have contributed to the idea of peace, humanity and understanding
Website informs about the foundation, prize winners and events
 [Association of Geman Publishers and Booksellers]

Tage der deutschsprachigen Literatur: Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis   deutsch

Contest of modern literature: All readings and discussions as video-on-demand (RealPlayer)

The German Book Prize   deutschenglish

Annual award for the best German language novel.
Even titles still in production when applications are first invited can also be included in the selection process.

Translation Programmes

Culture Programme of the EU   deutschenglish

Within the framework of a programme of the EU project Culture there is a translation promotion programme targeted towards publishing houses. It should be noted that up to ten works to be translated in a particular category (fiction or the arts) must be grouped together in one project. All translations must be undertaken by native speakers of the target language (i.e. the language into which the text is to be translated).

Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig   deutsch

Institute of literature afilated to Leipzig University. Study of literature (bachelor and master), focus on creative writing

Europäisches Übersetzer-Kollegium
North Rhine Westphalia in Straelen
(registered association)

Translators who have already completed at least two extensive translations and have a contract with a publishing house for an ongoing translation project can apply for a residence scholarship in Straelen. Translators find optimal conditions for their work here: exchange with colleagues, a comprehensive library and an atmosphere of concentration.

German Book Centres Abroad   deutschenglish

Overseas offices of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Offices in Bucharest, Peking, Moscow, Warsaw and New York.

German Literary Foundation, Darmstadt   deutsch

Supports German-language authors and German-language literature projects.

German Translators' Fund (registered association)   deutsch

The German Translators' Fund grants work, residence and travel scholarships. A work scholarship allows the recipient to work longer and more intensively on a text, while travel scholarships enable translators to undertake research for a particular book project, or give them the chance to refresh their linguistic and cultural knowledge of a country during the course of a two- to four-week stay. An independent jury of experts decides which applications to approve. Scholarship application guidelines can be downloaded from the homepage of the German Translators' Fund.

Ministry of Education, Art and Culture of the Republic of Austria   deutschenglish

The BMUKK provides grants for translators and promotes the translation and publication of fictional works by Austrian authors.

Pro Helvetia   deutschenglishfrançaisitaliano

The Swiss Cultural Foundation promotes fictional works by Swiss authors as well as books dealing with a Swiss cultural theme.

Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature (registered association)   deutschenglishespañolfrançais

Since 1984, the "Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature (registered association)" has been a central point of contact for the promotion of translations into German of fictional works from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The society aims to promote above all works by authors of which there are no or insufficient German translations, as well as works from countries whose literature is not sufficiently represented on the German-language book market. Only German and Swiss publishing houses can apply for grants towards such translations.

The Literary Colloquium Berlin LCB   deutschenglish

The LCB is one of the longest-standing institutions of literature promotion in Germany. The LCB offers regular workshops and summer academies where translators can obtain advanced training.

The literary translators   deutsch

This refers to the Federation of German-Speaking Literary Translators, on whose homepage are to be found all scholarships granted to translators, arranged clearly and chronologically by deadline. There is also information about all the relevant continuing education seminars, while an additional list contains all German translation prizes.

Web Portals and Directories

Düsseldorfer Virtuelle Bibliothek   deutsch

Düsseldorf Virtual Library: List of online literature 'German studies'
 [Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf]

Erlanger Liste: Literarische Archive und Sammlungen   deutsch

Annotated links to literature archives and collections
 [University of Erlangen]

Germanistik im Netz – Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Germanistik   deutsch

Portal of German liguistics and literature: compilation of selected electronic and conventional media, and sources of information offering userfriendly, structured access
 [Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main]

Literaturport   deutsch

Information platform on German literature; encyclopedia of authors, audio samples and literary walks

lyrikline: Personal Poetry Reading   englishespañolfrançaisعربي

Audio library for poetry read by the authors themselves, with biographical annotations
 [literaturWERKstatt berlin] – The Poetry Slam Portal   deutsch

Information about poetry slam: events, slam poets, etc.

Bücher, über die man spricht

New books on the German market

Call For Entries: ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival

For the 7th time, the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival is inviting entries for the competition to find the best poetry films. To qualify for entry, films should be short films based on poems. Deadline: 25 April 2014

Literature for children and youth

German language literature for children and youth

New Books in German

Reviews of new titles from Germany


News from Germany’s culture and society


News from the German book and media market: books, audio books and CDs from the world of fiction, nonfiction and music