Festival of German-Language Literature

Festival of German-Language Literature

The Festival of German-Language Literature, formerly Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, is a literary competition which takes place yearly in literature in the German language.


The prize winner is determined during a three-day reading marathon in which the previously-selected candidates present their literary contributions, which have to be unpublished, to the nine member professional jury and the public. The original language of these contributions must be German..[1] With this procedure, the writers have to convince the jury and the auditors of their contribution's quality. At this event, not only the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize is awarded but also several other literature prizes, in total usually three to five awards. In 2008, the jury was reduced to seven members, the competing writers from eighteen to fourteen. A moderator presents and guides the readings and the discussions of the jury. Since 2006, the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize is endowed with 25,000 EUR. In 2009, 56,500 EUR have been awarded to the participants in total.[2]


In the mid seventies, the journalist and writer Humbert Fink and the chairman of the Austrian Radio and TV (ORF) studio in Carinthia at that time, Ernst Willner, intended to establish a literary competition based on a similar event of the Gruppe 47. The result was the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, later called Festival of German-Language Literature, which took place in 1977 for the first time.

The main prize of the competition is given in memory of Ingeborg Bachmann, one of the most distinguished Austrian writers. Over the years, additional prizes have been awarded:

  • the Jury Prize, aka Kelag-Prize (since 2000, EUR 10,000)
  • the 3sat Prize (given by 3sat, EUR 7,500)
  • the Ernst Willner Prize(EUR 7,000)
  • the Prize of the Audience (since 2002, EUR 5,000)
  • Editor's special prize

Winners of the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize

  • 2010 Festival
    • Ingeborg Bachmann Prize: Peter Wawerzinek for Rabenliebe
    • Kelag Prize: Dorothee Elmiger for Einladung an die Waghalsigen
    • 3sat Prize: Judith Zander for Dinge, die wir heute sagten
    • Ernst Willner Prize: Aleks Scholz for Google Earth
    • Prize of the Audience: Peter Wawerzinek for Rabenliebe
  • 2008 Festival
    • Ingeborg Bachmann Prize: Tilman Rammstedt for Der Kaiser von China]
    • Telekom Austria Prize: Markus Orths: Das Zimmermädchen
    • 3sat Prize: Patrick Findeis for Kein schöner Land
    • Ernst Willner Prize: Clemens J. Setz for Die Waage
    • Prize of the Audience: Tilman Rammstedt for Der Kaiser von China
  • 2007
    • Ingeborg Bachmann Prize: Lutz Seiler for Turksib
    • Telekom Austria Prize: Thomas Stangl for Ohne Titel ohne Ende
    • 3sat Prize: Peter Licht for Die Geschichte meiner Einschätzung am Anfang des dritten Jahrtausends
    • Ernst Willner Prize: Jan Böttcher for Freundwärts
    • Prize of the Audience: Peter Licht for Die Geschichte meiner Einschätzung am Anfang des dritten Jahrtausends
  • 2006
    • Ingeborg Bachmann Prize: Kathrin Passig: Sie befinden sich hier
    • Telekom Austria Prize: Bodo Hell for Stadt Land Berg
    • 3sat Prize: Norbert Scheuer for Überm Rauschen
    • Ernst Willner Prize: Angelika Overath for Das Aquarium
    • Prize of the Audience: Kathrin Passig: Sie befinden sich hier
  • 2005
    • Ingeborg Bachmann Prize: Thomas Lang: Am Seil
    • Telekom Austria Prize: Julia Schoch for Der Ritt durch den Feind
    • 3sat Prize: Anne Weber for Auszug
    • Ernst Willner Prize: Natalie Balkow for Oben, wo nichts mehr ist
    • Prize of the Audience: Saša Stanišić for Was wir im Keller spielen …

See also


  1. ^ See the announcement of the Bachmann Prize at the Uschtrin Service, retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  2. ^ English information on the Prize of 2009, retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  3. ^ Rubinowitz gewinnt Bachmannpreis kaernten.orf.at, 6 July 2014
  4. ^ Petrowskaja gewinnt Bachmannpreis kaernten.orf.at, 7 July 2013

External links

  • Official English website
  • Article on the festival (2010) in the Austrian newspaper Der Standard.