German Non-Fiction Prize 2024: Call for submissions

German Non-Fiction Prize 2024: Call for submissions

Seeking non-fiction book of the year: Until 17 November 2023 publishers can submit their titles for the German Non-Fiction Prize 2024 at

Submission and criteria

Publishers may submit two German-language monographs each from their current or planned programme and may recommend up to five additional titles. These titles must be published between 19 April 2023 and 23 April 2024 and be available in bookstores no later than 23 April, when the nominations will be announced. Publishers can subsequently submit advance reading copies, e-books and galleys through 6 February 2024. To participate, publishers must be members of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels or of the Swiss or Austrian equivalents, the Schweizer Buchhandels- und Verlags-Verband and the Hauptverband des Österreichischen Buchhandels, at the time of nomination.

The criteria for the award are the relevance of the topic, narrative power of the text, its presentation in non-technical language and the quality of the research.

You find further information in the submission forms of the German Non-Fiction Prize 2024

About the German Non-Fiction Prize

The German Non-Fiction Prize is awarded by the Stiftung Buchkultur und Leseförderung des Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels for outstanding non-fiction books in German-language original edition that inspire social debate. The non-fiction book of the year is selected through a two-stage process. An independent jury, to be announced on 6 November, will compile a list of nominations comprising eight titles, which will be published on 23 April 2024. From this selection, the members of the jury will choose the non-fiction book of the year. The eight authors will only find out which of them has won the German Non-Fiction Prize on the evening of the award ceremony itself. The ceremony takes place on 11 June 2024 at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg. The winner will receive 25,000 euros, the seven other finalists 2,500 euros each.


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